The YES Network can be mystifying. Why, for instance, will only two of the 12 Yankees games from March 20 to April 1 televised? That’s just when spring training gets interesting. And why do they need so many announcers? Why is Kim Jones not used during the game to report news? Why doesn’t Chien-Ming Wang host a weekly variety show?
But when YES televises a game or produces a show, they do an excellent job of it. So it was no surprise that YES won 23 New York Emmy Awards last night, the most it has ever won and the most this year by a New York regional sports network. Take that, MSG.
The YES Network’s 2009 Emmy Awards:
• Historical/Cultural: Program Feature/Segment: Yankeeography: Yankee Stadium, Final Act
• Historical/Cultural: Program/Special: Yankeeography: Yankee Stadium
• Sports Programming: Regularly Scheduled Program: Yankeeography: Alex Rodriguez
• Writer: Sports: Jeff Scott, Yankeeography: 1998 Act 2 and Yankeeography: Alex Rodriguez Act 2
• Photographer: Sports: Tom Rome and Brian Schulz, Yankeeography: Alex Rodriguez
• On-Camera Talent: Anchor – Sports: Bob Lorenz
• Children’s Programming: Yankees on Deck: Know Your Teammate with Mo and Jorge
• Promotion: Sports Promo: Yankees 2008: Blueprints for a Championship
• Technical Achievement: YES Network New York Yankees Technical/Operations Team
• Set Design: Jared Boshnack, Bill Boland, Woody Freiman, Michael Cooney, David Weller, Michael Webb and George Greczylo – YES Network Studio Set Design
• Advanced Media: Sports: YESNetwork.com
• Lighting: George Greczylo – YES Network Studio Lighting
• Program series: The Penn State Football Story
Congrats to all the winners. Bob Lorenz told me that if he won, he would buy everybody he knew a beer. So hit him up for that.
CORRECTION (made April 2, 2009): Michael Messner did not win the Emmy for Director, Post Production. That award was won by Harry Hunkele of NYC TV. The original information was incorrectly supplied to The LoHud Yankees Blog by YES. We apologize for the error.