Adam Black, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Former Ashland Beacon Editor and co-host of Downstream Carrie Stambaugh has received her first Emmy on her show Downstream.
Stambaugh, along with her co-host Kyle Lake, who is also the owner of the production company Prosper Media Group Inc., attended the 55th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards, where they took home the Emmy in the special event coverage category for their episode Downstream: The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
“It’s a very surreal moment for me,” Stambaugh said. “We really didn’t think we were going to win, at one point we weren’t even going to go.”
As Stambaugh and Lake sat in the back of the room waiting to hear who won in their category, Stambaugh said they really didn’t think they had a chance. Once their name rang out, Stambaugh said she let out a shriek of excitement and walked up to the stage with Lake to claim their award.
“I was shocked,” Stambaugh said. “Most of our production team didn’t even attend cause we didn’t think we were going to win.”
This is the second time Downstream has been nominated for an Emmy and the first time taking the award home.
Downstream is a travel adventure series all about Liquid Kentucky: its rivers, lakes, streams, spirits, and brews & wine.
We are thrilled,” Stambaugh said. “We were up against WLEX 18 Derby coverage, a history Derby this year, but we won.”
Stambaugh, who considers herself “hired talent” on the show said she gives all the credit for the win to her co-host and producer, Kyle Lake, the videographer and editor Sam McGee, and Xing Ma.
“They spend hours editing the show and making it look good,” Stambaugh said. “Everyone who puts this show together deserves credit for this.”
With Downstream now in its third season on KET, Stambaugh hopes more people will become interested in the show and want to underwrite for new episodes to come. Stambaugh is really hoping to find sponsors for the show to feature the Ashland and Eastern Kentucky area and everything it has to offer. Downstream currently has 10 episodes two Emmy nominations and one win.
“We really love featuring Kentucky and everything liquid,” Stambaugh said. “The goal though is to go national one day hopefully.”
Downstream can be seen on KET or online at www.ket.org/series/KDOWM/