Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel Unveil Nominees for the 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards
Michael Waddell and Tom McMillan to Co-Host; Taya Kyle, Willie Robertson, Eva Shockey and More Among the Presenters; Legendary Rock & Roll Musical Guest and Kristy Lee Cook to Perform
DENVER (January 5, 2016) – Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel, part of Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks, today announced the nominees for the 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards Powered by RAM (OSA). The OSA serve as the hallmark event to recognize the outstanding programming created by Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel’s talent and production teams during the previous year.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at The Venetian in Las Vegas during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual industry gathering, the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference. In addition to the 15 awards outlined below, a coveted Fan Favorite Host(s) award for Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel will be handed out that night, as voted on by thousands of the networks’ biggest fans.
“After more than a year as a unified force created to super-serve passionate audiences that are dedicated to the growing outdoor lifestyle in America, Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks is pleased to come together to honor the very best in outdoor television,” said Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group – Networks. “With so many remarkable shows on Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel that are brought to life by the incredible work of our talent, producers, directors, writers, camera crews, editors and others, 2015 was truly an extraordinary year for our industry and I look forward to presenting these lauded accolades.”
This year’s awards show will be emceed by Michael Waddell of Outdoor Channel’s Realtree Road Trips with Michael Waddell and Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector, along with Tom McMillan of Sportsman Channel’s McMILLAN.
Kristy Lee Cook, country singer, seventh place American Idol finalist and co-star of Sportsman Channel’s The Most Wanted List, is kicking off the ceremony with The Star-Spangled Banner. The star-studded gathering also will include a special musical performance by a legendary rock & roll singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music helped shape a generation.
Among the Outdoor Sportsman Awards presenters are Taya Kyle, wife of the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most prolific sniper in American history and frequent Outdoor Channel guest star; Krissy Wejebe, daughter of the late legendary angler and Spanish Fly star Jose Wejebe; Willie Robertson, star of Duck Dynasty and Buck Commander protected by Under Armour on Outdoor Channel; Eva Shockey co-star of Outdoor Channel’s Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures; Louie Tuminaro, host of Outdoor Channel’s The Gunfather presented by Brownells; Jana Waller, star of Sportsman Channel’s Skull Bound TV; David and Karin Holder of Outdoor Channel’s Raised Hunting; National Rifle Association Vice President Pete Brownell; and Bass Pro Shops Director of Conservation Rob Keck.
This year, the Outdoor Sportsman Awards will be streamed live at www.OutdoorChannel.com/OutdoorSportsmanAwards, starting 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. Live updates from the awards ceremony will be posted on the networks’ respective Facebook and Twitter platforms. Viewers can join the conversation by using: #OutdoorSportsmanAwards. Moreover, key moments from the OSA red carpet will be available live on Periscope. Check the networks’ Twitter feeds for direct Periscope links.
And the nominees for the 16th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards are…
FAN FAVORITE HOST(S) – OUTDOOR CHANNEL:
- Chris Brackett – Arrow Affliction presented by Mossy Oak and Chris Brackett's Fear No Evil presented by Mossy Oak
- Craig Morgan – Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors
- Jim Shockey – Jim Shockey’s UNCHARTED
- Lee and Tiffany Lakosky – Crush with Lee & Tiffany
- Michael Waddell, Travis “T-Bone” Turner and Nick Mundt – Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector
- R. Lee Ermey – GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey
- Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo – Archer’s Choice with Ralph & Vicki
- Shawn Michaels and Keith Mark – Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventures
- Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild
- Willie Robertson, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Tombo Martin, Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans – Buck Commander protected by
- Under Armour
FAN FAVORITE HOST(S) – SPORTSMAN CHANNEL:
- Benny Spies – Gun It with Benny Spies
- Brian Quaca – Pigman: The Series
- Doug Roberts – Conquest 200
- Jana Waller – Skull Bound TV
- Jason Matzinger – Into High Country with Jason Matzinger and #PROJECTELK
- Melissa Bachman – Winchester Deadly Passion
- Michael Lee, Kevin Knighton and Woody Sullivan – Backwoods Life
- Randy Newberg – Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg
- Steven Rinella – MeatEater with Steven Rinella
- Tim Wells – Relentless Pursuit
To view winners from last January’s event, please click here for Outdoor Channel and click here for Sportsman Channel.
About Outdoor Sportsman Group:
Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of the world’s foremost media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. It includes three leading multichannel networks: Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. The Group also consists of a number of established integrated media assets: 15 outdoor magazines, such as Guns & Ammo, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Florida Sportsman, and 17 top websites, including BassFan.com. Additionally, Outdoor Sportsman Group includes television production operations, Winnercomm, as well as aerial camera businesses, SkyCam and CableCam.
About Outdoor Channel:
Outdoor Channel has been taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is received by more than 40 million U.S. households – the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country – and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit www.outdoorchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and download our iPhone and iPad app. #WhatGetsYouOutdoors
About Sportsman Channel:
Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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