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Local Emmys hitch ride on Sox' coattails

The Red Sox won their World Series championship, and the broadcast media that covered the team won seven New England Emmys presented Saturday night by the Boston/New England chapter of the National Television Academy at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.

CN8 covered the festivities and will broadcast a 90-minute special of highlights Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The Sox-related Emmy Awards included:

* Sports play-by-play coverage for the third time in five years was won by NESN, with Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy, and Eric Frede.

* Sports feature went to Frede for his segment on "The Cabrera Handshake."

* Promotional single spot went to "Heroes of Red Sox Nation" by NESN producer/writer Jonathan Markella and producer/designer Matthew Daday.

* Program editing went to NECN editor Beth Kidwell for "A Leap of Faith."

* Set design was won by Channel 38's Michael Nosel for "Red Sox This Week."

* News editing (feature or series) went to Channel 38's Kevin Connelly for Red Sox composite coverage.

* Channel 38 also tied for the program elements award with its Sox coverage.

Green talk

Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman never seems to take a play off and clearly has raised his game to a higher level this season, not being afraid to defuse partner Tom Heinsohn in mid-rant when Heinsohn doesn't have a play right. To his credit, when Heinsohn takes umbrage, it's only for a few moments and then he's back at full volume.

The two officially surrendered the season with 4:50 to play in Saturday's Celtics-Pacers Game 7, with Gorman turning the conversation to Heinsohn's analysis of what the Celtics will be doing, personnel-wise, in the offseason.

The Heinsohn view: "They're keeping the six young guys."

"How about Antoine Walker?" asked Gorman.

"I don't know," said Heinsohn. "They're going to have to evaluate how he fits with this [uptempo] style of play."

Paul Pierce? "My hat's off to Paul. He's led the club and blended his personality into the team philosophy and become a rebounder as well."

View from above I

The blimp at Saturday's Kentucky Derby provided camera shots that enhanced the viewing experience. Overheads from Churchill Downs during Bob Neumeier's postrace interview with jockey Jeremy Rose showed how Rose maneuvered Afleet Alex through the 20-horse field to get in position for a stretch run . . . Charlsie Cantey's step-by-step description of all that's involved in saddling a racehorse for the Derby helped explain why trainer Nick Zito (five starters) looked harried as he rushed around the saddling shed to make sure his starters all got "The Big Guy's personal attention." . . . Giacomo may have been a 50-1 long shot, but NBC's Donna Brothers (on horseback) had plenty of relevant questions to keep winning jockey Mike Smith talking after the victory . . . NBC did a nice feature on Afleet Alex's connections and the Alex's Lemonade Stands started by young cancer victim Alex Scott, but we were left to guess at how the two groups got together in doing good works . . . Neumeier ("I haven't picked a Derby winner since Ferdinand in 1986") and fellow NBC handicapper Mike Battaglia were shut out in their prognostications. Both liked Yankees owner George Steinbrenner's horse, Bellamy Road. "Even though I hate favorites, I can't get past Bellamy Road," said Neumeier. "I like Bellamy Road to win and in an exacta box with Noble Causeway," said Battaglia. Bellamy Road ran seventh, Noble Causeway was 14th . . . Nationally, the Derby program did an 8.2 rating, down a tick from last year's 8.3. Locally, the telecast did a 10.5, up 24 percent from last year's 8.5 rating in the Boston market. Breaking it down, the prerace (5-5:45) did a 7.9 with the race segment (5:45-6:45) a 12.5, peaking at a 14.4 from 6-6:30.

View from above II

The blimp hovering over the PGA Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow CC in Charlotte provided video so sharp that viewers could see the shadow of golf balls bounding along the fairway on drives on the second playoff hole Sunday. The angle also showed that Vijay Singh's missed birdie attempt on the third playoff hole was a longer putt than it looked from the ground-level cameras. The CBS crew did a fine job (hey, that was an Emmy they won for their Masters coverage last year), but wouldn't you have loved to be sitting in a room with NBC analyst Johnny Miller as Sergio Garcia lost his six-shot lead in regulation and bowed out on the first playoff hole . . . More and more NASCAR races are moving to night to the point where you have to feel a night race is part of the requirements for tracks in small markets to keep their events or for new venues to get a race . . . Fox NASCAR analyst Jeff Hammond described Nextel Cup analyst/ driver Michael Waltrip as getting a grade school-style "timeout" penalty during Saturday night's race at Darlington. Waltrip and Jeff Green continued their month-long case of mutual road rage Saturday at Darlington with a series of bumps and spins. You could assume the road rage has cost Waltrip's sponsor (NAPA auto parts) much in repair expenses because he and Green (No. 43 Cheerios car) have been feeling their oats. Those two were not making nice for the cameras. It was great TV . . . Aside to those prospective Arena Football League owners who feel the league is getting bigger TV ratings in Boston than the Celtics. The AFL ratings on NBC have been roughly 25 percent of what the Celtics have averaged on FSN . . . How contagious is laughter? A bad Dan Roche joke (What's the best time to go to the dentist? Answer: Tooth-hurty) from the stands during Channel 38's Mariners-Sox telecast Friday night, left Orsillo and Remy convulsed in laughter and barely able to make it through to the end of the inning. Bob Lobel, in replaying the clip on "Sports Final," said, "If you've ever been there . . . once you start laughing, there's no stopping." . . . Colleague Bob Ryan rightly pointed out yesterday morning that the Celtics squandered a chance to take the local media spotlight for the rest of this month, a fact reflected in long faces at FSN. The channel would have carried at least some of the team's second-round games before all telecasts went national. Saturday's Game 7 did a 9.6 combined rating for FSN and TNT.

4 for charity

Channel 4 celebrates Lobel's quarter century on the air with "25 on 4: The Bob Lobel Era," a charity fund-raiser Thursday night at the Westin Copley Hotel. The event will benefit the Penikese Island School, a private secondary school for troubled teenage boys in the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay. Lobel will be reunited with his original co-anchors, Liz Walker and Jack Williams, for the event, along with Boston sports personalities, including the Patriots' Ted Johnson, a member of the school's board. For event information, contact Patty Peal at 508-548-7276, ext. 207 . . . Speaking of 25th anniversaries, next season will be the 25th for the Celtics on FSN, the second-longest team/carrier relationship in American sports, trailing only the Knicks and Madison Square Garden network . . . Tomorrow's Globe "Sports Plus" (NESN, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.), following the A's-Sox game at 1 and postgame "Extra Inning" shows, has the Globe's Ryan and Nick Cafardo joining host Neumeier to talk Celtics and Red Sox.

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