The Ferris State University men's ice hockey program has earned special acclaim as a result of FOX Sports Detroit's Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) All-Access program receiving an EMMY Award this past Saturday (June 5) from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The organization's 32nd annual ceremony, which was held at the Royal Oak (Mich.) Music Theatre, recognized television excellence for productions originating in 2009.
FOX Sports Detroit claimed the top honor in the regularly scheduled weekly or daily sports program for the CCHA All-Access show featuring Ferris State hockey.
The episode from February 2009 featured an in-depth look at the 2008-09 Bulldogs and the university's community of Big Rapids, Mich. The primary contributors to the episode were Alex Wright, Denny Iott, and James Joliat.
The 14 EMMYs are the most earned in one year by FOX Sports Detroit, which has captured 27 in the last two years and a total of 72 since 2000. The regional sports network received 39 nominations this year among 21 categories.
"I am humbled and grateful to the Academy for this recognition,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. “The 14 EMMY’s we received this year, several in non-sports categories, underscores that FOX Sports Detroit excels at serving the entire Michigan community, not just sports fans. I am so proud of our creative team that devotes their professional lives to entertaining our fans.”
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 www.mi-nta.org.
FOX Sports Detroit’s coverage of the CCHA 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 nearly 350 live local events per year highlighted by the CCHA, Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championships, as well as area college football/basketball games.