Two Baltimore advertising and public relations firms have received awards for their work.
Trahan, Burden & Charles/Public Relations received two first-place awards from the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for campaigns to promote Old Bay Seasoning in Florida and to reduce bank robberies in Maryland.
Gray Kirk/Vansant won a gold medal in the New York Festival's 1995 Radio Competition for an Utz potato chip campaign. The ads playfully suggest London, Las Vegas and Milwaukee had to endure life without Utz because the chips are shipped only a short distance from the Pennsylvania factory to ensure freshness.
The 10-year-old public relations division of Trahan, Burden & Charles Inc. received a marketing-communications award for last fall's Old Bay public relations campaign.
The firm received a public service award for a Maryland Bankers Association campaign to deter robberies in Maryland. TV spots showed a simulated bank robbery, then the robbers in jail.