WNBC-TV cleans up at N.Y. Emmys

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NEW YORK -- Thirteen was a very lucky number Sunday night for WNBC-TV, with the NBC O&O taking home the most awards of any station in the 50th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

WNBC-TV won three of the best newscast honors including morning for "Today in New York," daytime for "Live at Five" and evening for "News Channel 4 at 11." WPIX-TV won the best hourlong newscast for "WB 11 News at 10," one of eight awards for the Tribune-owned station. Seven Emmys each went to WABC-TV, NYC TV and Thirteen/WNET.

Others winning multiple awards were WNYW Fox 5 (six); My 9 News WWOR (five); News 12 Connecticut (four); MLB Productions for YES Network (three); MSG Network (three); News 12 Long Island (three); WSKG (three). Bronxnet, R News (Rochester, N.Y.), SportsNet New York, WCBS, WGRZ and YES Network each won two awards.

Winning one local Emmy each were Comcast-MagRack, FSN New York, News 12 Interactive, News 12 New Jersey, News 12 Westchester, NJN Public Television, WIVB, WNJU Telemundo 47, WROC, WRNN, WXTV Univision 41, TBS and Time Warner Cable.

WWOR 9 investigative reporter Barbara Nevins Taylor won four awards, including for investigative series for "The Informant." WNYW Fox 5's Arnold Diaz won for his "Shame, Shame, Shame" series and won later in the night for on-camera talent and investigative series. Diaz's team shared in those awards.

WNET/Thirteen producer Suzanne Glickstein shared in the wins of three arts programming Emmys and YES' John Filipelli shared in four awards. Other multiple award winners included News 12 Long Island reporter Elizabeth Hashagen, WABC's Sarah Wallace, WNBC's Doug Safchik and WPIX's John Zeigler.

Programs that won multiple awards included NYC TV's "Secrets of New York," YES Network's "Yankeeography" and WNBC's "Mike'd Up."

WNYW Fox 5 won one of its awards for crime reporting for a story called "Wrong Mustache." Reporter John Deutzman said that it wa about an upstate New York man who was wrongly accused of a robbery because he had the same type of bushy mustache as the suspect.

The New York Yankees' regional sports channel YES Network celebrated its fifth anniversary with its wins. SportsNet New York won its first-ever Emmys for children's programming ("Kids Clubhouse") and analyst Ron Darling.

WABC reporter N..J. Burkett won a reporting award for his three weeks last summer covering the Israeli-Hezbollah war. He thanked his bosses, "people who see value in this kind of reporting and are willing to spend the big bucks chasing the big story." One honoree, News 12 Connecticut features reporter David Springer, hadn't won a local Emmy in 30 nominations until Sunday night. Springer wasn't there to collect his award, however.

A cross-section of local and national celebrities handed out the awards includoing Court TV anchor Ashleigh Banfield, actor Fyvush Finkel, "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton and "60 Minutes" correspondent emeritus Mike Wallace. Wallace, who won an Emmy for "NightBeat" in the first New York Emmy ceremony in 1957, received a standing ovation. So did "Honeymooners" actress Joyce Randolph, who was also a presenter.

The ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square. New York Emmys executive director Jacqueline Gonzalez noted on stage that in 1957, the year the first local Emmys were handed out, there were seven categories and the whole ceremony lasted under an hour.
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"This year we'll probably hand out 94 Emmys and will run, well, how do you like your eggs," Gonzalez joked about the 3 1/2-hour program that also included an hourlong reception and an hourlong dinner.
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