WBAL AM’s news department has been recognized as the Outstanding News Operation in the mid-Atlantic region by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). RTDNA announced its regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards competition on April 13, with WBAL winning in five categories, including the prestigious award for Overall Excellence. The regional awards cover radio news operations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
In addition to being named the best news operation in the region, RTDNA recognized WBAL 1090 AM for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage of the accident along the JFX that sent a Baltimore police officer off the elevated highway and onto the ground 20 feet below. WBAL was also honored in the category of Outstanding Continuing Coverage for The End of an Era, which chronicled the death and funeral of political legend William Donald Schaefer.
WBAL’s John Patti’s feature Doody Calls, about a man who lost his job and started a new business picking up after other people’s dogs, won top honors in the Feature Reporting category, and WBAL.com was recognized as the Outstanding Radio affiliated Web site, the second award for the Web site in as many weeks.
WBAL-TV also received two awards, one for Video Investigative Reporting of Judging the Judges about the lack of judicial accountability in the state of Maryland, and another for WBALTV.com.
Just days earlier, 2012 National Headliner Awards, presented by the Press Club of Atlantic City, named WBAL.com as the top radio Web site in America. The Headliners also recognized WBAL for second place awards for feature reporting, news series and newscast.
“Every member of the WBAL news team works each day to ensure that our listeners have the information they need and have come to expect, both on air and on-line,” says WBAL news director Merrie Street. “I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.”
RTDNA, the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, is dedicated to promoting excellence in journalism. The National Headliner awards program is one of the oldest recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
According to RTDNA.org, the Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.