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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.

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 and WDEL.com are honored to receive the prestigious
Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Website

WDEL's Chris Carl accepts the award from CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.






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.





DPA
2012 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


Best Newscast
  • First place: "Delaware's Afternoon News" with Allan Loudell
    Judges' comments: "We like the mix of local, national and international news. The sports, weather and traffic make for a very informative newscast.”

  • Second place: "Delaware's News at Noon with Allan Loudell
    Judges' comments: "WDEL does a good job of filling a news void in Delaware. Allan Loudell gets praise for using his network of sources to inform WDEL listeners.”

  • Third place: "Delaware's Morning News" with Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
    Judges' comments: "Wow! There's a lot of information in this newscast. We like the fact that there's a lot of local news.”


     

    Best On-the-scene Spot Report
  • First Place: "August Tornado," WDEL Staff
    Judges' comments: "This is what radio does best - live, immediate coverage of a breaking story. Amy Cherry gave urgency to the story, and Carl Kanefsky provided good descriptions from the field.”

  • Second Place: "August Earthquake," WDEL Staff
    Judges' comments: "Some good spot news reporting...not only from officials but listeners as well.”

  • Third Place: "Death of Tom Capano," WDEL Staff
    Judges' comments: "Great spot news reporting. For many new residents of Delaware, it was a great way to bring them up to speed on Tom Capano. The staff is to be commended for locating the interviewees after all those years.”

     

    Best Prepared Report
  • First place: "The Loudell Report" - Allan Loudell's daily analysis of the big news & issues

  • Second place: "EducationWatch" - Amy Cherry's weekly report on what's happening in our schools Judges' comments: "These are very good feature pieces. Amy Cherry did a good job talking not only to the teachers, but students as well. They give listeners some positive news about education."

  • Third place: "Delaware's Stories" - Mellany Armstrong's weekly profiles of "every day" Delawareans

  • Honorable Mention: "WDEL's Athlete of the Week," Sean Greene
     

    Best Special Programming
  • First place: "Hurricane Irene," WDEL Staff Judges' comments: "WDEL did a great job keeping listeners informed during the hurricane. Lots of good information about weather conditions, shelters and even insurance."

  • Second place: "Help Our Kids," WDEL Staff Judges' comments: "Some of the children's stories were gut wrenching and could even bring tears to your eyes. It tells a compelling story about what goes on at duPont Hospital for Children."

     

    Best Special Reporting Series
  • First place: "Behind Bars," Amy Cherry Judges' comments: "These are real eye opening reports on what goes on behind bars. The use of sound from the work sites added to the reports. I was impressed with how the inmates expressed pride in their work and the hope they had that these skills will help when they're released."

     

    Best Interview
  • First place: "Death of Osama bin Laden," Allan Loudell Judges' comments: "Each of these interviews were very compelling and kept my attention throughout."

  • Second place: "Governor compelled to answer questions fully," Rick Jensen Judges' comments: "It's not easy to get a straight answer from someone who won't answer the question. But Rick persisted when some would have given up."

     

    Best Talk Show
  • First place The Rick Jensen Show Judges' comments: "Even though the host has his biases, we like the fact that opposing points of view were allowed to be heard."

     

    Best Anchor
  • Second place: Allan Loudell Judges' comments: "Allan Loudell has a very powerful voice which makes what he says authoritative. He reads and adlibs very well, and asks very good questions."

  • Third place: Amy Cherry Judges' comments: "Amy Cherry did an excellent job anchoring. She sounded very authoritative."

     

    Best Website
  • Second place: WDEL.com Judges' comments: "Fantastic site. Love the current info. Love the Photo of the Day and video. If I wanted news, this is the site I would turn to first if I lived in Delaware. Bravo!"

     

    Blog
  • First place: Allan Loudell, WDEL.com Judges' comments: "Allan's blogs were quite interesting and informative. Allan demonstrated he knows what he's talking about."

     






    2012 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
    WDEL Delaware Afternoon News
     

    Best Interview
    Allan Loudell
     
  • Allan won the 1st place award for his interviews on the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • Best Blog
    Allan Loudell
     







    2011 Awards


    National Association of Broadcasters
    Marconi Award -- Medium Market Station of the Year

    WDEL was honored as Medium Market Station of the Year for excellence in broadcasting. Delmarva Broadcasting Company CEO Pete Booker accepted the award at the NAB's 2011 Radio Show in Chicago.




    National Association of Broadcasters
    Crystal Award finalist

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

    Congratulations to WDEL's sister station WSTW-FM for winning a 2011 Crystal Award.



    RTNDA
    Radio Ink 2011 Digital Awards
    Best Website finalist

    WDEL.com was a finalist in the Best Website category (Markets 11-100) in Radio Ink magazine's 2011 Digital Awards.




    Best of Delaware
    2011 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

    Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2011 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:
    • Best Radio Station for News
    • Best Radio News Anchor: Allan Loudell
    • Best Radio Personality: Robin Bryson
    • Best Radio Talk Show Host: Rick Jensen & Al Mascitti


    Thanks for voting for us!





    Chesapeake AP
    2011 Chesapeake
    Associated Press Broadcasters Association



    The WDEL team accepts 11 awards at the Chesapeake AP Brodcasters Association convention in Ocean City, MD. (From L to R, Allan Loudell, Chris Carl, Amy Cherry & Mellany Armstrong.)


    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.

    In addition to newscasts every half-hour, WDEL provides listeners with live coverage of breaking news, local press conferences, major speeches from Delaware elected officials, plus creative feature reporting. WDEL News also produces weekly features on health, education and hi-tech issues, along with “Assignment: Delaware” – a weekly, in-depth look at issues facing Delaware and “Delaware’s Stories” – profiles on “everyday” Delawareans. WDEL has the only three-man, on-the-road team of traffic reporters. And WDEL features “Delaware’s News at Noon” – a one-hour news-magazine program featuring interviews and thoughtful analysis on local, national and international topics. Host Allan Loudell has conducted interviews with newsmakers and reporters from all corners of the world.

    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.

    Best Reporter
    Amy Cherry

      Amy was honored for her reporting in 2010, which included extensive coverage of Delaware's U.S. Senate race, court hearings into alleged sexual abuse by Delaware Catholic priests, and effects of a hurricane on Rehoboth Beach. During a snowstorm, Amy reported live from a DelDOT snow plow.

    Outstanding Continuing Coverage

      WDEL was honored for its ElectionWatch coverage in 2010.


    Outstanding In-Depth Reporting
      Amy Cherry won this award for her coverage of court hearings regarding alleged sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Delaware.


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

      Delaware’s Stories is a weekly feature focusing on the “everyday people” of Delaware. The series is produced solely by WDEL reporter Mellany Armstrong.

    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 Saturday Football Center"

      Don Voltz was honored with this award for WDEL's Saturday football pre-game show, which features the coaches of Univ. of Delaware, Delaware State and Wesley College.

    Outstanding Talk Show
      ‘The Rick Jensen Show’ wins this category again.


    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.





    RTNDA
    2011 Radio Television Digital News Association
    Edward R. Murrow Awards

    WDEL won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards:

    Best News Series
      Catholic Priest Hearings -- WDEL's Amy Cherry was honored for her reporting on court hearings into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the bankruptcy case of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

    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.





    DPA
    2011 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
  • First place: "Delaware's News at Noon" with Allan Loudell
  • Second place: "Delaware's Morning News" with Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
     

    Best On-the-scene Spot Report
  • First Place:"Election Day Reports" - Allan Loudell
  • Second Place: "Snowplow Reports" - Amy Cherry
  • Third Place: "Hurricane Reports" - Amy Cherry
     

    Best Prepared Report
  • First place: "Delaware's Stories" - Mellany Armstrong's weekly profiles of "every day" Delawareans
  • Second place: "EducationWatch" - Amy Cherry's weekly report on what's happening in our schools
  • Third place: "The Loudell Report" - Allan Loudell's daily analysis of the big news & issues
     

    Best Special Programming
  • First place: "ElectionWatch" - Coverage of the 2010 election by the WDEL News team
  • Second place: "Snowmageddon" - Coverage of the 2010 blizzard by the WDEL News team
     

    Best Special Reporting Series
  • First place: "Priest Abuse Hearings" - Amy Cherry's reporting on on court hearings into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the bankruptcy case of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.
     

    Best Interview
  • First place: Allan Loudell's interviews with the candidates for U.S. Senate
  • Second place: Rick Jensen's interview with U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell
     

    Best Talk Show
  • First place The Rick Jensen Show
     

    Best Anchor
  • Second place: Allan Loudell
  • Third place: Amy Cherry
  • Honorable mention: Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
     

    Best Website
  • Second place: WDEL.com
     

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

    Best Social Media Campaign
  • Honorable Mention: Chris Carl
     






    NFPW
    2011 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest


    Best On-the-Scene Spot Report
    First place: Allan Loudell, ElectionWatch reports
    Judges comments: Allan shows prowess as a seasoned pro, coupled with his educated questions about Delaware races and a sharp understanding of the geography that makes up the Wilmington listening area.
     

    Best Newscast
    2nd place: Delaware’s News at Noon with Allan Loudell
     

    Best Interview
    3rd place: Allan Loudell, U.S. Senate candidates
    Allan Loudell's interviews with candidates Chris Coons, Christine O'Donnell and Mike Castle.
     








    2010 Awards


    Chesapeake AP
    2010 Chesapeake
    Associated Press Broadcasters Association



    The WDEL team accepts NINE awards at the Chesapeake AP Brodcasters Association convention in Ocean City, MD. (From L to R, Chris Carl, Carl Kanefsky, Peter MacArthur, Amy Cherry, Mellany Armstrong, Rick Jensen 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.

    In addition to newscasts every half-hour, WDEL provides listeners with live coverage of breaking news, local press conferences, major speeches from Delaware elected officials, plus creative feature reporting. WDEL News also produces weekly features on health, education and hi-tech issues, along with “Assignment: Delaware” – a weekly, in-depth look at issues facing Delaware and “Delaware’s Stories” – profiles on “everyday” Delawareans. WDEL has the only three-man, on-the-road team of traffic reporters. And WDEL features “Delaware’s News at Noon” – a one-hour news-magazine program featuring interviews and thoughtful analysis on local, national and international topics. Host Allan Loudell has conducted interviews with newsmakers and reporters from all corners of the world.
    Judges' comments:"The station is on top of its game, giving listeners comprehensive coverage of important issues. If you don’t want to miss it, listeners must know to tune to WDEL."

    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: "Delaware’s Morning News gets right to the punch with what you need to know. Way to bring national news home! Judges really appreciate how WDEL localizes national news. Good variety of voices and stories.”

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

      Delaware’s Stories is a weekly feature focusing on the “everyday people” of Delaware. The series is produced solely by WDEL reporter Mellany Armstrong.

    Judges' comments: " Delaware’s Stories features great characters, but the interviewer clearly had the ability to draw out the “personality” from her subjects. "

    Look for new editions every Thursday on WDEL.com's Delaware's Stories page.


    Outstanding Specialty Reporting
    "The Loudell Report"

      WDEL's Allan Loudell selects a story deserving in-depth treatment each morning for "Delaware's Morning News." The intent is to take a story -- often national or international, with local tie-ins -- and highlight some lesser-known points.
    Judges' comments: " Interesting topics. Very engaging."

    Listen for new editions of The Loudell Report each weekday at 5:56 a.m. and 7:56 a.m., or download recent editions from WDEL.com's podcast page page.


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

    Judges' comments: " A slam dunk. These folks do a whole lot of sports. Well written, well produced and comprehensive coverage. “



    Outstanding Talk Show
      ‘The Rick Jensen Show’ took home this honor.

    Judges' comments: “The host is well informed and a good devil’s advocate. The show presents an interesting range of voices and opinion. “



    Outstanding News Series
      WDEL won for its series “The Minner Years” – an in-depth interview with outgoing Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, produced by Carl Kanefsky.
    Judges' comments: “ This series offers a refreshingly intimate look at the outgoing Governor. Up close and candid. “


    Outstanding Website
    "WDEL.com"

      You already know how good WDEL.com is. You're here, aren't you?

    Judges' comments: " Well-organized with many different kinds of content available and useful information right up front. "


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





    RTNDA
    2010 Radio & Television News Directors Association
    Edward R. Murrow Awards

    WDEL won two regional Murrow awards:

    Best Newscast
      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.

    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.





    Best of Delaware
    2010 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

    Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2010 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:
    • Best Radio Station for News
    • Best Radio Station for Sports
    • Best Radio News Anchor, upstate: Allan Loudell
    • Best Radio Talk Show Host, upstate: Don Voltz
    • Best Radio Talk Show Host, Critic's choice: Rick Jensen


    Thanks for voting for us!





    DPA
    2010 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
  • First place: "Delaware's News at Noon" with Allan Loudell
  • Second place: "Delaware's Morning News" with Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
     

    Best On-the-scene Spot Report
  • First Place:"Obama Whistlestop" - WDEL News Team - WDEL's coverage of President-elect Obama's Inaugural Train stop in Wilmington.
  • Second Place: "Castle Announcement" - WDEL News Team - WDEL's coverage of Cong. Castle's announcement that he's running for U.S. Senate
     

    Best Prepared Report
  • First place: "Delaware's Stories" - Mellany Armstrong's weekly profiles of "every day" Delawareans
  • Second place: "The Loudell Report" - Allan Loudell's daily analysis of the big news & issues
     

    Best Special Programming
  • First place: "Giving the gift of better health to children" - Mellany Armstrong's profile of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and the families who have been helped by the hospital.
  • Second place: "The Minner Years" - Carl Kanefsky's in-depth profile of outgoing Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner

     

    Best Interview
  • First place: Allan Loudell's interviews on the military allowing photographs of the caskets of fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base
  • Third place: Allan Loudell's interviews on Delaware establishing a sports lottery system
     

    Best Talk Show
  • Second place: The Rick Jensen Show
     

    Best Anchor
  • Second place: Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
  • Third place: Allan Loudell received the 3rd place award.
     

    WDEL competed against other Delaware radio stations.




    2010 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest


    Best Newscast
    Delaware’s News at Noon with Allan Loudell
    Allan keeps Delaware informed on local, national and international issues and stories.
    Judges comments:A good mix of local & network reports. I'm sure that listeners appreciate this mid-day report.
     




    Best Interview
    Third place: DAFB Photos, Allan Loudell
    Allan Loudell's interviews on the military allowing photographs of the caskets of fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base.
     

    Best Web Commentary
    Second place: Allan Loudell blog
    Judges comments: We appreciate his informed commentary and the balancing act as a newsman/blogger. He does a good job of bringing the info/background he's gleaned from reporting on the stories to his comments. Writing style is very "approachable" - good for blogs.
     




    SPJ
    Philadelphia Chapter

    Best Newscast
      1st place – Delaware’s Morning News
    3rd place – Delaware’s News at Noon
    Judges comment: WDEL anchor Allan Loudell’s versatility is a plus in this demanding, multitasking world. The station and listeners benefit from such a strong asset.

    Best News Story
      3rd place – Obama Whistle Stop, WDEL Staff

    Best Feature Story
      2nd place – Delaware’s Stories, Mellany Armstrong

    Best Interview
      2nd place – Sports Betting, Allan Loudell

    Best Health & Science Report
      3rd place – “Giving the gift of better health to children”, Mellany Armstrong
    Judges Comments: “Put a human face on the work of a prominent children’s hospital.”


    The competition was open to radio stations in Philadelphia, Trenton, Allentown, Atlantic City, Lancaster, Reading and Wilmington.






  • 2009 Awards


    RTNDA
    2009 Radio & Television News Directors Association
    Edward R. Murrow Awards

    WDEL was honored to receive the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for
    Best Newscast -- WDEL's Delaware Morning News


    WDEL's Mellany Armstrong and Chris Carl receive the award at a black-tie awards banquet in New York City.

    WDEL won two regional Murrow awards:

    Overall Excellence
      The RTNDA's highest honor! WDEL was honored for its commitment to covering Delaware news - from breaking stories to live press conferences to outstanding feature & specialty reporting, not to mention the fact that WDEL is the ONLY Wilmington radio station which updates Delaware's top stories at the top of the hour every hour throughout the day.

    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.
    WDEL won the most awards in its class.




    Best of Delaware
    2009 Delaware Today Best of Delaware

    Thanks to our listeners, WDEL won several 2009 Delaware Today Best of Delaware awards. WDEL was recognized for:
    • Best Radio Station for News
    • Best Radio Station for Sports
    • Best Radio News Anchor, upstate: Allan Loudell
    • Best Radio Talk Show Host, upstate: Carlos de Los Ramos, "The Latin Beat"

      Thanks for voting for us!





      Chesapeake AP
      2009 Chesapeake
      Associated Press Broadcasters Association



      Chris Carl (l) accepts the 2008 News Operation of the Year award from AP Mid-Atlantic Bureau Chief Dorothy Abernathy at the Chesapeake AP Brodcasters Association convention in Ocean City, MD.


      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.

      In addition to newscasts every half-hour, WDEL provides listeners with live coverage of breaking news, local press conferences, major speeches from Delaware elected officials, plus creative feature reporting. WDEL News also produces weekly features on health, education and hi-tech issues, along with “Assignment: Delaware” – a weekly, in-depth look at issues facing Delaware and “Delaware’s Stories” – profiles on “everyday” Delawareans. WDEL has the only three-man, on-the-road team of traffic reporters. And WDEL features “Delaware’s News at Noon” – a one-hour news-magazine program featuring interviews and thoughtful analysis on local, national and international topics. Host Allan Loudell has conducted interviews with newsmakers and reporters from all corners of the world.

      Judges' comments:"Goes beyond just the news - Delaware stories are very unique and interesting"

      Outstanding Newscast
      "WDEL's Delaware Morning News"

        Judges' comments: "Delaware's Morning News wakes you up, Great energy for the morning - clean crisp and understandable. Nice teases, nicely paced product - clearly the market leader. Excellent work!"

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

        Delaware’s Stories is a weekly feature focusing on the “everyday people” of Delaware. The series is produced solely by WDEL reporter Mellany Armstrong.

      Judges' comments: "Descriptive storytelling, creative writing, nice work"

      Look for new editions every Thursday on WDEL.com's Delaware's Stories page.


      Outstanding Specialty Reporting
      "The Loudell Report"

        WDEL's Allan Loudell selects a story deserving in-depth treatment each morning for "Delaware's Morning News." The intent is to take a story -- often national or international, with local tie-ins -- and highlight some lesser-known points.
      Judges' comments: "Right to the point and knowledgeable, has great interesting sources, asks relevant questions, credible source for information ... excellent job."

      Listen for new editions of The Loudell Report each weekday at 5:56 a.m. and 7:56 a.m., or download recent editions from WDEL.com's podcast page page.


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

      Judges' comments: "Nice variety and coverage of local and national sports, overall a good product"



      Outstanding Website
      "WDEL.com"

        You already know how good WDEL.com is. You're here, aren't you?

      Judges' comments: "Great use of new technology - hip to the latest trends of people wanting to get news on the go - blogs are a great to interact with your listeners"


      WDEL competes in the Wilmington Metro region against other Wilmington radio stations who are Associated Press members. WDEL won 6 awards in the 7 categories it entered.





      DPA
      2009 Delaware Press Association Communications Contest


      Best Newscast
      "Delaware's Morning News"

      Judges' comments: "Well written. Quick paced, but easy to listen to."
       

      Best Special Programming
      "Shaping the Future"
      Mellany Armstrong

      To honor Black History Month, WDEL’s Mellany Armstrong produced “Shaping the Future” – a 10-part series featuring unsung Delawareans who are helping young people and their communities. Mellany’s effort began by soliciting nominations from Delaware elected officials, community leaders and WDEL listeners. 10 honorees were then chosen and interviewed for the series.

      Judges' comments: "Good variety of stories. You let your interviewees tell their stories. Inspiring for all your listeners."

       

      Best Prepared Report
      "Assignment: Delaware"
      Carl Kanefsky

    • Mellany Armstrong received the second place award for "Delaware's Stories", and Allan Loudell received an honorable mention for "The Loudell Report."
       

      Best Interview
      Allan Loudell
       
    • Allan won the 1st place award for his interviews on proposed sports gambling in Delaware.

    • Best Anchor
      Peter MacArthur & Mellany Armstrong
       
    • Allan Loudell received a 3rd place award.

    • WDEL competed against other Delaware radio stations.




      SPJ
      Philadelphia Chapter

      Best Interview
        1st place - Allan Loudell for "VP Biden Analysis"

      Allan was also honored in the categories of Newcast and News Story The competition was open to radio stations in Philadelphia, Trenton, Allentown, Atlantic City, Lancaster, Reading and Wilmington.





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