Last Sunday night, the Alabama Broadcasters’ Association held their annual “ABBY Awards” ceremony to announce their picks for the 2022 Best in Broadcasting for the state of Alabama. The Auburn Network is proud to have been named the recipient of two prestigious honors at this year’s ceremony.
For a record 11th time, Auburn/Opelika This Morning was named as the best small market talk show in the state of Alabama. The show, which airs weekday mornings from 6-9 on NewsTalk WANI, was hosted in 2021 by Zac Blackerby, then later in the year by Riley Hubbard and co-hosted by Brett Smith and Lindsay Crosby. The show includes local and national news, sports, weather, local event coverage, special features, and live in-studio guests. AOTM provides the only local newscast in Lee County airing at the top-of-the-hour, following Fox News, as well as at the bottom of each hour.
Auburn-Opelika This Morning also features weekly segments including the Big Screen Movie Review and the Church & Pastor Spotlight and is where listeners know to tune to hear all of the area’s movers, shakers, and decision-makers. Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and Auburn Mayor Gary Fuller both make bi-weekly appearances on the program to give listeners a preview of Tuesday night city council meetings as well.
With this honor, Auburn/Opelika This Morning extends its record of being the most awarded show in the history of the Alabama Broadcasters’ Association in what is now its 25th year of being on the air.
Additionally, NewsTalk WANI’s Ben Taylor was named the best small market personality in the state for his work on the former morning show on Wings 94.3 in 2021, Ben & Friends. Growing up in South Alabama, Ben Taylor is one of those guys who came to Auburn, fell in love and never left. While a student at Auburn University, Ben aspired to be the next ESPN SportsCenter anchor but after securing a part-time job in radio at age 19, he fell in love with the medium and never looked back. From age 19 to now, Ben has been in the radio business in some capacity, and has worked at the Auburn Network for eight years, first from 2003-2007 before returning in 2019.