Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 may have a long way to go to declare itself a success in the local television news ratings race, but it certainly did okay at the 51st annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards show last Saturday at Park West. More than okay, actually.
Now headed by General Manager Michael Renda, WFLD won 10 Emmys, more than any other TV station in the regional competition. WFLD was honored with two Emmys for two investigative reports titled "Murder or Suicide?" and "Property Taxes" and another Emmy for an investigative series titled "Contingency Fund." The station also got nods for two hard news single features titled "Cop Killer Coverup?" and "Stop the Presses?" WFLD's other wins included Emmys for a medical specialty report, a hard news feature series and a politics/government specialty report.
Local TV insiders who have followed the Emmys for years says those stations that submit the largest number of entries often wind up with the most Emmys. WFLD, it could be said, is an avid participant in the Emmy competition. ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, by far the dominant outlet in the local TV news ratings competition, does submit entries for Emmy consideration, but not so aggressively as some other stations.