The Savage Report takes home two regional Emmys 

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While Dan Krosse was visiting the Grand Canyon, his coworkers at The Savage Report were winning Emmys. They were literally on a stage at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, accepting not one, but two of the golden statuettes for work on the Comcast C2 show. Meanwhile, Krosse, the show's executive producer, didn't even have cellphone reception.

"We always think we're the small fish in the pond, because we're going up against Atlanta and everywhere all over the Southeast, so that's always very cool to actually win," he says. "I mean, it's really unbelievable."

In January, the show, which already won one of the awards in 2009, put in applications to the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The tension built as they waited until May to hear if they were even nominated. The awards were given out at a ceremony on June 18. The show's host, local attorney Andy Savage, was there with his wife, as well as other members of the staff and their significant others. While Savage gave the acceptance speeches, everyone got to take home a statuette.

The Savage Report was honored in two categories: Best Public Affairs Program Feature Segment for "Military Dogs" and Best Health/Science News Program for "Peanut Goes to Washington." Both segments can be seen on the show's website, c2savagereport.com.

"Military Dogs" looked at the Charleston Naval Brig's dog training program. The prisoners at the brig, soldiers who've committed crimes, teach the animals the skills necessary to care for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. "This is going to sound really like a cliché, but it's a win win win," Krosse says. As he explains, the dogs get adopted, the inmates learn rehabilitation skills, and soldiers suffering from PTSD and other physical injuries are given a new companion. "When you see these guys get the dogs ... it changes their life. They are just different people."

Because the story had so many feel-good elements, Krosse says they felt confident it would do well. "Peanut Goes to Washington," on the other hand, was a bit of surprise for him. "Peanut" is actually Joey Benton, a Summerville boy who was seven years old when he was interviewed by Andy Savage. Benton has cystic fibrosis, and he traveled with representatives from MUSC to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for healthcare reform.

"We decided, when we put him on the set, we said, 'You know what, we're not going to treat him like a little kid. We're going to ask him questions like we would ask anyone else.'" Andy started interrogating Peanut about healthcare, and, "The kid knew all of the answers." Krosse believes Denton's charisma is what pushed them over the edge and into Emmy victory.

"It's a huge, huge thing for us, because we just really feel like obviously we're doing some things right, so we're just going to keep doing what we're doing," Krosse says. "But it feels great to be recognized by people who know TV, and that also just to know that ... this show could air anywhere in the southeast and do well is just terrific. Shock and awe is what it is."

The Savage Report airs on Comcast C2 weekdays at 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on weekends at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Visit c2savagereport.com for more info.


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