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2023 Gracie Award Winners Honored Tuesday

These awards honor female storytellers, journalists, actors, and other professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields.

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced the winners of the prestigious Gracie Awards, which celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of women in the media industry. These awards honor female storytellers, journalists, actors, and other professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields.

The theme for this year was “Storytelling,” which shines a spotlight on and pays tribute to the tales recounted by the winners. These narratives educate, motivate, and enthrall audiences and enhance our shared understanding of the world.

One of the standout winners was Debora Patta, a highly respected journalist recognized for her exceptional on-air talent in the News or News Magazine category. Her work on CBS News has showcased her dedication to delivering accurate and impactful news stories, setting her apart in the industry.

Paola Ramos, a passionate and dedicated reporter, and correspondent for MSNBC, received the Gracie Award for Reporter/Correspondent in the TV National category. Her show, Field Report with Paola Ramos, has touched the hearts of viewers across the nation, thanks to her ability to delve deep into stories and shed light on important issues.

Talia Parkinson-Jones, a talented producer for the popular daytime show Today with Hoda and Jenna, was recognized for her exceptional work in the entertainment segment. Talia’s creativity and ability to curate engaging content earned her the Gracie Award for Producer – Entertainment Daytime in the TV National category.

Zahra Ullah, a skilled news producer at CNN, was also honored at the Gracie Awards for her dedication to delivering accurate and impactful news stories. She received the prestigious Gracie Award for Producer – News in the TV National category, inspiring aspiring journalists with her commitment to providing unbiased information in a rapidly changing world.

The Gracie Awards also acknowledged outstanding television programs, including ABC News Live: Prime with Linsey Davis, which received the Gracie Award for News Program in the TV National category. This show captivated audiences with its in-depth analysis, engaging interviews, and comprehensive coverage of significant events.

Hoda Kotb, an iconic journalist from NBC News Today, was awarded the Gracie Award for Interview Feature in the TV National category. Her thought-provoking interview series titled “Iranian Women” shed light on the remarkable stories of women from Iran, bringing attention to their struggles, triumphs, and aspirations.

The Gracie Award for Hard News Feature in the TV National category went to NBC News’ “The War in Ukraine.” This impactful segment aired on Today and revealed the heartbreaking realities faced by the people of Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict. The team’s dedication to reporting the truth in the face of adversity earned them this prestigious recognition.

“Unprotected: Inside the Child Welfare Crisis,” a gripping piece by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, won the Gracie Award for News Feature Series in the TV National category. This groundbreaking series shed light on the challenges faced by vulnerable children within the child welfare system, sparking a national conversation on the need for reform and support.

Alice Mroczkowski, a producer for The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show on Premiere Networks, was honored for her exceptional work in the Talk category. Her creativity and expertise in delivering engaging content have captivated listeners across the nation.

In the nationally syndicated commercial radio category, Jai Kershner from Good Day Networks received the award for Outstanding News Anchor. Jai’s compelling delivery and commanding presence behind the microphone have made her a trusted voice in the industry.

Jennifer Pak, a reporter, and correspondent for Marketplace on APM, was recognized for her exceptional skills in investigative journalism. Her commitment to delivering in-depth and thought-provoking stories has made her an outstanding talent.

Leila Fadel, the host of Morning Edition on NPR, has won the hearts of listeners with her warm and insightful storytelling. Her ability to connect with guests and delve deep into their stories has made her a beloved figure in the radio community.

Becky Brooks, president of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, emphasized, “As we conclude Women’s History Month, it is crucial to honor the influence of Gracie Allen, the source of inspiration for these prestigious awards. The recipients of this year’s accolades embody Gracie Allen’s essence with their remarkable talent, innovation, and visionary approach.”

To access a comprehensive roster of Gracie Awards, you can just click on the following link.

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Benztown to Host Programming Webinar Featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere.”

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Benztown is announcing plans for a webinar featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay centered around utilizing data to increase listening credits in the Nielsen radio ratings.

Unlocking Radio Secrets: Every Minute Matters; Improving Your Ratings will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 1 PM ET. In the webinar, Benztown will showcase its SpotGPS tool for radio programmers.

The software “is a powerful tool … that transforms airplay data into powerful and actionable commercial content analysis in a compelling, visual, and intuitive form that is a game-changer for radio stations,” according to the company, who designed it specifically for PPM markets.

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere. Some radio stations know where they are and how to take advantage of them. Knowing where they are illuminates an otherwise dark room,” the company said of the webinar. “Some radio stations accept the darkness and blame ratings methodology. The smart ones live in the light.”

The upcoming webinar is free to those wishing to attend. To register, click here.

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Remote News Service Adds 3 New Markets

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off.”

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Remote News Service has added three new markets to its growing list of affiliates.

The news network will now provide services to WXJB-FM near Tampa, WIRY-FM in Plattsburgh, New York, and to Oklahoma City stations owned by Champling Broadcasting — which includes Freedom 96.9.

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off. Happy clients, make us super happy, and really proud,” Remote News Service owner Lesley Lotto said.

“The addition of Remote News Service has been a big boost to our local news,” stated WXJB GM Barbara Manuel. “It has dramatically raised the profile of our talk station. We are already out selling it!” 

“I would highly recommend Remote News Service if you are considering an outside source to cover your local news. Our anchor has been very responsive and professional,” added WIRY co-owner Joey Trombly. “We transitioned to this service and it was seamless. We are getting positive feedback in our marketplace since we made this change”.

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Libsyn Completes Integration With YouTube API Features for Podcast Publishers

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

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Libsyn has announced it has successfully integrated with YouTube and its new Podcast API features, making publishing to YouTube Music an easier process for its customers.

“Our mission at Libsyn is to be the premier destination for anyone at any stage of their podcasting journey to distribute their podcast, grow their audience, and monetize their content,” said CEO John Gibbons. “We’ve evolved from a singular hosting provider to a suite of services for creators and advertisers through our investments in platform innovations and expanded partnerships.

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

Podcast publishers with Libsyn can now directly upload their episodes to YouTube Music. The new integration can also convert audio files to MP4 video files.

Streamlining the process to upload to YouTube Music as two studies in 2023 showed YouTube is the most used podcast platform in the United States.

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