The Greater Columbus Sports Commission 20th Anniversary Special presented by The Columbus Foundation won a national award.

WSYX ABC 6 was awarded a Bronze Telly Award in a national competition for a short-form documentary submission of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission 20th Anniversary Special, produced last year.

Sports Commission Director of Marketing Jesse Ghiorzi served as executive producer on the show. It featured interviews with CEO & President Linda Logan and Senior Director of Business Development Celia Anderson as well board members including:

  • Brian Ellis, Nationwide Realty Investors
  • Doug Kridler, The Columbus Foundation
  • Brian Ross, Experience Columbus
  • Todd Sharrock, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Dan Sullivan, HNS Sports Group
  • Gene Smith, Ohio State University Athletics

Recognition for outstanding achievement was given to WSYX staff members for their roles in producing the show:

  • Gerry Puckett – Producer
  • Eric Stewart – Producer/Editor
  • Clay Hall – Writer/Host
  • Dave Maetzold – Writer/Host
  • Eric Fritchie – Graphics
  • Stephen Kappas – Producer

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission 20th Anniversary Special was a thirty-minute retrospective of Columbus sports history, highlighting the people, stories and events that helped shape the past two decades of sports in Central Ohio.

“We wanted to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with the community and came to Sinclair with an idea. The goal was to recognize the impact of the big events and stories of the past two decades while showcasing how much Columbus has grown as a sports destination," Greater Columbus Sports Commission CEO and President Linda Logan said, "WSYX ABC 6 did an amazing job of bringing our vision to life. We’re excited it resonated with so many people and won a national Telly Award. Led by The Columbus Foundation as presenting sponsor, our partners were incredibly enthusiastic and proud of telling our story with a nod to our past and so much optimism for the future." 

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are a national recognition of excellence in video and television across all screens.

Watch the Greater Columbus Sports Commission 20th Anniversary Special in its entirety below.