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WGEM Q2 2019 Community Report

Great River Honor Flight

On April 6th, the Great River Honor Flight set off for Washington, DC. To date, Great River Honor Flight, the Tri-States’ hub of the Honor Flight program, has flown 1,760 veterans over the course of 54 missions that live in our area to honor them for all they have sacrificed. They visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service.

Junior Achievement Trivia Night

Evening News Anchor, Alexandra Carter was the repeat Master of Ceremony for the Junior Achievement Trivia Night on April 6th. Each year, JA helps students in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. WGEM sponsored the event that was attended by Administration and Human Resources Manager, Terri Stutheit, Master Control Operators, Lyndzie Thoms and Andrew McCullough and Station Services Manager, Niki Estepp.

Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards

WGEM News received extensive honors during the Iowa Broadcast News Association’s annual convention held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa, Saturday, April 13th. WGEM News took home 13 awards, including the coveted “Overall Excellence in News” award. Shown here is Morning Anchor, Don Dwyer, who spent the past few years covering the Iowa territory prior to becoming an anchor.

Small Business ConnectionFest

The Small Business ConnectionFest was held at the Kroc Center in Quincy on Wednesday, April 17th. The event allowed local students to deliver small business proposals to business professionals from the Quincy area and they then received feedback on their proposal. The event was put on by the Great River Economic Development Foundation Adams County Works team and the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. Shown here are General Sales Manager, Ben Van Ness and Digital Sales Manager, Dave Davis.

Dream Big in Color

Quincy High School Foundation held their annual Dream Big in Color event. Over 900 runners participated in the event where they were doused by color by various organizations and groups. Shown here is Radio Operations Manager, Greg Harley.

John Wood Community College Career Fair

Radio Operations Manager, Greg Harley represented WGEM at the John Wood Community College Career Fair held on the campus of John Wood. Special thanks to Marketing Manager, Shawn Dickerman, for setting up the booth with information about the opportunities available at WGEM.

Arts Access Leader of the Year Award

Vice President and General Manager of WGEM, Carlos Fernandez, received the Arts Access Leader of the Year award presented by Art Quincy on May 1. This award is given to a person making a significant effort to increase fine arts access and connect existing programs with people in underserved parts of the community.

Weather Radio Tour

Chief Meteorologist, Mike Cole, along with Meteorologist Jeremy Ledford and Meteorologist Chelsea Smith greeted the public at the Hy-Vee in Hannibal, Missouri, to help them program their weather radios to get them ready for severe weather that will soon be upon us.

Arts Nonprofit of the Year

The Washington Theater was awarded the Arts Nonprofit of the Year. Shown here is Director of Operations, Jim Lawrence receiving the honor that is giving to an organization that has made a substantial impact on the cultural development of the area, demonstrated through exceptional artistic achievement.

Dogwood Festival

The rain held off long enough on May 4th to provide great weather for the Dogwood Festival Parade. Once again, WGEM aired the parade live on NBC. Shown here are the members of the News Today team that hosted the coverage and the production team: Devin Christmon (Camera), Don Dwyer (Morning Anchor), John Ott (Director), Natalie Will (Morning Anchor), Carlos Fernandez (General Manager), Parker Arrowsmith (Camera), Drew Brown (Multimedia Journalist), Jeremy Ledford (Meteorologist), Alec Taylor (director), Shawn Dickerman (Marketing Manager), Lewis Denckla (camera) and Jim Lawrence (Director of Operations).

In addition to the broadcast production crew, a large number of WGEM employees walked in the Dogwood Festival Parade: Ben VanNess (Sales Manager), Jane Rollison (Account Executive), Greg Harley (Radio Operations Manager), Kara Biernat (Multimedia Journalist), Zach Voss (Assignment Editor), Tony Cornish, Jr. (Sports Director), Doreen James (Account Executive), Cassidy Voss (Local Sales Coordinator), Chelsea Smith (Meteorologist), Dylan Austin (Evening Anchor), Mike Cole (Chief Meteorologist), Anne Schreacke (Receptionist) and Ryan Mumma (Radio Co-Host).

Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club

Sports Directory, Tony Cornish, Jr., has rapidly become the most requested public speaker at community events. He spoke about his career in sports broadcasting with the Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club.

Missouri Broadcasters’ Association Awards

WGEM was recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association at their annual banquet held in Branson on June 8th. Honors were in the areas of Commercial Advertisements, Public Service Announcements and Station Sponsored Events. Receiving the awards were Program Manager, Terri Stutheit, Marketing Manager, Shawn Dickerman, and News Director, Chad Mahoney who was also the Chairman for the convention.

Illinois Broadcast Hall of Fame

General Manager, Carlos Fernandez introduced network political commentator George Will as he was inducted into the Illinois Broadcast Hall of Fame at their Chicago meeting.

Graduation Ceremonies

WGEM was delighted to assist Quincy University, Quincy High School and John Wood Community College with their graduation ceremonies. For QU, we covered the ceremony and will provide DVD copies for them. For JWCC and QHS, we streamed their ceremonies over our website. Shown here is QHS.

Gus Macker Basketball Tournament

Quincy was once again home of the Memorial Day Weekend 3-on-3 Gus Macker basketball tournament put on by the Exchange Service Club. Despite the humidity and threat of rain, this event had a great turnout.

Grand Prix of Karting

Sports Director Tony Cornish, Jr. drove a kart at the Grand Prix of Karting that took place in Quincy’s South Park the first weekend in June. WGEM was honored to have been a major sponsor for this event.

Kickoff to Pool Season

Part of the official kickoff to pool season involves the tradition of a live broadcast from the pool at the Jackson-Lincoln pool. Chief Meteorologist Mike Cole was live with the swimmers on opening day.

Little People’s Golf Tournament

While the Little People’s Golf tournament had to be cancelled because of bad weather, that didn’t stop the participants from celebrating the event at their kickoff dinner on June 17th. Sports Director Tony Cornish, Jr. was live from the site of the dinner to welcome the golfers.

Severe Weather and Flooding

Flooding started in April and has not been able to give the area much of a break in the midst of several days of tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms.

GEM Night at the Quincy Gems

Despite a delayed start because of rain, WGEM Night at the Quincy Gems game was a lot of fun. Gem Bird helped to show off the new WGEM Your Weather Authority umbrella.

WGEM Sports Center host, Ryan Mumma led the crowd during the 7th Inning Stretch to sing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”.

Flood Watch

The Tri-States experienced historic flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers this spring and some areas are still dealing with residual flood issues. WGEM reported live from the site of local sand-bagging efforts and road closures.

Macomb Heritage Days Festival

One of the more popular events in our viewing area is the annual Macomb Heritage Days Festival. WGEM broadcast the parade live on WGEM hosted by Morning Anchor Natalie Will. Production assistance provided by Matt Schreacke (Technical), Jim Lawrence (Programming), Carlos Fernandez (General Manager), Alec Taylor (Camera), Devin Christmon (Camera) and Clayton Buhrmester (Quintern).

Hannibal Regional Hospital Prep Athlete Scholarships

WGEM Sports Center was live on the morning of June 18th to present certificates to the winners of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Prep Athlete Scholarships. Hosts Broc Hampsmire and Ryan Mumma were live with Laken Hugenberg, scholarship recipient, and the parents of Jirehl Brock, scholarship recipient.

Jim Roberts

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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