ELIDA – The story of Kraft Memorial Stadium in Elida received a nomination for an Ohio Valley Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) this month. The stadium named after Elida football player, Roger Kraft, who lost his life in 1959 after a helmet to helmet head injury was produced by John Ondo, who graduated from Elida in 1985.
“I walked past that sign a million times and asked who was Roger Kraft? So 35 years later I decided let’s find out and do a story,” said Ondo, who owns Ondo Media in Columbus, Ohio.
Last fall Ondo interviewed surviving members of Roger Kraft’s family as well as a leading sports injury expert from Ohio State and produced a 4-minute story which aired on TV44, as well as online.
“It’s a real honor to be nominated in the sports feature category because we’re being judged next to stories about the Buckeyes, Reds & Cavaliers,” said Ondo.
Ondo Media also produced documentaries about the history of Elida Schools in 2010, and Gomer School in 2013, which he received multiple awards including a 2013 Emmy for the Gomer film (video below).
The Ohio Valley Emmy Awards will announce the winners in a ceremony in Lawrenceburg Kentucky on August 6. The Story of Kraft Stadium can be viewed above or at https://vimeo.com/ondomedia/elidastadium.
For more information contact John Ondo at 614- 933-3191.
Echoes of Gomer School
*Winner of a 2013 Emmy Award