Updated: May 27, 2022
Winners of the 2021 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards were announced Saturday at their Awards Banquet and Annual Membership Meeting.
Thirty-seven news organizations in Virginia and West Virginia submitted 587 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2021.
Among the first-place winners was local WBTM-AM on-air personality Josh Lineberry who submitted his “Local Hero Salute- Warrick Scott” interview.
Scott is the CEO of the Wendell Scott Foundation established in 2010 to honor his famed grandfather, Wendell Oliver Scott .Sr, who was the first African American racer and NASCAR inductee. The Wendell Scott Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization created to provide youth services including job-skill training, cultural enrichment, STEAM educational opportunities and other supportive services to at-risk, underserved youths between the ages of 8 – 18 years.
A natural athlete, Warrick earned a full athletic scholarship after graduating from Laurel Park High School in Martinsvill, Va. where he was a all-state basketball player. He is a Shaw University Alumni, with a degree in Mass Communication, Radio & Television and has appeared in several Film projects focused on his grandfather's legacy including a Storycorps/PBS animated short film “Driven”.
In 2017, Warrick Scott was featured on Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 DVD, and was one of the creative influences behind the “River Scott” character, based on his grandfather. And in 2018 Warrick appeared in an ESPN feature on racing. Most recently he and Scott family members appeared on a special Disney themed episodes of Family Feud.
”I submitted the Local Hero Salute interview we did as I thought it stood out and would be an excellent fit for the Old Dominion Heritage award. I wanted to share with you that I won the first place award for the submission in our region. I just wanted to thank you for the time you took to chat with me so we could not only honor your commitment to our community but also share the recognition the project received.” Josh Lineberry
The rules for that category were as follows: OLD DOMINION HERITAGE - For excellence in coverage of subjects that emphasize the heritage, history, culture or natural attributes of the state of Virginia.
Old Dominion Heritage: First, Josh Lineberry, WBTM-AM, Danville, VA, “Local Hero Salute - Warrick Scott.”
Members of the WBTM staff attended the awards banquet this past weekend.
We want to congratulate Josh on a job well done and the many awards he took home for his work.
Community leadership is the courage, creativity and capacity to inspire participation, development, and sustainability to create strong communities. Thank you, Warrick, for being our Local Hero. We salute you!