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49th Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the awards will be celebrated at the foundation’s annual gala on Tuesday, May 21st at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles.

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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has released the winners of its 49th annual Gracie Awards, with radio, television, and digital media outlets well represented in the honorees.

“As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we honor the remarkable women storytellers whose courage and resilience continue to inspire us. Their stories, strengths, and influence are actively shaping our present and future,” said Alliance for Women in Media Foundation President Becky Brooks. “The impact of women is undeniable, and we look forward to celebrating these powerful contributions and achievements at the upcoming Gracie Awards.”

In the radio sector, several prominent women took home major awards.

CBS News Radio host Allison Keyes was the winner of the Nationally Syndicated Weekend News host radio award. The network’s Jill on Money took the award for best talk show.

ABC News Radio took home the award for Best National Crisis Coverage/Breaking news for its Foreign Crisis Coverage. Network host Michelle Franzen won the award for Outstanding News Anchor.

NPR took home several awards. It won the Public Affairs category with its “Battle of Bamber Bridge” coverage, alongside its breaking news coverage of the “Historica UAW Strike of 2023”, News Feature in conjunction with WBUR, Nationally Syndicated Non-commercial Reporter/Correspondent (Katia Riddle), best nationally syndicated non-commercial series (“On The Ground in Iran” for All Things Considered), and best interview feature (“One Couple’s Fight to Cure ALS” for All Things Considered).

iHeartMedia won the award for best news feature for its “Black, Autistic, and Safe” story.

In local radio, 77 WABC host Rita Cosby took home the award for best Local Radio Interview Feature for her sitdown with former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Meanwhile, the station’s Cindy Adams won the award for best Local non-morning drive weekend show for the large/major market category.

Seattle’s KIRO Newsradio won the award for local Hard News Feature for its “Facing Fentanyl” story. It also won the award for Soft News Feature for a report on the work being done for students at Kent-Meridian High School.

Lisa Dent of WGN in Chicago took home the honors for best Non-Morning Drive Talk/Personality Host in a Large/Major Market.

WCBS Newsradio 880 producer Lisa Tschernkowitsch took home the Best Local Radio Producer award for her work on Newsline with Brigitte Quinn.

KCBS in San Francisco won the local radio award for Best Crisis Coverage/Breaking News for its reporting on the wildfires in Maui.

The news television sector was well represented in the awards.

CNN won an award for Best National Hard News feature for its coverage of a Hamas attack at an Israeli Morgue. The network’s Jomana Karadsheh took home the ward for National Reporter/Correspondent.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir Producer Esther Castillejo won for Best Producer of a National Newscast.

Bloomberg took home the honor for Best National Investigative Feature for its “Run For Your Life” segment during Bloomberg Investigates.

There was crossover from the News Television and Radio worlds in the digital sector, as well.

Audacy Podcasts took home the award for Lifestyle Podcast co-host/ensemble for We Can Do Hard Things, hosted by Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle.

Kayla Whitworth of ABC News won the award for best National News Podcast Host for her The King Road Killings podcast.

CNN’s Ladan Anoushfar won the award for best National Online News Producer for the As Equals series.

The winners of the 49th annual Gracie Awards will be celebrated at the foundation’s annual gala on Tuesday, May 21st at the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, in Los Angeles.

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NAB Leadership Foundation Announces 2024 Celebration of Service to America Awards

The winners will be honored in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 4th, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

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The NAB Leadership Foundation has announced the winners of the 2024 Celebration of Service to America Awards.

The awards — presented by Bonneville International and Hearst Television — awards distinguished public service companies from local radio and TV stations.

“Television and radio stations are the cornerstones of their communities, and they go above and beyond to serve their audiences,” said NAB Leadership Foundation President Michelle Duke. “From trusted reporting that uncovers corruption to fundraisers that help those in need, these stations are doing incredible work. We can’t wait to share their stories with everyone at the 2024 Celebration of Service to America gala in June.”

The following stations and groups were honored for their efforts:

Service to Community Award for Radio, Broadcast Ownership Group
Bonneville, Maui Strong

Service to Community Award for Television, Broadcast Ownership Group
Cox, Real Estate Racket

Service to Community Award for Radio, Large/Major Market
WFSH-FM, Salem Media Group, Atlanta, Ga., Acts of Love

Service to Community Award for Television – Large/Major Market
WANF-TV, Gray Television, Atlanta, Ga., In Plane Sight

Service to Community Award for Radio – Medium Market
KTXY-FM, Zimmer Communications, Columbia, Mo., Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon

Service to Community Award for Television – Medium Market
KETV-TV, Hearst Television, Omaha, Neb., Voices of GenZ

Service to Community Award for Radio – Small Market
WLBC-FM, Woof Boom, Muncie, Ind., Muncie You-Nite

Service to Community Award for Television – Small Market
WJHG-TV, Gray Television, Panama City, Fla., Chapter Chat

The winners will be honored in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 4th, at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

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Mike McVay on Quu Report: Radio Must Present at High Level to Compete With Other Audio Options

“This requires improving the listening experience with both quality and content, as well as displaying text, logos, and other images to enhance the easy accessibility of the medium.”

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Quu recently released its inaugural In-Vehicle Visuals report, which showed some encouraging figures for AM/FM radio. However, longtime industry consultant Mike McVay said the business cannot rest on its laurels in an increasingly competitive market.

In a webinar discussing the results of the findings from Quu, McVay was asked to give his key takeaways from the report’s findings.

While he shared his optimism for radio’s future in new automobiles, Mike McVay argued that radio must remain vigilant in maintaining high standards when it comes to how the product is presented to auto owners visually.

“The in-dash experience has to be at a high level for radio to be seen as an equal to the other audio sources available,” McVay said. “This requires improving the listening experience with both quality and content, as well as displaying text, logos, and other images to enhance the easy accessibility of the medium.”

McVay later added that it’s important for radio stations to continue featuring strong mobile apps. He shared an anecdote about his grandchildren taking over the radio in his car, utilizing apps to listen to music stations even when inside the broadcast range because it was easier for them.

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Urban One President/CEO Alfred Liggins Inks Contract Extension

Liggins has signed a new contract that runs through December 31st and will feature automatic one-year renewals.

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Urban One President and CEO Alfred Liggins has signed an extension to remain with the radio and TV owner.

Liggins has signed a new contract that runs through December 31st and will feature automatic one-year renewals, according to a report from Inside Audio Marketing.

He will make an annual salary of $1.25 million, but with bonuses could reach well over $4 million in compensation. After helping to found the company’s TV One division, Alfred Liggins could receive 4.2% of any sale of the sector should the company pursue a sale.

The 59-year-old has been President of Radio One since 1989 and CEO since 1997. His mother — Cathy Liggins Hughes — founded the company in 1980 after purchasing WOL-AM in Washington D.C. He initially joined the company as an account manager in 1985.

Between radio and TV outlets, Urban One currently owns and operates 61 entities.

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