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Award-Winning News & Talk


WDEL continually strives to deliver the most informative news, features, and programs possible. Our dedication has resulted in recognition from our peers for outstanding news and community service. "I'm very proud of the entire WDEL team," said Chris Carl, WDEL Director of News & Programming. "It's a great feeling to have our work recognized by other broadcast journalists because this team works so hard day in and day out." Being your most reliable source for news is our top priority. We greatly appreciate these professional organizations for recognizing our team's efforts to maintain these highest standards.

RTNDA
2014 Radio Television Digital News Association
National Edward R. Murrow Awards


WDEL is proud to receive two prestigious national Murrow Awards.

Overall Excellence
  RTDNA's top honor, recognizing excellence in newscasts, covering breaking news, continuing coverage, feature reporting, digital journalism and other work that reflects the depth and scope of news organizations.




Newscast
"Delaware's Morning News"

  WDEL was honored for its February 27, 2013 morning newscast, co-anchored by Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong. The newscast featured reporting on a bomb scare at the county courthouse, local members of the Delaware National Guard shipping overseas, the newly confirmed police chief for our county, a meeting for parents of a school which was being closed by the state, and a local effort to prevent bullying in schools, as well as WDEL TrafficWatch, WDEL Sports, WDEL’s Delaware EducationWatch and The Loudell Report.

WDEL also won a regional Edward R. Murrow award:

Breaking News
"Courthouse Shooting"

  WDEL was honored for its coverage of the February 11, 2013 shooting at the New Castle County Courthouse.







National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association



Congratulations to WDEL Sports Director Sean Greene for being named
Delaware Sportscaster of the Year






Chesapeake AP
2014 Chesapeake
Associated Press Broadcasters Association

Baltimore-Wilmington Metro awards


Outstanding News Operation of the Year
  WDEL was presented with the CAPBA's highest honor for our commitment to give Delaware extensive local news coverage.


Outstanding Newscast
"WDEL's Delaware Morning News"

  WDEL's Delaware Morning News with Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong was honored for providing our listeners with timely news, weather, traffic, sports, business news and more.
Judges' comments: “WDEL truly does a first-rate newscast. This program is jam-packed with important information that listeners can really use. Great pacing and narration. Excellent focus on matters of local interest. Just the right amount of personality to be listenable without distracting from the news content. Very impressive radio news operation.“

Outstanding Year-round Sports Coverage
  WDEL was honored for its coverage of Delaware high school and college sports, in addition to pro sports covereage.


Outstanding Website
"WDEL.com"

  WDEL.com is honored again for keeping Delawareans informed.
Judges' comments: “WDEL delivers a solid digital experience to its users, through breaking news, on-demand features like podcasts and video, which lends a compelling element to the online delivery of news and information.“

Best Reporter
Amy Cherry

  Amy was honored for her reporting in 2013, which included live reports from the scenes of breaking news plus in-depth series reports.
Judges' comments: “Wonderful! Amy Cherry knows not only how to cover a wide variety of stories, but also how to tell them with expertise and grace.“


Outstanding Spot News Coverage
  WDEL was honored for its reporting on the New Castle County Courthouse shooting.


Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
  Amy Cherry won this award for her "Bullying on the Bus" reports.


Outstanding Documentary/In-Depth Reportings
  Amy Cherry won this award for her "Meth Madness" reports.
Judges' comments: “This series covers a timely topic and it doesn't shy away from the human factor. An example of good reporting and use of regional sources. Radio at its best should be fearless in shining a light on issues important to your local listener base and this story does that. Technically well done and an important piece for people to hear.“


Outstanding Specialty Reporting
"WDEL's Delaware EducationWatch"

  Amy Cherry produces this weekly feature that looks at Delaware's schools, its teachers and students.
Judges' comments: “Amy Cherry does a good job condensing these stories into short, education specialty reports. Good interviews. Good nat sound. Lots of good topics. Well done!“

Outstanding Talk Show
"The Rick Jensen Show"

  Rick Jensen was honored for his weekday afternoon talk show, which talks about the news and events which affect your life in meaningful ways.


WDEL competes in the Baltimore-Wilmington Metro region against other Associated Press radio stations in Baltimore and Wilmington.





Best of Delaware
2014 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2014 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:
  • Best Radio Station for News, Upstate
  • Best Radio News Anchor, Upstate: Allan Loudell
  • Best Radio Talk Show Host, Upstate: Rick Jensen

    Thanks for voting for us!





    DPA
    2014 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
  • First place: "Delaware's Morning News"
    Judges' comments: "An outstanding example of a fast-paced morning drive news program. The voices are clear, at ease, masters of the information at hand. Timing is wonderful and production is sharp as well. I think you’ve done an outstanding job. This program could easily compete with any top ten all-news format shows I’ve heard."

  • Second place: "Delaware's News at Noon with Allan Loudell"
    Judges' comments: "Fast, smooth, reassuring, knowledgeable anchor and sharp reporting."

  • Honorable Mention: "Delaware's Afternoon News"
     
    Best On-the-scene Report
  • First Place: "Courthouse Shooting" - Mellany Armstrong
    Judges' comments: "Exciting coverage and nice interviews."

  • Second Place: "Courthouse Bomb Threat" - Amy Cherry
     
    Best Prepared Report
  • First place: "Protecting You at the Pump" - Mellany Armstrong
    Judges' comments: "Interesting story. It's something I've never thought about. Nice attention to detail."

  • Second place: "Delaware's Stories" - Mellany Armstrong
    Judges' comments: "Nice series, great variety with the stories and it's easy and nice to listen to you. Loved your reactions and personality while reporting."

  • Honorable Mention: "Art and Peace Behind Bars" - Amy Cherry
    Judges' comments: "Nice story and good attention to detail."
     
    Best Special Programming
  • First place: "Answering the Call" - Mellany Armstrong
    Judges' comments: "THIS is how you do it! She started the story with sound and used sound throught. Not only that, her writing grabbed me and drew me into a story that I've heard a million times before with things like "words she never thought she'd hear." That kind of thing is like taking me there, which is fantastic."

  • Second place: "Meth Madness" - Amy Cherry
    Judges' comments: "Meth remains the "moonshine" of the 21st century and continues to cause problems wherever it turns up. Great report here."

  • Honorable Mention: "Bullying on the Bus" - Amy Cherry
    Judges' comments: "A well-done piece. Important, full of impact and pressing."
     
    Best Interview
  • Honorable Mention: "Papal Election" - Allan Loudell
    Judges' comments: "Good local info interview on international story with nice explanatory work. Learned something from this one from the ever well-spoken Mr. Loudell."
     
    Best Talk Show
  • Honorable Mention: The Rick Jensen Show
    Judges' comments: "Mr. Jensen does (the call-in format) nicely and his pace is outstanding."
     
    Best Blog - Corporate/For-profit
  • First place: Allan Loudell - Coverage of local politcs
    Judges' comments: "This article, which deals with the hot potato of local politics, adds an extra dimension and depth to the radio cast. A clear exposition of a prickly situation, and the questions raised herein should spur demands for answers from the community."

  • Second place: Allan Loudell - Coverage of gay issues
    Judges' comments: "Good writing from this entrant, who is clearly otherwise adept in broadcast mode."

  • Third place: Allan Loudell - Coverage of Education
    Judges' comments: "Good insights on the conundrum of the beginning of the school year, and good arguments for starting before Labor Day. The author launched an interesting discussion."

  • Honorable Mention: Allan Loudell - Pope Francis analysis
     
    Best Video for Website - Corporate/For-profit
  • First place: "Molly's Story" - Carl Kanefsky
    Judges' comments: "Very moving story about Molly."
     
    Best Writing - Columns/Personal Opinion
  • Second place: Rick Jensen
    Judges' comments: "Good tone and well-argued pieces."
     





    2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
    WDEL Delaware's Morning News

     

    Best On-the-Scene Report
    Mellany Armstrong
     
  • Mellany won the 1st place award for her coverage of the New Castle County Courthouse shooting.

  • Best Prepared Report
    Mellany Armstrong
     
  • Mellany won the 1st place award for "Answering the Call" - her reports profiling New Castle County 911 dispatchers.

  • Best Video Report
    Carl Kanefsky
     
  • Carl won the 1st place award for his "Help Our Kids Radiothon" videos profiling patients at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.







  • 2013 Awards


    National Association of Broadcasters
    Crystal Award finalist

    WDEL was proud to be named a finalist for a third straight year for the NAB's prestigious Crystal Award, which recognizes radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.







    RTNDA
    2013 Radio Television Digital News Association
    Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

    Best Investigative Reporting
    "Delaware Court Secrecy"

      Amy Cherry took an investigative look into the secrecy that surrounds Delaware's closed Family Court system in an effort to find justice litigants aren't getting.

    Best Hard News Reporting
    "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other"

      Amy Cherry reports on a police crackdown on motorists using cell phones.







    Chesapeake AP
    2013 Chesapeake
    Associated Press Broadcasters Association



    The WDEL team accepts 14 awards at the Chesapeake AP Brodcasters Association convention in Ocean City, MD.
    (From L to R, Sean Greene, Carl Kanefsky, Rick Jensen, Amy Cherry, Allan Loudell and Chris Carl.)


    Best In Show
    Amy Cherry

      Amy Cherry was honored with the CAPBA Best In Show award, selected from among all the winners in Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware.




    Outstanding News Operation of the Year
      WDEL was presented with the CAPBA's highest honor for our commitment to give Delaware extensive local news coverage.


    Outstanding Newscast
    "WDEL's Delaware Morning News"

      WDEL's Delaware Morning News with Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong was honored for providing our listeners with timely news, weather, traffic, sports, business news and more.

    Outstanding Continuing Coverage
      WDEL was honored for its Superstorm Sandy coverage.


    Best Reporter
    Amy Cherry

      Amy was honored for her reporting in 2012, which included live reports from the scenes of breaking news plus in-depth series reports.



    Outstanding News Series
      Mellany Armstrong won this award for her series "Storm of '62," looking back at the destructive Nor'easter that hit Delaware's coast in 1962.


    Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
      Amy Cherry won this award for her reports on illegal gambling machines in New Castle County.


    Outstanding Documentary/In-Depth Reportings
      Amy Cherry won this award for her look at the secrecy that surrounds Delaware's closed Family Court system in an effort to find justice litigants aren't getting.



    Outstanding Feature Reporting
    "WDEL's Delaware's Stories"

      Mellany Armstrong was honored for her weekly features that focus on the “everyday people” of Delaware.


    Outstanding Specialty Reporting
    "WDEL's Delaware EducationWatch"

      Amy Cherry produces this weekly feature that looks at Delaware's schools, its teachers and students.

    Outstanding Sports Feature
    "Blue Hens in the NCAAs"

      Sean Greene was honored for his coverage of the Univ. of Delaware women's basketball team.

    Outstanding Use of Sound
    "Firewalking"

      Mellany Armstrong was honored for her story on local people who used firewalking as a motivational tool, during which SHE also took a turn firewalking.

    Outstanding Talk Show
    "The Rick Jensen Show"

      Rick Jensen was honored for his weekday afternoon talk show, which talks about the news and events which affect your life in meaningful ways.


    Outstanding Commentary/Editorial
    "Hot Rod Fisker"

      Rick Jensen was honored for his commentary on state financing of Fisker Automotive.


    Outstanding Website
    "WDEL.com"

      WDEL.com is honored again for keeping Delawareans informed.

    WDEL competes in the Wilmington Metro region against other Wilmington radio stations who are Associated Press members.





    Best of Delaware
    2013 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

    Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2012 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:
    • Best Radio Station for News
    • Best Radio News Anchor, upstate: Allan Loudell
    • Best Radio Talk Show Host, upstate: Rick Jensen

      Thanks for voting for us!





      DPA
      2013 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


      Best Newscast
    • First place: "Delaware's Morning News"
      Judges' comments: "The newscast accomplishes everything that a morning cast should. It's busy, yet clear...local, yet broad...and seamless. It's well-built and executed. The preparation is evident in the effortless flow. The content is high quality.

    • Second place: "Delaware's News at Noon with Allan Loudell
      Judges' comments: "If there could be two casts with first place votes, Allan's would have won as well. Allan projects a worldly, self-assured character, and the newscast reflects those qualities.”

       

      Best On-the-scene Report
    • Second Place: "Superstorm Sandy" - Sean Greene
       

      Best Prepared Report
    • Third place: "Delware's Stories" - Mellany Armstrong
    • Honorable Mention: "EducationWatch" - Amy Cherry
       

      Best Special Programming
    • First place: "Gas Guzzlers" - Amy Cherry
    • Second place: "Storm of '62" - Mellany Armstrong
    • Third place: "Court Secrecy" - Amy Cherry
    • Honorable Mention: "The James Cooke Murder Re-Trial" - Amy Cherry
       

      Best Interview
    • First place: "Baker's Dozen" - Carl Kanefsky
    • Second place: "Cardinal Tumi Interview" - Allan Loudell
    • Third place: "Supreme Court Health Care Ruling, with Sens. Carper & Coons" - Allan Loudell
       

      Best Talk Show
    • First place: The Rick Jensen Show
       

      Best Website
    • Third place: WDEL.com
       

      Best Blog
    • First place: Allan Loudell, WDEL.com
       

      Best Video for Website
    • First place: "Rachel's Story" - Carl Kanefsky
    • Second place: "Cara's Story - Carl Kanefsky
    • Third place: "Cardinal Tumi Interview" - Allan Loudell
    • Honorable Mention: "Conversation with the Candidates" - Allan Loudell & Carl Kanefsky
    • Honorable Mention: "Volunteer to Drive a Steam Car" - Amy Cherry
       






      NFPW
      2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest


      Best Video for Website
      First place: "Rachel's Story" - Carl Kanefsky
       







      2012 Awards


      National Association of Broadcasters
      Crystal Award finalist

      WDEL was proud to be named a finalist for a second straight year for the NAB's prestigious Crystal Award, which recognizes radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.







      RTNDA
      2012 Radio Television Digital News Association
      Edward R. Murrow Awards




      WDEL.com was honored with the prestigious
      Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Website

      WDEL's Chris Carl accepted the award from
      CNBC's Carl Quintanilla during a black tie awards banquet
      in New York City.






      WDEL won five regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

      Overall Excellence
      WDEL News

        The top award! WDEL was honored for its commitment to covering our community.

      Best Newscast
      WDEL's Delaware Morning News

        Peter MacArthur, Mellany Armstrong and the entire WDEL News Team bring Delaware the latest news, traffic, weather and sports.

      Best Continuing Coverage
      Hurricane Irene

        WDEL was honored for our 24-hour wall-to-wall coverage of the August, 2011 storm.

      Best News Series
      Behind Bars

        Amy Cherry provided a look at unique prison vocations.

      Best Website
      WDEL.com

        WDEL.com was honored for disseminating timely news and information, with special notice given to its multitude of local content. Use of audio and video, innovation and interactivity were among the items the judges were looking for.

      WDEL competes in a region which includes Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.





      RTNDA
      Radio Ink 2012 Digital Awards
      Best Website finalist

      WDEL.com was a finalist in the Best Website category in Radio Ink magazine's 2012 Digital Awards.





Chesapeake AP
2012 Chesapeake
Associated Press Broadcasters Association



The WDEL team accepts 15 awards at the Chesapeake AP Brodcasters Association convention in Ocean City, MD. (From L to R, Chris Carl, Sean Greene, Carl Kanefsky, Mellany Armstrong, LeAnne Matlach and Allan Loudell.)


Outstanding News Operation of the Year
  WDEL was presented with the CAPBA's highest honor for our commitment to give Delaware extensive local news coverage.


Outstanding Newscast
"WDEL's Delaware Morning News"

  WDEL's Delaware Morning News with Peter MacArthur and Mellany Armstrong was honored for providing our listeners with timely news, weather, traffic, sports, business news and more.

Outstanding Spot News
  WDEL was honored for its coverage of the August earthquake.


Outstanding Continuing Coverage
  WDEL was honored for its Hurricane Irene coverage.


Outstanding Public Affairs Coverage
"Help Our Kids Radiothon"

  WDEL was honored for its two-day radiothon which raised more than $102,000 for Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.


Best Reporter
Amy Cherry

  Amy was honored for her reporting in 2011, which included live reports from the scenes of breaking news plus in-depth series reports.



Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
  Amy Cherry won this award for her series "Behind Bars," which looked at job training programs for Delaware's prison inmates.


Outstanding News Series
  Mellany Armstrong won this award for her series on odd jobs in Delaware, including a candymaker and a women who tests spacesuits.


Outstanding Feature Reporting
"WDEL's Delaware's Stories"

  Mellany Armstrong was honored for her weekly features that focus on the “everyday people” of Delaware.

Listen for new editions every Thursday morning, and check out the Delaware's Stories page on WDEL.com.


Outstanding Specialty Reporting
"WDEL's Delaware EducationWatch"

  Amy Cherry produces this weekly feature that looks at Delaware's schools, its teachers and students.
Listen for new editions every Wednesday morning, and check out the EducationWatch page on WDEL.com.

Outstanding Year-Round Local Sports
  WDEL was honored for its commitment to covering and broadcasting sports of all levels - professional, college & especially high school.


Outstanding Sports Feature
"WDEL's High School Athlete of the Week"

  Sean Greene was honored for his bi-weekly features on Delaware's best high school athletes.

Outstanding Talk Show
"The Rick Jensen Show"

  Rick Jensen was honored for his weekday afternoon talk show, which talks about the news and events which affect your life in meaningful ways.


Outstanding Website
"WDEL.com"

  WDEL.com is honored again for keeping Delawareans informed.

Outstanding Cooperation
  WDEL was honored for its committment to The Associated Press.

WDEL competes in the Wilmington Metro region against other Wilmington radio stations who are Associated Press members.





Best of Delaware
2012 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2012 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:



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