In a statewide celebration of broadcasting excellence, The Big 1070 took home awards in play-by-play, specialty programming, and best radio show, with The Mike Heller Show collecting three awards at the 2018 WBA Gala.
The Big 1070 submitted entries in the large market division of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards for Excellence.
In the Specialty Programming category, The Mike Heller Show won top billing for Mike's tribute to his mother (you can listen to the segment below). For Best Radio Show, The Mike Heller Show placed third (go here for the latest episodes).
iHeartMedia swept the play-by-play category. Jon Arias won his second-straight first-place award (and sixth overall) for his call of Wisconsin's upset of Nebraska in volleyball (listen to the broadcast below). In second place, The Big 1070's coverage of Lodi's first-ever state football championship, with Jimmie Kaska on the call, was recognized (you can listen to the game below). iHeartMedia-Milwaukee's UW-Milwaukee basketball coverage came in third.
For a full list of all of the awards, you can go here.
Photo: Mike Heller
Madison sports station WTSO @thebig1070 wins Best Sports Play-By-Play for calling a volleyball match where Wisconsin upset Nebraska. https://t.co/V4qgBwkSrT @BadgerVB @UWBadgers @Huskervball @JonAriasRadio #wbagala— WBA (@WIBroadcasters) May 6, 2018
This is the first-place segment won by The Mike Heller Show, Mike's tribute to his mom:
Below is the broadcast that earned top billing in the state in 2017, Jon Arias' call of Wisconsin-Nebraska volleyball:
In second place of the play-by-play category, Jimmie Kaska's call of Lodi's first-ever state football championship: