The honor was bestowed by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, which awarded the radio station for its “Concert for the Chesapeake Bay” event held last year.
In a unique collaboration with Maryland Public Television, WTMD simulcast a live concert that featured artists such as Cris Jacobs Band, Old Man Brown, Rachael Yamagata and Caleb Saleem. Throughout the broadcast, listeners were encouraged to help restore the health of the bay through volunteerism—for example, planting grasses, removing litter, making phones calls and mailing information.
“The bay is the lifeblood of our region,” said Steve Yasko, general manager of WTMD, before the concert. “We and MPT understand that our job is to bring the challenges the bay is facing to our listeners and viewers and provide them a way to make their own individual contributions, ensuring its health and beauty for all of us.”
Yasko was presented with the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Community Service Emmy Award at the 55th annual Emmy gala on Saturday, June 15 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The ceremony recognized 2012 work in some 90 categories of production and television crafts, with the competition open to television stations, companies, production houses and independent producers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.