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WOUB Employees Nominated for Regional Emmy

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Winners will be announced in August

ATHENS, OH – Three WOUB Public Media employees have been nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy award. Winners will be announced during the 57th annual awards ceremony which will be held virtually on August 15.

In the Documentary Historical category, Producer/Director Evan Shaw, Audio Supervisor Adam Rich and WOUB Radio Director Rusty Smith were nominated for Our Town: Gallipolis. The Our Town: Gallipolis documentary film is an hour-long look at the history of the Gallia County community. It examines many unique aspects and people of Gallipolis including: the town’s first settlers, the Silver Bridge, and Gallipolis’ connection to the sinking of the Titanic. The film also explores some of Gallipolis’ more notable residents like Bob Evans, Tuskegee Airman Henry Norman and Grandma Gatewood. 

The Gallipolis film was the seventh historical documentary in WOUB’s Our Town series, and the series is about telling the story of this region in a way that educates and inspires community pride,” said Shaw, a 14-time regional Emmy winner. ““We’ve heard from many people about how much they appreciated and enjoyed Our Town: Gallipolis. And that means so much to us. Gallipolis and the people in it are special, and I think we were able to show why in this documentary film. I’m really excited that this program was nominated.”

Our Town is one of my favorite projects each year,” said Rich. “Making sure that the music and audio perfectly represents the town and its people is very important for the success of the film. And it’s a job I take very seriously.”

“As we continue to tell the Our Town stories, it’s an honor to be the narrator of our region’s history. Being the voice of the Our Town series has been a great experience,” said Smith. “I think it’s wonderful to be a part of the team that puts together these amazing documentaries.”

Smith and Rich are now two-time regional Emmy winners. They were both recognized in 2018 for Our Town: Jackson and in 2020 for Our Town: Morgan County.

If you missed the Our Town: Gallipolis, there are a couple of ways you can still watch it.  You can support WOUB by becoming a sustaining member who donates $5 a month at, and that will get you access to the streaming service WOUB Passport, or you can purchase a DVD of the program by visiting


About Our Town

Our Town is a historical documentary series produced by WOUB Public Media and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact which aims to tell the unique creation stories of communities in the Appalachian region. Through the telling of this history, Our Town is building the collective story of the Appalachian region and developing an incredible sense of place and purpose to inspire residents to continue building on the past to create a stronger future.