Black and Spillman repeat radio ‘best’

| Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Land Line Now News Anchor Reed Black and Senior Sound Engineer/Producer Barry Spillman were awarded “Best of Radio” at the International Automotive Media Awards in Dearborn, MI, on Monday night, June 20. Land Line Now is produced by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and broadcast daily on Sirius XM Channel 106.

The 20th annual IAMA awards took place at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. The piece that won the pair their second consecutive best of radio award was “A symbol in steel” – the story of the steel from the World Trade Center being carried back to Pennsylvania to be used in a memorial. Black reported on the movement of the steel and interviewed several of the truckers who participated in that emotional convoy.

Written and voiced by Reed Black, the radio feature was produced by Barry Spillman. It won a Gold Award, a Best of Division, and ultimately the Best of Radio.

Black and Spillman also won the IAMA award for best radio in 2009 with a piece called “There is a Wall in Washington” – a news feature about the annual Rolling Thunder event and the group that participates in the Run To The Wall.” The event happens every Memorial Day weekend and honors POWs, MIAs and those killed in action.

Other top wins this year include one to Staff Reporter Terry Scruton, who won a Gold Award in the interviews category for his feature on this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero. “Knights of the Road” was produced by Barry Spillman, who shares the top award with Scruton.

Reed Black and Second Sound Engineer James Fetzer won a Silver Award for “Truckers in a Jam” – a story of truckers being left outside during a tornado warning.

Land Line Magazine Staff Writer Charlie Morasch and Spillman also won a Bronze Award for their personality profile on Jasmine Jordan, “She’s Going the Distance.”

The International Automotive Media Awards competition is a program that recognizes and encourages excellence in all forms of automotive media.

Land Line Now is the first daily news and information program designed specifically for America's truck drivers. The show is broadcast nationwide each day on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking on Channel 106.

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