Clarion University alum La-Aja (Wiggins) Hernandez (’06) has won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing on the Price is Right.
The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards were presented on CBS Friday, June 26, and were hosted by the ladies from The Talk. All of the technical awards were presented on the Twitter and Instagram accounts of the Daytime Emmys.
"Winning an Emmy is not an easy feat. There are so many great shows we compete against. The team at Price is Right and I are uber proud to have won the Daytime Emmy in the category Sound Mixing, especially because it's our first win after our audio leader, the late, great Ed Greene passed away. He was the one who recognized how much audio work the editors did on each and every episode and recommended we be added to the nomination. We accept this award on his behalf and are proud to honor his passing by securing this win," Hernandez said.
The Price is Right stopped taping shows in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a month before they were scheduled to end production. However, the Price is Right still had episodes to edit up until June (since they tape six to eight shows per week).
Hernandez was interviewed for the fall 2019 edition of Clarion University Magazine as a featured Golden Eagle alum before the Emmy win made her even more golden. She said in the interview that she loves how the Price is Right brings all types of people together. She echoed similar statements after her win.
"I've always loved the diversity seen on every episode of The Price is Right. All sorts of people make it on stage and everyone is rooting for each other. So yes, that's great to see during this difficult moment of history with all this racial strife in our nation," Hernandez said. "However, it's going to take more than just seeing people of all races come together on TV. We truly need to see an end to police brutality (especially against unarmed Black men) and equality of justice in the courtrooms."
To read more about Hernandez' journey, check out the fall 2019 edition of Clarion University Magazine.