FOX Sports Detroit takes home nine Michigan EMMYs

June 12, 2017

FOX Sports Detroit was honored with nine EMMYs on Saturday night by the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards were presented at the organization's 39th annual ceremony at Motor City Casino’s Hotel’s Sound Board Theatre in Detroit.

The FOX Sports Detroit winning entries included an EMMY for overall Station Excellence. FOX Sports Detroit has received 130 EMMY’s overall since 2000, including 85 over the last nine years.

"All of us at FOX Sports Detroit are extremely thankful for the recognition by the Academy for our work in 2016,” said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president/general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "Sports touch every emotion and every age group in this community, and we're proud to play a leading role in serving the greatest sports fans in America. I am immensely proud of all the creative and dedicated people who make FOX Sports Detroit such an exciting and thriving place to work.”

Here are the EMMY-winning entries for FOX Sports Detroit, recognizing excellence in productions originating in 2016:

** Station Excellence: FOX Sports Detroit (Greg Hammaren)
FOX Sports Detroit is honored for excellence in overall station operations, including serving its viewer universe through local programming efforts.

** Sports -- News Feature -- Seeing it Through: The Brian Shilts Story (Justin White, Alex Assaf, Chad Schwartzenberger)
This EMMY is for a high school football feature on the resilience of Lawton running back Brian Shilts, who battled back from a brain tumor to return to the field for his senior season.

** Sports -- Program Feature/Segment: Spartan Hockey All-Access: An Answered Call (Justin Garant, Michigan State Athletics Spartan Vision)
This EMMY is for the Spartan Hockey All-Access feature An Answered Call.

** Sports -- Daily or Weekly Program: Spartan Hockey All-Access: An Answered Call (Justin Garant, Michigan State Athletics Spartan Vision)
This EMMY is for the Spartan Hockey All-Access feature An Answered Call.

** Sporting Event/Game -- Live/Unedited – Program/Special: Ben Wallace Jersey Retirement (Joe Nikkola, David Rhoades, Brady Clyma)
This EMMY is for our coverage of the Ben Wallace Jersey Retirement.

** Sporting Event/Game -- Live/Unedited- Series: Detroit Tigers Game Broadcasts (Joe Nikkola, Mark Iacofano, Brian J. Maas, Chris Wasielewski, Brady Clyma, Jeff Byle)
The network was honored for its coverage of Tigers baseball.

** Promotion – Program -- Image: Watch Together: Punky (Brian Ducoffe, Jason McCombs, Lauren Pober)
This EMMY is for the Watch Together Campaign spot featuring Miracle League athlete Punky.

** Talent -- Anchor -- Sports (John Keating)
This EMMY is for a compilation of studio and site anchoring by John Keating.

** Director -- Live or Recorded Live (David Rhoades)
This EMMY is for a compilation of directing Pistons basketball by David Rhoades.

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS) is the most recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of excellence in television. The EMMY is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing EMMY selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work. For a complete list of winning entries, visit

FOX Sports Detroit is delivered to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. The regional network is home to more than 350 live, local events per year, including the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons; college hockey; and Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championships. We are the cable TV home of the Detroit Lions.

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