The Cleveland Browns were the recipients of two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional Emmy™ Awards. The achievements were announced and presented at the 36th Annual NATAS Cleveland Regional Emmy Awards dinner hosted by Roy Firestone last Saturday, Sept. 24 .
The Browns won an EMMY in the Sports Special category for their two hour live special, "The 1964 Championship Show" that aired on their flagship station, WOIO, last September. The show, hosted by Firestone, NFL Films' Steve Sabol and WTAM radio's Casey Coleman, was held at prestigious Severance Hall in Cleveland and featured performances by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, live interviews with every member of the l964 team and a special trophy presentation to the team by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. The show was produced and directed by Browns Vice President of Broadcasting and Production George Veras.
In the Sports Commercial category, the Browns won for their campaign entitled "Paperboy". The commercial was an image spot part of the Brownstown campaign, emphasizing the theme that all Clevelanders are Browns fans. The "Paperboy" spot was produced by Billy Zagger.
The pair of sports EMMY awards marks the first time that a Cleveland Browns production has received such an honor. Participants in the awards included stations from Cleveland, Akron-Canton, Mansfield, Ohio, Erie, Pa., Youngstown, Ohio, Ft Wayne, Ind., Indianapolis, Ind. and Bloomington, Ind.