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2010-2011 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Nominations Released

Last night, at an event held at Rockit Bar and Grill, the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) revealed the long list of nominations for the 2010-2011 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. Many Chicago area television stations and individuals picked up numerous nominations.

The nominations were open to stations in the Illinois markets of Chicago, Rockford, and Peoria-Bloomington; the Wisconsin markets of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay-Appleton, and Wausau-Rhinelander, WI; and the Indiana market of South Bend-Elkhart. As is usually the case, the Chicago market dominated the categories overall.

Here is a list of Chicago stations that themselves were nominated, programs aired on their station were nominated, or individuals from their station were nominated. Listed in order of number of nominations, the Chicago television outlets with 2010-2011 season nominations are:
WGN - 24
WLS - 19
WMAQ - 14
WGBO - 12
Big Ten Network - 12
WTTW - 11
Comcast Chicago - 10
Comcast SportsNet Chicago - 8
WFLD - 8
WSNS - 8
WYCC - 6
Chicago Blackhawks TV - 6
Chicago Bears Network (WFLD) - 3
JBTV - 2
Keys To The City Productions / 24/7 Chicago (WMAQ) - 2
Columbia College - 2
Chicago Urban League (WFLD/WPWR) - 2
Grannies on Safari (WTTW) - 2
WBBM - 1
WCIU - 1
WCIU/WDJT/Me-TV/Me-Too - 1
Green River Films (WTTW) - 1

For the first time in years, it was an exceptionally strong year for nominations for two of Chicago's Hispanic television stations, WGBO and WSNS. Also, the Chicago-based Big Ten Network soared with a dozen nominations. WLS-TV bounced back from only 2 nominations last year to 19 nominations this year, while WFLD-TV fell from 25 nominations last year to only 8 this year. WBBM only earned one nomination this year.

Some radio personalities are up for some TV awards this year. Garry Meier is nominated for his "In The Line of Meier" segments on WGN-TV. Nina Chantele is nominated as a contributor to "Windy City Live!" Jeff Joniak is nominated for a Chicago Bears pre-season special he hosted for the Chicago Bears Network. Doug Banks is nominated as part of the reporter team on "190 North." Pete McMurray is nominated for two Emmys -- one as part of the host team on "24/7 Chicago," and one for co-hosting "24/7 Chicago's" Chicago Auto Show special. Keno Greer is nominated for a special he co-produced on WYCC. Steve Dahl is nominated as host for the 2011 Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards. Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl's sons are proving that talent is hereditary, as Patrick J. Dahl is being nominated for four Emmys for his producing and/or writing for Blackhawks TV, while Michael Dahl is nominated for co-producing a CSN commercial.

For the 2010-2011 College Student Production Awards, local nominees included:
Northwestern University - 8
Columbia College - 7
DePaul University - 3

The Chicago/Midwest NATAS only chooses from material sent to them when narrowing down the nominations. It is up to the individual stations/performers/producers to submit material, which this year was due by June 17th.

The complete list of 2010-2011 Midwest Emmy Nominations can be downloaded from this link HERE. The 2010-2011 College Student Production Nominees list can be downloaded from HERE.

The winners will announced at the 53rd Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Ceremony, taking place on the evening of November 6th at a new location, Alhambra Palace, located at 1240 W. Randolph in Chicago.

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