It was a fun day in Charlotte! So great seeing friends at the Casino Night Saturday, brunch at Sports One and going to the Randy Houser Concert at Rooftop at Epicenter!
RTDNAC and AP announced the finalists for the 2017 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. I am proud to report the finalists for the RTDNAC/AP Awards are in, and we are up for two RTDNAC/AP Awards.
My WWAY newsteam are finalist for AP Best Evening Newscast (NC) and RTDNAC Best Special Report for our Commercial-Free Election Night.
I am so excited and proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team. Can't wait for the awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 11. Tom Llamas from ABC will be there to speak.
Here's a look at the categories we are nominated for this year!
Amanda spent the afternoon speaking to young girls apart of the group "GIRL Power" about making good choices, staying in school and how to become successful. It was a group started by the New Hanover County school district to inspire the students to succeed in and outside of the classroom,.
We were excited to get a chance to be invited to the private party at the upcoming VIDA nightclub in Wilmington. There were a lot of movers and shakers including the Mayor, City council members, the owner of Blackfinn/Vida and the owner of the Marina downtown! We really enjoyed the free tapas and drinks plus meeting new people. The club has two floors including a rooftop bar that overlooks the marina and Cape Fear river. We had a blast with our new friends another couple new to the area. Can't wait until they officially open!
I was so excited to be asked to be the Grand Marshall of the 34th Annual Maple Hill fall festival and parade! Roughly 3,000 people came out to watch the parade full of bands, motorcycle clubs, corvettes, horse riding, and I was the Grand Marshall!
After the parade, there were plenty of things to do, including a fall festival with 17 food vendors from Atlanta to Virginia seafood and more plus you can shop vendors selling Jewelry, fashion, plus music, fun for kids including amusement park rides.
The Fete is a magical event bringing together people from across the Wilmington area to dine, fellowship, dance and get to know one another in a unique setting. No one knew of exactly what it was, or where it was being held. When I first received an envelope with a unique sticker and no return address inviting me to attend, I'll admit, I was nervous! Once I discovered more about the charity it benefited, Blue Ribbon Commission and the person behind it, Lynn Jones I was so excited!
The event was mystery until the end, two hours before it was set to start we were given the address to meet. Once there, we were picked up in a limo bus and driven to our secret location. The dinner was held at Grand Cru at Lumina Station in Wrightsville Beach. There was also excellent music, a live band featuring music by the talented Darryl Sax Murrill !
The Wilmington Black Professionals held a mixer at Blackfinn in Downtown Wilmington.
Dozens came out to network and mingle with other professionals at the Wilmington Black Professionals inaugural mix & mingle networking event. . The free event offered free tapas and music by Coast 97.3 Bigg B. WWAY's Basil John took pictures and Amanda & Yusef organized the event along with YWCA Board Member Evelyn Bryant, Spectrum News Reporter Kendra Douglas, Starnews Reporter Elizabeth Montgomery, and Champion of Compassion Rebecca Trammell.
To learn more or join the Wilmington Black Professionals group click on the link.
Amanda got a chance to speak to nearly a dozen students participating in the 100 Black Men of Coastal Carolina Adult Scholar program about being a news reporter and anchor at WWAY. Read more here.