Men's Basketball Television Show Receives Two Awards for 1998-99 Season

June 14, 1999

OXFORD, Miss. - In only its first season, "Ole Miss Basketball With Rod Barnes" received two awards for outstanding television broadcast. The show was honored with the Telly Award for top sports program for non-network television and cable and the Gold Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1980 to showcase and give recognition to non-network and cable television commercials.

"At the beginning of the 1998-99 season, we talked about making a commitment to every facet of this basketball program, and that included our television show," said Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes, who begins his second year in 1999-2000. "Obviously, the work that J. Stern, Kelvin Thomas, Keith Kimmons, the entire TRC staff and David Kellum paid off with these honors. They made a strong commitment to make the show a success, and working with them last year was a great experience.

"My job on the show was the easy part. I am proud and excited to win these awards in only our first year, and I hope we can build on this and continue to get better."

During the 1998-99 season, "Ole Miss Basketball With Rod Barnes" aired eight times, and the weekly 30-minute program included analyst and strategy from Barnes, highlights from games, previews of upcoming opponents and player features. David Kellum, "Voice of the Rebels," served as the show's host. Other show staff members were J. Stern, director/producer; Kelvin Thomas, chief videographer/editor; and Keith Kimmons, senior video tape editor.

The Rebel basketball program was also instrumental in FOX Sports Net South receiving one of its six Southern Regional Emmy awards. The network was honored with the Outstanding Achievement for Television Programming Excellence/Feature Sports for SEC-TV Weekly's feature story on Anthony Boone during the 1997-98 basketball season. The Southern Regional Emmys, which recognizes programming excellence in the television markets in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, N.C., were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science's Atlanta chapter.


 

 

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