The first annual Gary Owens Commercial Production Awards were presented by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association (SDBA) at their annual state leadership conference held September 5th and 6th at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD. Winners were chosen in both radio and television categories and each recipient was awarded a cash prize and presented with a certificate of recognition.
In the Radio Category, Jay Murphy of Results Radio / Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls received first place honors, and Jason Schaunaman of Hub City Radio in Aberdeen, received second place for their radio commercial productions. In the Television Category, Rodney Bergeson of KTTW-TV in Sioux Falls received first place and Amanda Swenson of KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, received second place for their TV commercial productions.
In order to be eligible, all commercials must have aired on a member station of the SDBA at least ten times in the past year. All commercials must have been produced by a full-time employee of that station for one of their advertisers.
The SD Broadcasters Association is a trade association that represents South Dakota’s radio and television stations. It provides education, regulatory assistance and legislative representation to its members.