Colabine And Walsh Earn PGH Press Club Golden Quill Nomination With "Hometown Wrestling"

April 28, 2016
by Trapper Tom, Ring Announcer/Wrestling Journalist

Dave Colabine pointed his KDKA television video camera at James J. Dillon and then-KSWA World Champion Shawn Blanchard looked on and smiled. Blanchard was moments away from capturing the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Championship for the sixth time. The moment was captured in video camera form by KSWA Hall of Famer Howard Kernats during the Joe Abby Memorial Tournament on March 28, 2015. This week it was announced that Colabine, along with KDKA TV Sports Reporter Rich Walsh, were nominated for a Golden Quill Award in the Sports Reporting category.

[The Golden Quill Awards are presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization of journalists and other communications professionals in a 29-county area of Western Pennsylvania. The organization, which is based in downtown Pittsburgh, honors the best of Western Pennsylvania journalism. According to the Press Club of Western PA website, Golden Quill awards represent the best in written, photographic, illustration, broadcast and online work.]

The 3:14 feature story, which focused on "Dr. Devastation" Lou Martin and Blanchard, also showcased ring set up, what goes on around a KSWA event, and in-ring action. Walsh interviewed other KSWA Megastars, the Krazies and others during the packed, standing-room-only event at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville.

Blanchard and Martin talked about the "rush" they feel as KSWA Megastars. Blanchard compared himself to superhero villain Lex Luthor. The interviews were interspersed with video of in-ring action.

Colabine and Walsh's "Hometown Wrestling" feature is competing with WQED's "The Pens' 'Other Team'", WPXI's "The Bus To Canton," and KDKA's "Lemieux, Part Deux," which was also reported by Walsh.

Colabine has five Golden Quill nominations this year, and Walsh two. Both journalists are among the most highly-regarded and respected in Pittsburgh.

Other friends of the KSWA are also represented in the nominations. Guy Wathen, who featured the KSWA in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photo spread on October 27, 2014, received four Golden Quill nominations. He did not receive a nomination for the KSWA spread a year ago.

The now-shuttered Daily News in McKeesport and Valley Independent, which featured a weekly wrestling column by Bill "Powerhouse" Hughes, will share the Press Club's Service To Journalism Award on May 12. Hughes frequently wrote about the KSWA, and last year posted a long series on the career of Lord Zoltan.

Gene Collier, who penned a story on Lord Zoltan during the Pittsburgh Pirates' "Zoltan" hand gesture craze from a few years ago, was nominated for his profile on KSWA Hall of Fame referee Bucky Palermo upon his impending retirement. That story ran in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on December 3. Collier's son, Sean, who included the KSWA in Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best of the Burgh," in June, 2013, was also nominated this year. Sean Collier contributed to the annual "Pittsburgh's 50 Most Influential People."

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's 52nd annual Golden Quill Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.

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