WKRG’s oft-awarded chief meteorologist continued his run of bringing home the accolades by picking up two regional Emmy Awards this past weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Alan Sealls was recognized twice last weekend at the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences’ 40th annual Suncoast Chapter Regional Emmy Awards. The wins give Sealls a total of eight Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.

Sealls won an award for his documentary “Tornados Push, Tornadoes Pull,” which offered an explanation of how a tornado that hit Pensacola Feb. 23 of this year caused so much damage.

Sealls was also recognized for overall excellence in weather broadcasting as he took the Emmy for best weather anchor. The Suncoast Emmys honor broadcasting excellence in throughout the Southeast, and Sealls faced competition from the largest markets in the region. He was the only Mobile-Pensacola broadcaster honored.

With a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Cornell and a master’s from Florida State, Sealls has spent much of his professional life working in both broadcast and teaching. Currently he teaches weather broadcasting at the University of South Alabama each spring, and has produced 30 weather videos for schools distributed throughout North America by Discovery Education.

Before coming to Mobile in 1999, Sealls worked with stations in Chicago and also taught at Columbia College.

This year’s regional Emmy awards were handed out Dec. 3 in Orlando, Florida.

Sinclair and AT&T/DirecTV back on
Those who’ve been seeing scrolls at the bottom of the TV screen warning there might be some interruption of WPMI and WEAR being carried by DirecTV  and U-verse can breathe easy.

The retransmission agreements between the stations’ parent companies, Sinclair Broadcast Group and DirecTV/AT&T U-verse, meant stations all over the country faced a Dec. 1 deadline for possibly coming off of the television providers. However, as is generally the case in such contractual showdowns, both sides came to an agreement before deadline and there was no interruption.  

Vanguard blows it
The University of South Alabama student newspaper, The Vanguard, recently taught its young journalists a lesson no newspaper reporter ever wants to learn about firsthand — how to issue a retraction.

According to information posted on its website, The Vanguard’s leadership decided to issue a full retraction of a Nov. 19 article concerning what it says were unsubstantiated allegations against a faculty member in the university’s glassblowing department.

“The Vanguard is fully retracting an article published in issue 12 titled ‘Renowned head of galss [sic] blowing department loses tenure,’” the retraction read.

It cited errors that included a “wholly unsubstantiated claim” that an assistant glassblowing professor neglects studio equipment.

The retraction went on to say the article’s accusations were based on a single, uncorroborated anonymous source and that it contained other errors as well, including using a photo out of context. The staff apologized to the professor it named in particular.