Former South Bald. Chamber Director honored for documentary
Mary Riker, a former South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce executive director and a resident of Robertsdale, produced a recent documentary that has garnered WSRE public television station and its staff four 2021 Telly Awards for excellence in video and television production.
The station was awarded its first Gold Telly in the Television: Documentary category for “Hank Locklin: Country Music’s Timeless Tenor.” The one-hour documentary follows the music career of country artist Hank Locklin and features music industry icons, including Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, William Lee Golden, Jeannie Seely, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam.
The film was produced by Riker, who has been WSRE’s marketing & communications director since 2014, and directed by James Roy. Emily Hudson Mitchell was associate producer; Ted King was assistant director; and Tracey Burgess created the graphics. Roy was also awarded two Bronze Telly Awards for directing and editing the Hank Locklin film, one of 15 documentaries to win the Gold Telly in its category and put WSRE in company with (among others) Florentine Films, Smithsonian Channel, ESPN and Al Jazeera Media Network.