February 3, 2023
Stan Pylant, WHNT-TV GM, wins ABA Broadcaster of the Yr 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) — Journalists from throughout the state of Alabama gathered for the Alabama Broadcasters Affiliation’s (ABA) Convention this weekend in Birmingham. This annual occasion was postponed for the final two years attributable to COVID-19 and everybody was thrilled to be again collectively! However, for the Information 19 employees, this convention, and particularly Saturday, was just a bit extra particular.

On the finish of the two-day convention, they maintain a luncheon, the place they induct a number of folks into the ABA Corridor of Fame and announce the Broadcaster of the Yr award.

This 12 months, our very personal, Basic Supervisor Stan Pylant, received the ABA Broadcaster of the Yr award and was inducted into the ABA Corridor of Fame!!

Stan Pylant, WHNT-TV GM, wins ABA Broadcaster of the Yr 2022

Stan has been with Information 19 for 37 years. He started his profession as an Account Govt in 1985 and labored his approach up. He has served as Basic Supervisor for the final 15 years. Our station has thrived below his administration. Information 19 received ABA Station of the Yr in 2010 and 2011, an Edward R. Murrow Award for the 2011 twister protection, a number of Emmys and ABBYs!!

“If I’ve heard him say it as soon as, I’ve heard him say it 100 occasions — what we do right here is essential, the neighborhood issues,” Information 19 Night Anchor Jerry Hayes stated. “For the previous few years, Nexstar stations helped out at a neighborhood group – we labored at Boys and Women Membership. And he’d be on the market within the sizzling Alabama solar doing landscaping and digging fence put up holes with everybody else.”

Nonetheless, Jerry isn’t the one one that is aware of simply how invested in our neighborhood Stan is!

His spouse, Donna Pylant, and Jerry talked about Stan’s actions following the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The outbreak of lethal tornadoes destroyed communities, left 240 folks lifeless and injured many, many extra.

The next day, Stan was interviewing folks affected by the storm system over Skype and confirmed injury dwell on-line for the world to see. You may watch snippets from his interviews right here:

“He wished folks to have the ability to see and know what occurred and that was the one approach,” Jerry stated.

Donna recollects that point nicely, “He simply went into one other mode. We had no energy in Huntsville for every week, however he was maintaining the station going. He spent the evening on the station on his workplace sofa for 4 or 5 nights. The hours had been simply horrendous for everybody.”

Stan introduced grills to the station and cooked for everybody to ensure the employees stayed fed.

Donna laughed as she stated, “Stan simply loves WHNT. He’s saved it on a good keel – he’s executed a great job with that…He additionally takes delight in bringing alongside younger people who find themselves developing behind him.”

The ABA Broadcaster of the Yr award is a results of friends, each inside and out of doors of the company, his accomplishments because the Basic Supervisor and Vice President of WHNT-TV.

“He’ll be humble as standard and inform everybody that he doesn’t deserve it. He’ll say the award belongs to the employees,” says Jerry.

And wouldn’t you recognize it, proper on cue, Stan despatched out a protracted e-mail to Information 19 staff Saturday evening, and right here’s only a piece of his phrases:

“So, this award at the moment isn’t about me. It’s about all of us. I imply that.  If you happen to had been in Birmingham at the moment, thanks for being there… Having you guys and my household there was touching. I believe my 89-year-old mother was happier about Jerry hugging her neck than me. I’m not kidding!”

He continued, “There isn’t a approach this might have occurred with out every of you. You don’t understand how proud I’m to be the chief of this group.  I’ve had the wonderful luck of doing this for the previous 15 years.  Sure, there’ve been good years, a couple of tough spots and a few difficult ones. And, there have been many wonderful ones!”

We’re very fortunate and delighted to have Stan Pylant as our supervisor right here at Information 19, and we’re so extremely completely happy for him in receiving the ABA Broadcaster of the Yr 2022!! Please be a part of us in congratulating him on this wonderful achievement!