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2010 Radio

Public Service

Newscast

FIRST PLACE
Staff, WDEL
“Delaware’s Morning News”
Judge’s Comments: Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong are solid, energetic and deliver a good product. Strong delivery and good pacing from a top AM news team.  Good choice of stories that listeners can use.  Good writing stands out too. Congrats!

SECOND PLACE
Staff, WNPV
“News on the AM Edition”
Judge’s Comments: Randy Brock did a solid job delivering a ton of election information. Good pace, a tight newscast that was well written. Reporters were spot-on in their writing and use of audio—nothing wasted.

THIRD PLACE
Staff, WDEL
“Delaware’s News at Noon”
Judge’s Comments: WDEL anchor Allan Loudell’s versatility is a plus in this demanding, multitasking media world. The station and listeners benefit from such a strong asset.

News Story

FIRST PLACE
Susan Phillips, WHYY
“Fumo Sentencing Draws a Crowd”
Judge’s Comments: Great use of sound to tell the story and move it along. Listener felt like they got a full story and were right there with reporter in courtroom.

SECOND PLACE
Shai Ben-Yaacov, WHYY
“Commuters hit by Philly Transit Strike”
Judge’s Comments: Good angles and people impact.

THIRD PLACE
Staff, WDEL
“Obama Whistle-stop”
Judge’s Comments:  Felt big, nice variety of angles.

Opinion/Commentary/Review

FIRST PLACE
John E. Watson, WILM
“Editorial…Rush Limbaugh”

Election Coverage

FIRST PLACE
Staff, WNPV
“Election Coverage”
Judge’s Comments: Very comprehensive. Good use of reporters and informative interviews.

Feature

FIRST PLACE
Susan Phillips, WHYY
“Homeless Evicted from the Airport”
Judge’s Comments: An excellent story idea, well told and crafted. It does what radio does best: take us to the place where things are happening, and show us the details.  Compelling sound allows us to really feel the plight of these homeless people, who don’t want to be forced into shelters,

SECOND PLACE
Mellany Armstrong, WDEL
“Delaware’s Stories
Judge’s Comments: It’s nice to see a commercial news/talk station producing profiles about local community leaders and people of interest. Unfortunately, the format restricts available time, so there’s not enough opportunity to get to know the people better, but Armstrong gets good sound and uses it well.

THIRD PLACE
Maiken Scott, WHYY
“Death Penalty Means Emotional Journey for Victims’ Families”
Judge’s Comments: This is an important issue in both the juvenile and adult justice systems. It’s almost impossible to properly balance the right of an offender to have his case reviewed after some reasonable time with the victims’ rights to be left alone after a horrific crime. The piece was well-produced.

Report on Health/Science

FIRST PLACE
Kerry Grens, WHYY
“Hunters Target Overpopulated Geese”
Judge’s Comments: A clearly and deftly told story about the often complicated and charged issue of granting hunters the opportunity to help control animal populations, (in this case snow geese). Using the fullness of the medium, Grens’s report included a vivid use of sound, which placed us deep into the Atlantic flyway and on the front-lines of hunting season. It was truly immersive reporting–and listening.

SECOND PLACE
Taunya English, WHYY
“Testing a new way to provide health care”
Judge’s Comments: An insightful look at an innovative approach to health care with solid reporting and diverse sourcing

THIRD PLACE
Mellany Armstrong, WDEL
“Giving the gift of better health to children”
Judge’s Comments: Put a human face on the work of a prominent children’s hospital

Talk Show – Interview

FIRST PLACE
Dan Gottlieb, Geeta Simons and Maiken Scott, WHYY
“Voices in the Family”
Judge’s Comments: Compelling story told by guest about serious medical issue after serving in Iraq/Afghanistan. Host was low-key, but very intelligent, and asked great questions to draw out responses from the interviewee.

SECOND PLACE
Allan Loudell, WDEL
“Sports Betting”
Judge’s Comments: Interesting interview with governor on the topic.

THIRD PLACE
Mike McGrath and Geeta Simons, WHYY
“You Bet Your Garden”
Judge’s Comments: Host has great energy and interacts well. Bottom line: excellent host, with an okay interview because interviewee not very interesting.

Talk Show – Call-In

FIRST PLACE
Darryl Berger and George Toth, WNPV
“Health Care Reform: Dawning of a New Day or Storm Clouds Brewing”
Judge’s Comments: This two-hour special report featured numerous guests and discussion on important topic. The dialogue was intelligent and enlightening.

SECOND PLACE
John E. Watson, WILM
“Tiger Woods’ Fall from Grace”
Judge’s Comments: Host had excellent interaction with callers.  He has unique sound, which sets him apart.

THIRD PLACE
Darryl Berger, WNPV
“Comment Please by Univest”
Judge’s Comments:  Host has a personality, stays on topic, and interacts well with callers.

Sports Reporting

FIRST PLACE
Tom MacDonald, WHYY
“82-year-old high school sports rivalry to end”
Judge’s Comments: A+ for nat sound and quality of sound. Writing is clear and interesting.  Captures emotions involved in why his story is important. But not sure if he ever says WHY the school is closing.

SECOND PLACE
Elizabeth Fiedler, WHYY
“New Philadelphians Learn to Love the Phillies”
Judge’s Comments: Writing is clear but not creative, cliché in spots “there’s always next year.”  Only interviews two subjects who say basically the same thing.  Superficial piece could use some data to balance its premise

THIRD PLACE
Staff, WNPV
“Quad ‘A’ High School Football Selection Show”
Judge’s Comments: Host is smooth and hands off cleanly to guests.  No production value.  No resets of who’s who.  Credit goes for bookkeeping season long points system.

Arts and Culture Reporting

FIRST PLACE
Peter Crimmins, WHYY
Judge’s Comments: A compelling and insightful look at the behind-the-scenes business of museum collections–and the challenges of managing, conserving, curating and culling them. Crimmins’ confident delivery, wide sourcing, strong use of sound and clear writing made an otherwise complicated story easy and engaging to follow.

SECOND PLACE
Alex Schmidt, WHYY
Judge’s Comments: A fascinating “process” story told with vivid writing and ambient sound.

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