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The Prestige Awards is sponsored annually by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievements by Louisiana radio and television broadcasters.This competition was established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity.

Join the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters in celebrating local radio and television stations' successes on March 21st for the 2019 Annual Prestige Awards Luncheon held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lafayette, LA. Award Submissions are now open and close February 1st, 2019. 

In addition to the awards luncheon, national speaker, Derron Steenbergen will be presenting "Rising Above the Distracted and Overwhelmed Salesforce" before the awards luncheon. Registration is required to attend either or both of these events.

Sales Seminar Speaker

  "This interactive sales session will begin by focusing on an industry riddle that
   everyone is trying to solve. We will identify it and help you establish an approach
   to successfully maneuver it. 
Today’s salesforce is terribly distracted and extremely overwhelmed. If this sounds
   like you or your team you will not want to miss this session."

   -Derron Steenbergen

2019 Award Entry Guidelines

The Prestige Awards is open to LAB member stations which have a primary audience in Louisiana.
Entries must have been produced and broadcast during the period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Entries must be totally created and produced by the station. Material produced with outside advertising or production agency assistance is not eligible. Entries are limited to one per station in each of the categories. An entry can only be
entered in one category.
LAB Member stations must be in good standing and have paid their 2019 dues.
All entries must have :30 second video with sound for the award presentation. If your submission doesn’t have this, your submission will be disqualified.

There is no entry fee to participate in this contest.

If it is determined an entry is not fully locally produced and/or is entered with false documentation, the station and ownership of that station will not be permitted to submit for that award for a period of two years.
As in any contest, conflicts may arise. Issues involving
judging of entries will be resolved by the judges; their
decisions will be final. Issues involving interpretation of the rules and procedures of the LAB Prestige Awards will be settled by the Executive Staff of the LAB and, if deemed necessary by the Executive Staff, in consultation with the LAB Awards Committee. Their decisions will be final.

To insure objectivity, judging is conducted by a panel of broadcast experts from outside the state of Louisiana. They will evaluate all entries based on the criteria listed in the “Awards Categories” sections on the following pages. There will be one winner in each category. If the judges think an entry was submitted in the wrong category, they may move it to the proper category. The decision of the judges will be final.

TELEVISION         Large Market          Baton Rouge, New Orleans/Metairie, Shreveport/Bossier City
                              Small Market          All others

RADIO                   Major Market          Baton Rouge, New Orleans/Metairie, Shreveport/Bossier City
                              Large Market          Alexandria/Pineville, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe/W. Monroe
                              Medium Market      Hammond, Houma, Ruston, Morgan City, New Iberia
                              Small Market          All others

Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact the LAB office at (225) 267-4522 or via email to Angela Chirico at

Create your account in seconds.
B.) Click “Submit Entry” from your station page and fill in the blanks.
C.) Acceptable file types for entries include:
.mp3, .mp4, .avi, .mov, .wmv, .doc, .pdf, .png, and .jpg
D.) Video entries must use a link from YouTube, Vimeo or other video hosting sites.
Audio: Upload to
  or other hosting site
Important: Check URL’s to make sure they are correct, and they work. If password protected, you must provide username/password in the Comments section of your entry. Judges may disqualify your entry if work samples are inaccessible.

Entries must be submitted electronically through the website no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.



Best Use of Social Media –Radio

KHXT-FM Lafayette, La.

Best Use of Social Media - Television

WWL-TV New Orleans, LA

Community Service – Radio

KTDY-FM Lafayette, La. 

Community Service – Television

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La.

Uniquely Louisiana – Radio

WTGE-FM Baton Rouge, La. 

Uniquely Louisiana – Television

WLPB-TV Baton Rouge, La.

Election Coverage – Radio

WWL AM/FM New Orleans, La. 

Election Coverage – Television

KTBS-TV Shreveport, La.

Best Sports Show – Radio

WNXX-FM Baton Rouge, LA

Best Sports Show – Television

KNOE-TV Monroe, La.

Best Live On-Site Remote - Radio

KPEL-FM Lafayette, La.

Best Weathercast - Television

WVLA-TV Baton Rouge, La.

Best Morning Show - Radio

KRVE-FM Baton Rouge, La.

Best Morning Show-Television

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La.

Best Interview - Radio

WWL AM/FM New Orleans, La.

Investigative Reporting - Television

WVUE-TV New Orleans, La.

Best Personality/Team - Radio

KQID-FM Alexandria, La.

Breaking News – Television

WVUE-TV New Orleans, La.

Promotion of the Year – Radio

KLFY-TV-FM Lafayette, La.

Promotion of the Year – Television

WTGE-FM Baton Rouge, La.

Station of the Year – Small Market Radio

KVPI-FM Ville Platte, LA

Reporter of the Year – Television

Doug Warner, KSLA-TV
Shreveport, La.

Station of the Year – Medium Market Radio

KXKZ-FM Ruston, LA

Best Series or Documentary – Television

KTBS-TV Shreveport, La.

Station of the Year – Large Market Radio

KHXT-FM Lafayette, La.


Photojournalist of the Year – Television

Rick Rowe, KTBS-TV
Shreveport, La.

Station of the Year – Major Market Radio

WWOZ-FM New Orleans, La.

Station of the Year – Small Market Television

KATC-TV Lafayette, La.

Best Newscast – Television

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La. 

Station of the Year – Large Market Television

WAFB-TV Baton Rouge, La.

LAB Scholarship

Amanda Kitch, Southeastern Louisiana University


LAB Scholarship

Katelynn Sprague, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Student Broadcaster of the Year

Wesley Boone, The Southeastern Channel
Hammond, La.

Lifetime Achievement – Radio

Scotty Drake, Guaranty Media
Baton Rouge, La.

Broadcast Engineer of the Year

Andrew Cannatella, WDSU-TV
New Orleans, La.

Lifetime Achievement – Television

Sylvia Weatherspoon, WBRZ-TV
Baton Rouge, La.

Broadcaster of the Year

Joel Vilmenay, WDSU-TV
New Orleans, La.




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