Radio stations nationwide continue to garner Regional Edward R Murrow awards. The latest is WFDD in Winston Salem, which received five honors from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
WFDD competes in the Large Market Radio division in Region 8, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Furthermore, the Winston Salem station won 33-percent of the awards given to the region.
“We are incredibly humbled that RTDNA has showcased the work WFDD’s newsroom has done over the past year,” News Director Emily McCord said, per Radion Ink.
“We have a team that is dedicated to the highest quality local journalism, and we feel privileged every day to serve our community and are grateful for their support which makes it possible for us to remain mission-focused every day.”
The station received honors for the Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage categories for reporting on the Mount Tabor High School shooting.
Furthermore, WFDD also won awards for Excellence In Writing for Carolina Curious: Are there old-growth forests in North Carolina? Finally, they received honors in the Hard News category with their story on what changed locally one year after the death of George Floyd.
“Truth be told, we get very excited about Murrow Award announcements. It’s validating to be recognized for the hard work our team does,” WFDD’s Assistant General Manager, Molly Davis, said.
“But more than that, this recognition is a reflection of the trust our community has in us and the place of value we hold in their lives. Because without our listeners, and the support they provide, we would not be able to do this work. These awards belong to our listeners as much as they do to us.”
NJ 101.5 Program Director Anne Gress Departs
Gress has been let go as part of cost-cutting measures by the company.
New Jersey 101.5 Director of Content Anne Gress has departed the Townsquare Media-owned station.
Barrett News Media has learned that the station’s top programming boss has been let go as part of cost-cutting measures by the company.
Gress began programming New Jersey 101.5 in January 2018 after 14 years of leading CBS Radio’s classic hits station WOGL in Philadelphia. In 2020, she added programming duties at station WPST, a CHR station.
Her other prior stops include urban formatted Power 99 and smooth jazz WJJZ in Philadelphia, and Q105 in Tampa, among others.
Under her leadership, New Jersey 101.5 finished the Trenton spring ratings period with a 7.9 share in the 6+ demographic, 2nd overall among all local stations. The dominant talk brand featuring Bill Spadea, Deminski and Doyle, and Dennis and Judi also delivered a 5.2 share in the Middlesex-Summerset-Union market.
Carla Marion to Join WBAP’s Morning News
Carla Marion has recently been serving as a Communications and Media Specialist for the McKinney, TX Police Department.
WBAP has announced that Carla Marion will join the station’s morning show in 2024.
In a post to X, the station announced that Marion will join longtime hosts Ernie Brown and Hal Jay in January.
Marion has a history in the Dallas radio market. She worked at all-news KRLD as a morning news anchor before being part of widespread CBS Radio layoffs in 2008 while on maternity leave. She subsequently joined WBAP as a news anchor and reporter in 2009 before departing the station in 2013.
She joins the Cumulus radio station after serving as a Communications and Media Specialist for the McKinney, TX Police Department.
In a post to Facebook, Marion shared that she was “extremely honored to have been asked to once again be part of this legendary team of broadcasters. I will absolutely miss everyone at the incredible McKinney Police Department who have been so supportive of me over these last six years. Y’all took a risk on hiring a civilian and I hope I represented you well. It was an honor to work among so many real life heroes.”
WBAP’s Morning News is heard from 5-9 AM each weekday morning on the Cumulus-owned station.
Megyn Kelly: Fox News Might Never Recover From Reputation Hit
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly is set to co-moderate the fourth Republican presidential debate on NewsNation Wednesday. Ahead of the debate, Kelly has shared her opinions on credibility, and how Fox News has seen a hit in that department.
“That was a serious reputational wound that they took in connection with those [Dominion and Smartmatic false voter fraud] stories – up and down the line, in connection with all of those stories. They haven’t recovered from it,” Kelly told Semafor’s Max Tani. “Their audience isn’t what it used to be — in comparison to MSNBC and CNN, it’s fine. But their reputation in the industry hasn’t recovered. And I don’t know that it will.”
Kelly has been critical of her former employer in many aspects since she departed Fox News in 2017. She was a vocal critic of the network after it removed Tucker Carlson earlier this year.
As she prepares to moderate Wednesday’s event alongside NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas and Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson, Megyn Kelly was critical of moderators of the previous debate, especially NBC’s Kristen Welker.
“I know how to do it, and it’s frustrating for me to watch others do it and not have my own try at it,” she said. “They had this opportunity certainly at the last debate, and the one before that as well, but they just didn’t take it. Huge frustration of mine watching the earlier debates, especially the NBC one. This is not an interview. This is not a chance for Kristen Welker to ask a question of the candidate and hear whatever answers are interesting to her. No one cares. They can watch Meet the Press for that. We need to watch them debate each other so we can see what the differences are.”