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2008 Radio

Public Service

FIRST PLACE:
Mellany Armstrong, WDEL
“Shaping the Future”

Judge’s Comments: WDEL’s Mellany Armstrong’s “Shaping the Future” series dives into the ocean of education and youth issues. The four stories showcase people working to change lives throughout the market. I love the postscript, that the honorees nominate next year’s honorees.

SECOND PLACE:
Darryl Berger, George Toth, WNPV
“Pandemic Special”

Judge’s Comments: “Pandemic Special” breaks down the potential economic impact of the avian bird flu pandemic on the market. Listeners probably were not aware of the actions already in place to protect the public. The hour-long special breaks down the health and financial impacts. Juggled at least five interviews from experts on the topic. Since the avian bird flu hasn’t happened in the market, the audience may not see this issue as a large threat. Still, the special offers a non-alarming glance into what could happen if the market took on the pandemic.

Documentary

FIRST PLACE:
Maiken Scott and Elizabeth Perez-Luna, WHYY
“In the Shadow of 9/11”

Judge’s Comments: “In the Shadow of 9/11” offers bone-chilling natural sound and personal stories surrounding 9/11. From the World Trade Center to the Pentagon attacks, the story subjects really bring you into their experience. The missing, the loved ones, the heroes and the survivors. It’s standard to dictate the facts surrounding the tragedy, but it’s a craft and art to tell the survival stories. I pictured the speakers as they flashbacked to 9/11, especially the woman who got off the elevator just as the planes hit the tower. Great project! Wonderfully executed!

SECOND PLACE:
Mellany Armstrong, WDEL
“Delaware’s Fallen Heroes”

Judge’s Comments: “Delaware’s Fallen Heroes” really paints a picture of Delawareans killed in the line of duty fighting the war in Iraq. A parent’s last memory, a friend’s last moment, a trinket watch worn in a soldier’s last minutes. The musical accompaniment offers a solemn patriotic tone that could bring a tear to eyes of the toughest soldiers and anti-war advocates. The “Operation Call Home” piece was extremely strong.

Newscast

FIRST PLACE:
WDEL Staff
“Delaware’s Morning News”

Judge’s Comments: WDEL’s “Delaware’s Morning News” is live, local, and late breaking. Fire, Christiana school district layoffs, this was definitely a strong story day with an amazing amount of firepower off the top. I love the show’s writing. The report from the scene of a fire showed a good team hustle. I love the perfect timing for the live report on the school layoffs. Parents prepping their kids for school had to stop and listen.

SECOND PLACE:
WDEL Staff
“Delaware News at Noon”

Judge’s Comments: “Delaware News at Noon” did a good job localizing the Virginia Tech Massacre a day after. The VT alumni phone interviews really brought the tragedy home for listeners. I was surprised by the first-hand account from a VT student and Delaware native. The school budget referendum story was a perfect follow. Smooth, informative, and ideal for mid-day office listeners.

THIRD PLACE:
Brenda Jorett, WHYY
“Morning Edition”

Judge’s Comments: “Morning Edition” was smooth and informative. This is the ideal combination for a NPR member station. There are seamless transitions between anchor cut/copies and reporter pkgs. Strong writing! Good sports report and preview for a one-woman-show.

News Story

FIRST PLACE:
WDEL Staff
“Delaware State University Shootings”

Judge’s Comments: WDEL’s staff exercised great hustle covering the “Delaware State University Shootings.” The campus double shooting was an intense situation—especially on the heels of the Virginia Tech massacre. Great information and execution in a spot-news situation. It’s amazing that you had Delaware State University student interviews so early in the newsgathering process. It’s easy to see how this coverage possibly helped inform and alert the DSU community, concerned Dover area residents, and concerned parents. As a morning show reporter, I appreciate the amount of information WDEL gathered and made available in the early hours on an overnight shooting.

SECOND PLACE:
WDEL Staff
“Chrysler Closing”

Judge’s Comments: Talk about team coverage. WDEL’s “Chrysler Closing” coverage brought in newsgathering resources from all over the country for the local story. Live reports seamed to stream in from all directions to complete your coverage. The best sound comes from a plant worker telling his fellow co-workers to stay strong as the plant prepares to possibly outsource labor. Good move mentioning the reporter was asked to leave the plant. Listeners probably conjured multiple questions from that request. Great blanket coverage!

THIRD PLACE:
Susan Phillips, WHYY
“Disabled Refugees Loosing Their Benefits”

Judge’s Comments: This was an emotional story of the American dream deferred. Phillips did an excellent job allowing the subject to tell his struggle with European anti-Semitism and American red tape. The report shines a light on a pressing health care disparity experienced by numerous refugees.

Opinion/Commentary/Review

FIRST PLACE
John Watson, WILM
“Neighborhood schools”

Judge’s Comments: A strong commentary. Watson clearly explains his position on
neighborhood schools and makes a forceful argument for passage of the
ballot issue.

SECOND PLACE
David Dye, Bruce Warren, Kimberly Jured, WXPN
“World Café”

Feature FIRST PLACE
Elizabeth Fiedler, WHYY
“Three Young Men”

Judge’s Comments: Sad stories of boys trying to escape pervasive violence. Seems hopeless.

SECOND PLACE
Tracey Tanenbaum, WXPN

“Black History Month: Performing artists with Philadelphia roots”
Judge’s Comments: Entry put artists in context, taught us a thing or two and exposed us to good music and words.

THIRD PLACE
Mellany Armstrong, WDEL
“Delaware Stories”

Judge’s Comments: Fun stories about the creative people in the crowd.

Investigative Journalism

FIRST PLACE
Elizabeth Fiedler, Bill Hangley, Alex Schmidt, Jennifer Lynn and Susan Phillips, WHYY
“Life Stories: Victims of Violence”

Judge’s Comments: The personal stories take this far beyond the typical reports of violence. Each is a haunting tale.

SECOND PLACE
Darryl Berger, Pam Wilson and Rich Gunning, WNPV
“The end of the world as we know it”

Judge’s Comments: Informative look at the consequences of a flu pandemic and considerations to be made in preparation.

Health/ Science

FIRST PLACE:
Brenda Jorett, WHYY
“WHYY Morning Edition – Obesity”

Judge’s Comments: Thought-provoking discussion about the importance of healthy eating at a young age and why kids eat the way they do.

SECOND PLACE
Darryl Berger, Pam Wilson and Rich Gunning, George Toth, WNPV
“Pandemic Special”

Judge’s Comments: “Pandemic Special” breaks down the potential economic impact of the avian bird flu pandemic on the market. Listeners probably were not aware of the actions already in place to protect the public. The hour-long special breaks down the health and financial impacts. Juggled at least five interviews from experts on the topic. Since the avian bird flu hasn’t happened in the market the audience may not see this issue as a large threat. Still, the special offers a non-alarming glance into what could happen if the market took on the pandemic.

Talk Show–Interview

FIRST PLACE:
Darryl Berger, WNPV
“Comment Please By Univest 10/9/07”

Judge’s Comments: “Comment Please By Univest 10/9/07” was a riveting political debate. I wish you had cameras rolling as the candidates sounded off. The conversation was extremely animated and gave a glimpse into the 2007 political climate in Montgomery County.

SECOND PLACE:
WILM Newsradio
“Muslim-American Society”

Judge’s Comments: WILM’s John Watson’s discussion with the “Muslim American’ Society” was a provocative discussion on an international scope.

THIRD PLACE:
Allan Loudell, WDEL
“University of Delaware Brainwashing”

Judge’s Comments: Allan Loudell “University of Delaware Brainwashing” was a surprisingly balanced dialogue. The former Resident Assistant interview gave true insight into what really takes place among students.

Call-In

FIRST PLACE:
Darryl Berger, WNPV
“Comment Please By Univest”

Judge’s Comments: WNPV’s Darryl Berger’s “Comment Please By Univest” offered callers a chance to cash in on a financial expert’s help. You can hear the sigh of relief in the callers’ voices as they learn about their benefits, taxes and fiscal future. Good strong informative call-in radio!

SECOND PLACE:
John Watson, WILM
“Newstalk A.M.: Seniors and Sex”

Judge’s Comments: I’m still busting at the seams over “Newstalk A.M. Seniors and Sex.” I don’t know which is more hilarious: the callers’ takes on senior sex; or the fact that the host will not let the reporter package run all the way through without interjecting his personal commentary. I loved the conversation. Great open dialog about grandmom and granddad “getting it on.”

THIRD PLACE:
Marty Moss-Coane, Alan Tu Susan Greenbaum, and Devorah Lessek, WHYY
“Radio Times With Marty Moss-Coane”

Judge’s Comments: Great international coverage ideal and befitting of an NPR member station. I love callers from abroad weighing in on the British Monarchy and traditions. The number of callers on such an international topic beyond the war in Iraq is impressive. This broadcast displays the global awareness of your listeners and staff.
Sports Reporting

 

FIRST PLACE
Joel Rose, WHYY
“Phillies 10,000th Loss”

Judge’s Comments: A great story on dubious record. The story is told very well through a
number of interviews. This story is appealing to both fans and those
who don’t follow the Phillies.

Art/Culture

FIRST PLACE
John Sheehan, WHYY
“WWII Essay”

Judge’s Comments: The memories, different characters and the sense of wonder all kids have for their grandparents comes through.

SECOND PLACE
Bill Hangley, WHYY
“Combat Artist”

Judge’s Comments: Linked the focus on art that comes from a profound experience.

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