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The Peak Wins Emmy Award

The PEAK is now an Emmy-Winning Show!

Emmy Award for The Peak

Emmy Award for The Peak

Ashely Russo and Ken Szydlow, executive producers
of The Peak with Barry Fisher, President and
General Manager of WFMZ TV at The Emmy Awards

The PEAK Takes Home an Emmy® in the Human Interest Program Feature for "Laughing at My Nightmare" Segment from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Bethlehem, PA (9/7/2013)The PEAK took home an Emmy® for "Laughing at My Nightmare" at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards in Philadelphia in the Human Interest Program Feature. The award went to Ashley Russo, Creator and Executive Producer of The PEAK, Ken Szydlow, Executive Producer, St. Luke's University Health Network, Shane Burcaw, Producer and Rocky Urich and Julia Urich of FireRock Productions.

"Laughing at My Nightmare" tells the truly inspirational story of Shane Burcaw, a student, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy but has chosen to look on the bright side and "laugh" at his nightmare.

"This is such an honor for The PEAK in our first year as a show. We're trying to tell the in-depth, good-news stories of the Lehigh Valley. We follow people's journeys through good times and tough times, but we always have a positive spin." Ashley Russo said of The Peak's award.

"The PEAK is an intelligent addition to the wide assortment of programing available in the Lehigh Valley," says Ken Szydlow, Producer, and "we are dedicated to continuing our service to community programming." ASR Media Productions, producer of The PEAK, is made possible through the support of St. Luke's University Health Network, Capital BlueCross, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Viewers can watch The PEAK, Sundays at 6:30 pm on WFMZ, Channel 69 and past episodes can be seen at

About The PEAK

The PEAK, a thirty-minute regional newsmagazine show dedicated to the interesting people, places, and things that make the Lehigh Valley a wonderful place to live and work. Tune in each week as we explore the latest medical news, healthy recipes, ways to stay fit, financial wellness, giving back through volunteering, and more!

Our goal is to share stories and information that help you live your life to the fullest and to be your best self through the many amazing services and opportunities offered right here in our region!

About ASR Media Productions

ASR Media Productions is an integrated media production and Communications Company and proud creators of The PEAK TV and other television productions. We develop effective strategies for creating relationships between businesses and their key audiences and customize each program to meet the client's immediate and long-term goals.

About St. Luke's University Health Network

St. Luke's University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, integrated Network based in northeast Pennsylvania. SLUHN is comprised of six acute care hospitals. The tertiary hub, St. Luke's University Hospital, is a teaching hospital based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Additional Pennsylvania hospital campuses are located in Allentown, QuakertownCoaldale and Easton, as well as a New Jersey-based Warren Campus in Philipsburg. The Network is comprised of more than 1,400 physicians and provides out-patient services at more than 150 locations. Areas of exceptional medical expertise include: Oncology, Heart/Vascular, NeuroscienceOrthopaedics and an Adult Level I Trauma Center. Visit About St. Luke's University Health Network to learn more.


Ashley Russo
ASR Media Productions
1412 Walter Street, Suite 202
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Denise Rader
Director, Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

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