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48th Annual Gracie Award Winners Announced

EXTRA’s Rachel Lindsay will serve as the organization’s Social Media Ambassador and the AWMF will honor First Lady Jill Biden with its prestigious Grand Award.

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Today, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced the winners of the 48th Annual Gracie Awards. These awards recognize excellent programming and individual accomplishments created by, for, and about women in all media aspects, including news and entertainment. 

The honorees will be acknowledged at a prestigious event on May 23, held at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in LA. Local and student award winners will be acknowledged at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 20 at Cipriani in NYC. The theme selected for this year’s event is “Storytelling,” emphasizing and celebrating the narratives shared by the awardees.

The winners include several high-profile individuals such as Christina Applegate; Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex; Ava DuVernay; Faith Hill; Amanda Seyfried; Danielle Monaro; Shelley Wade; Abbott Elementary; TODAY; The Drew Barrymore Show; and 48 Hours.

The awards also recognize the work of frontline journalists, and other gifted women in television, radio/audio, and digital media.

Seven employees and shows from Audacy will be the recipient of awards including Best Investigative Podcast with The Sausage King, outstanding Local Radio News Anchor awarded to WCBS 880 anchor Sophia Hall, KCBS Radio’s public affairs segment “Can Coaching and Kindness Coexist?”, and sports talk show host Ann Liguori for her work on Talking Golf with Ann Liguori on WFAN, among others.

EXTRA’s Rachel Lindsay will serve as the organization’s Social Media Ambassador and the AWMF will honor First Lady Jill Biden with its prestigious Grand Award.

Becky Brooks, president of, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation said, “As we close out Women’s History Month, it is important to remember the legacy of Gracie Allen, the inspiration behind these esteemed awards. This year’s recipients exemplify Gracie Allen’s spirit through their exceptional talent, innovation, and vision.

“Their steadfast dedication to their craft and their tenacious resolve to break boundaries serve as a compelling testament to the essential role women play in molding the cultural landscape. We eagerly anticipate celebrating their outstanding accomplishments.”

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Curtis LeGeyt: NAB ‘Depend on AM’ Radio Campaign ‘Played Crucial Role’ in Support for Congressional Bill

“We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

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The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act continues to wait to be voted on by both houses of Congress. NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt believes an initiative from the organization played a paramount role in garnering support for the legislation.

In a story authored by the executive for Radio Ink, he made the case that the “Depend on AM” campaign released by the organization was pivotal for Congressional support for the industry.

“The NAB’s Depend on AM campaign has played a crucial role in rallying this support. We’ve emphasized the importance of AM radio not just as a cultural, news and sports hub, but also as the resilient lifeline during emergencies, offering unmatched reach and reliability,” LeGeyt wrote. “This legislation ensures that AM radio remains accessible to all Americans, especially during public safety crises. We are making significant progress, but our work is far from over.”

Curtis LeGeyt claimed more than 250 members of the House of Representatives and 62 Senators have backed the bill that would require automakers to include AM radios in new and electric vehicle models or require manufacturers to inform customers the new model was not equipped with the band.

The NAB has been a vocal proponent of the bill’s passage, with LeGeyt testifying in front of Congress in support of the legislation.

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Local News Becoming Less Prevalent on Radio, New RTDNA Study Shows

68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

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Local news has been a focal point for radio stations for decades. But that may be fading away, a new RTDNA study shows.

65% of commercial stations still air local news in 2024, down slightly from 66.2% in 2023. Non-commercial stations have dropped 12% points in the past two years, down to just 60.7% airing local news.

However, the disconnect appears to come from locally owned stations versus non-locally owned. 68.4% of locally-owned operations air local news updates, while 54.1% of non-locally owned outlets do the same.

Not only are there drops in the number of stations broadcasting local news, but the airtime those updates occupy has also shrunk, according to the RTDNA study.

“The biggest drop in average minutes came in large markets, suggesting that fewer all news or news/talk stations there filled out the Survey this year,” the study states. “Medium markets are down a bit; small markets dropped an average of over 20 minutes per weekday.”

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YouTube Largest Podcast Discovery Platform By Wide Margin, Westwood One Study Shows

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

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In the span of three years, YouTube has gone from the third most popular podcast discovery platform to the top spot, a Westwood One study suggests.

In a study of more than 600 weekly podcast listeners, 31% say YouTube is the most utilized podcast listening platform. 21% say they use Spotify most frequently, while 12% claimed Apple Podcasts was their go-to destination.

Not only is the Google-owned video platform the most used among podcast newcomers, but it also holds that distinction for heavy podcast consumers and longtime podcast listeners.

YouTube’s podcast listening profile is slightly more male-dominated and also younger than the typical Apple Podcasts audience, according to the results from Westwood One Audio Active Group.

Naturally, the majority of Apple and Spotify users utilize smartphones to access their favorite podcasts, while 38% of YouTube’s audience uses computers and televisions for their favorite shows.

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