Does It Work? at the Emmy Awards - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Does It Work? at the Emmy Awards

Hundreds decked out in dazzle me outfits met in beautiful downtown Houston for the Fourth Annual Emmy Awards Gala.  It was held at the Verizon Wireless Theatre right next to Hard Rock Cafe in the Theatre District. The National Television Academy holds its Emmy Awards ceremony to recognize the most experienced and talented television professionals from all of Texas' 19 television markets.

But my experience would lead me to believe, major markets, like Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are the primary entries for this prestigious award. But this year, NewsChannel 11's Does It Work? segment was nominated.

Remember that time when there were five of me doing chores around the house?  Or how about that time the ketchup exploded "all over the wall, the napkin holder and all over Suleika's pretty cardigan sweater"?   Even our friend Evelyn Hallgren made the cut with her Magic Bullet test. 

We had a blast testing all those crazy products and the judges needed to see that for sure!  But winning the Emmy would be tough.  I was up against all Houston stations with one nominee having 20 Emmys already.  As winners from each category were being announced and Emmy trophies were handed out, my hands grew sweaty and my heart started pounding. I was thinking,  "if I win, who will I thank?"

I was extremely nervous as my category came up fast. The presenter for my award was Texas Country Reporter host, Bob Phillips.  "Up next,  business-consumers series nominees are 'Credit Counseling Crisis', KHOU-TV Houston; Does It Work?, KCBD-TV Lubbock; 'Getting Hosed', KTRK-TV Houston; and 'Sales Tax', KTRK-TV Houston.'  And the Emmy goes to -- KTRK 'Getting Hosed'."

So I didn't win, but that was OK because I had an awesome experience. Who beat me?  His name is Wayne Dolcefino, a seasoned investigative reporter with 21 years experience. He's the one I told you had the 20 Emmys already.  Go figure!

"She didn't win only because I was backstage and did things to the cards!," said Wayne.

He was really funny and nice.  "You'll get your 20 some day, maybe 30, who knows!" 

He also had time to give me pointers on how to be the best.  "You told me about the cheese factor which I'm all about talk about that," said Cecelia.   "I call it "shtick."  I'm from New York and for those of you in Lubbock who don't know what "shtick" is, it is adding cheese and sarcasm in the report. People like it," Wayne replied.

NewsChannel 11 was the only small market TV station represented at the Emmy awards.  TV markets like Tyler, El Paso, and Harlingen had nominations as well.

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