A true-crime podcast series that chronicles the life, murder, and legacy of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Pérez earned Best Podcast at the inaugural B+C Awards announced this week by Broadcasting + Cable, a publication covering the television industry for more than 80 years.
Selena: A Star Dies in Texas is a fast-paced, tightly-edited podcast that was a joint effort between Tegna’s ABC affiliate KIII Corpus Christi and Tegna’s VAULT studios, narrated by veteran Tejano industry host and KIII news anchor Rudy Treviño.
In making the award announcement, B+C said, “Judges applauded the use of first-time or rarely heard archival audio, including an exclusive jailhouse interview with Selena’s former friend and business partner who fired the fateful shot. We could clearly hear that this was a labor of love for everyone who helped put these episodes together.”
Twenty-five years ago, Selena was already a legend in the Tejano music world and on the verge of crossover superstardom. But on March 31, 1995, after an argument in a motel room in Corpus Christi, Texas, Selena’s close friend and business partner Yolanda Saldívar fired a single bullet into her back as she was trying to flee. Selena was pronounced dead a short time later.
The podcast, released in May, follows the timeline to her tragic death. “It shows how millions of fans were shattered,” said B+C. “The podcast also effectively explores the enduring legacy of this musical giant from Texas.”
The B+C Awards recognize local the TV industry’s most powerful, innovative, or engaging content, programming, and special projects in news, public affairs, and community relations – and the people and teams who produced it.
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