Columbia River broadcast team wins Emmy award


A near perfect broadcast by students leads to victory at Northwest Regional Emmy Awards

This was it.

The final chance.

Jaelyn Gaylor wanted it to go smooth. A senior at Columbia River High School, she wanted to present the best broadcast she could for the nominating committee.

Four of the members of the CRTV are shown here (from left to right): Keegan Duke, Jaelyn Gaylor, Miles Campbell, and Tarren Orr. CR Sports won a Northwest Emmy for its live sports coverage. Photo courtesy Janine Blackwell
Four of the members of the CRTV are shown here (from left to right): Keegan Duke, Jaelyn Gaylor, Miles Campbell, and Tarren Orr. CR Sports won a Northwest Emmy for its live sports coverage. Photo courtesy Janine Blackwell

She had only started directing earlier in the season, and now CR Sports was about to broadcast its final game of the year.

Up until then, every broadcast with Gaylor as the director had some sort of glitch, she said.

“I really wanted to see if I could submit something from our team,” Gaylor said, looking back on that night, working the Columbia River-Woodland district basketball playoff game. “This was our last opportunity. I really wanted to get that last shoot in, one without having technical difficulties.”

Gaylor had a headache that night. Like an accomplished athlete under the weather, her focus set in to do the job.

“It helped my instincts kick in,” she said.

Then the crew went the extra mile.

“My team entirely came through and did everything they were supposed to do,” Gaylor said.

On Saturday, the CR Sports team won an Emmy for that broadcast. 

“It was extremely exciting. When I saw my name up there, I really couldn’t believe it. I never thought I could be a director let alone a student Emmy director for the Pacific Northwest.”

Jordan Ryan was the announcer for the CR Sports team that won a Northwest Emmy last weekend. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jordan Ryan was the announcer for the CR Sports team that won a Northwest Emmy last weekend. Photo by Mike Schultz

CR Sports won for best sports-live event in the high school production category at the 57th annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

“We were screaming, yelling. It was joyous,” said Janine Blackwell, a teacher at Columbia River who runs CRTV. “When we did that particular production, everyone knew that it was a magical production. Everybody did what they were supposed to do. It just worked. We all knew that was our best work.”

CR Sports honored for its production of a live sporting event.

Joining Gaylor on the team that night: Jordan Ryan, the announcer, Tarren Orr with graphics, David Ryan on instant replay, as well as three camera operators: Keegan Duke, Emery Leifeste, and Michael Ryan. 

This is the second consecutive year CR Sports has won the category. Gaylor was a camera operator on last year’s winning team. Now, she is an award-winning director.

The experience has taught her so much about completing a mission.

“When it comes to a broadcast, or anything in this world, each member is an extremely important part to getting it done,” she said. “I relied on every single person. Every single job was so important. Parts that appear to be smaller still have a gigantic role in producing something you are proud of.”

Blackwell agreed.

“I can’t really say enough about how awesome these students are,” she said. “Every single one of them, just tremendous people. I know they will be able to achieve whatever dream they want in life. They are just great people.”

The CRTV and CR Sports organizations are full of talent. CR Sports also was nominated for one of its football games in the fall. And CR News was nominated under the category of television magazine.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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