ATHENS, Ohio - The "Voice of the Bobcats" is a radio term, but Russ Eisenstein has also become the face of Bobcat TV. The combination of his work in both areas has earned him another Emmy nomination.
On Wednesday, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2014 Emmy's, and Eisenstein was one of three nominated in the "Sports" category. The announcement was made in a webstream hosted by WOUB. The Ohio Valley region is comprised of 13 media markets in four states: Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
This is Eisenstein's fourth nomination, he's won twice and this is the first solo nomination. In 2010 and 2013, he won with Evan Shaw, Ohio's former Director of Multimedia Marketing. Shaw was nominated for three Emmy's this year with WOUB. Grant Burkhardt, the 2013 sideline reporter for Bobcat Football, also received a nomination for work at WOUB.
"It's an honor to be nominated," Eisenstein said. "It was a different sort of entry because it was comprised of work on our online TV platform and our radio network. I think we have blended the two together into something we can all be proud of. I certainly don't do it alone and there are many people to thank for making it all possible."
The "Sports" category is made up of entries showcasing a broadcaster's body of work. It's a compilation category that showcases a variety of skill sets.
"Since I started at Ohio, we've been given the freedom to do a lot of great things on Bobcat TV. All of that has allowed me to show my versatility as a broadcaster. The players and coaches have made it possible and we hope the fans have enjoyed it. We'll keep working to get even better!"
The 50th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards gala is Saturday, August 2nd in Columbus.