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2005 Radio

Judges’ comments in italics

BEST REPORT ON ARTS AND CULTURE
1st place, Joel Rose, WHYY, “Jack Rose”
Good cuts and good writing. Gave the listeners a piece of this artist.
2d place, Allan Loudell, Mark Fowser, John Watson and Lisa Marsilii, WILM Newsradio, “First Night Wilmington”
3d place, Joe Backer, WILM Newsradio, “The Amistad Visits Wilmington”

BEST SPORTS REPORTING
1st place, Shai Ben-Yaacov, WHYY, “Philadelphia Fencers”
A nice background feature with all the elements: History, sense of place, comments from the coaches who mold the athletes as well as the fencers, who are edited in a way that gives a fresh perspective to the story.
2d place, Joel Rose, WHYY, “Sting Like a Maccabee”
3d place, Mark Fowser, WILM, “Delaware Phoenix”

BEST TALK SHOW – CALL-IN
1st place, Darryl Berger and George Toth, WNPV, “Identity Theft”
Good research on a timely topic. Good lineup of guests and experts. Lots of good information handled in a timely way. Callers were treated politely and listened to respectfully. Just what a call-in show should be.
2d place, John Watson, WILM Newsradio, “News Talk AM”
3d place, Darryl Berger, WNPV, “Comment Please”

BEST TALK SHOW – INTERVIEW
1st place, John Watson, WILM Newsradio, “News Talk AM”
Good lineup of guests and experts. Judges thought there was good research before the show that would help listeners understand the issue. Host got quests to say their pieces, but would not let them get away without giving direct answers to questions.
2d place, Marty Moss-Coane, Alan Tu, Susan Greenbaum and Devorah Lissek, WHYY, “Radio Times”
3d place, Rick Jensen, WDEL, “Live From Israel”

BEST REPORT ON HEALTH AND SCIENCE
1st place, Randy Brock and Pam Wilson, WNPV, “Diabetes”
Well researched and reported. A thorough job in covering a topic important to listeners.
2d place, Aries Keck, WHYY, “MRI Awards”
3d place, Annie Nefosky, WILM Newsradio, “Life at Death’s Doorstep”

BEST INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM
1st place, Amanda Moyer, WILM Newsradio, “Cease Fire”

BEST FEATURE
1st place, Darryl Berger, Pam Wilson and Randy Brock, WNPV, “Life After Congress”
Good writing. Length allowed listeners to get into the meat of the story.
2d place, Susan Phillips, WHYY, “Chess in the Park”
3d place, Darryl Berger, WNPV, “Older Americans Month”

BEST ELECTION COVERAGE
1st place, Brad Linder, WHYY, “Arlen’s Run”
A good, tight story with all the basics. Good explanation to listeners about why things happened the way they did. Good background.
2d place, Staff, WILM Newsradio, “Delaware Primary Election Night”
3d place, Staff, WDEL, “WDEL’s Delaware Election Watch”

BEST COMMENTARY
1st place, Wendy Levine, WILM Newsradio, “Questions About New Jersey’s Gov. Jim McGreevey”
Bold review of many different ways to look at responsibilities of governor’s office and behavior with subordinates.

BEST NEWS STORY
1st place, Mark Fowser, Annie Nefosky, Allan Loudell and Staff,  WILM Newsradio, “Rare Tornado Skips Through Northern Delaware”
Good comprehensive coverage of breaking event. Nice selection of perspectives from reporters, weather experts, and eyewitnesses. Good tone of presentation lets facts tell the story without hyperbole. Obvious teamwork.

2d place, Amanda Moyer, Annie Nefosky and Staff, WILM Newsradio, “Blue Flu Hits the City”
3d place, Amanda Moyer, WILM Newsradio, “Delaware Prison Hostage Siege”

BEST NEWSCAST
1st place, Staff, WDEL, “Delaware’s Morning News”
What impressed judges most was the delivery style of reporters and anchors in these broadcasts. It was not hyped. Both broadcasts contained thoughtful elements important to listeners, and were composed in an order to make them thematic and sensible.
2d place, Mark Fowser, Joe LeCompte and Staff, WILM Newsradio, “The Afternoon Update”
3d place, Staff, WILM Newsradio, “The Morning Report”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
1st place, Tom Rigatti, WDEL, “Brown v. Board of Education: The Delaware Experience”

BEST PUBLIC SERVICE
1st place, Amanda Moyer, WILM Newsradio, “Cease Fire”
Wonderful reporting, lots of different perspectives represented. Judges hope this series could be the basis for change and continued attention on crime problems.
2d place, Darryl Berger and George Toth, WNPV, “Identity Theft”
3d place, Annie Nefosky, WILM Newsradio, “Life at Death’s Doorstep

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