WISH-TV wins 3 IBA Spectrum Awards

From left to right, WISH-TV producer Trey Friedrichs, WISH-TV evening anchor Brooke Martin and WISH-TV photojournalist Alex Hadley (Provided Photo/Indiana Broadcasters Association)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — WISH-TV was awarded three Spectrum Awards by the Indiana Broadcasters Association Thursday during the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

Nominated for awards in five categories, WISH-TV took three top IBA Spectrum Awards, honoring the station’s commitment to localism, weather, and sports.

The award for News Feature/Use of Medium recognizes WISH-TV’s signature ‘WISH Patrol’ franchise led by anchor Brooke Martin, producer Trey Friedrichs, and photojournalist Alex Hadley. The awarded story showcased the community’s response to the home burglary of two grandmothers.

The award for Best Weather Coverage recognizes Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown for the Storm Track 8 weather team’s winter weather coverage.

WISH-TV Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown (Provided Photo/Indiana Broadcasters Association)

The award for Best Sports Coverage recognizes Sports Director Anthony Calhoun, and sports producers Ross Bolin and Brian Eckstein for WISH-TV’s ‘The Zone’ weekly high school sports program.

WISH-TV sports producer Brian Eckstein (left) and WISH-TV Sports Director Anthony Calhoun (Provided Photo/Indiana Broadcasters Association)

The Spectrum Awards were presented during the 2020 Indiana Broadcasters Association conference held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards recognize broadcast excellence for outstanding achievement by Indiana radio and television stations.

The competition is established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. It brings the ultimate prize of peer recognition to members of the broadcast industry of Indiana.