WDWS named station of the year by state broadcasters group
Champaign's NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AM has been named station of the year among medium-sized market radio stations by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
The award was announced Wednesday night at the IBA's Silver Dome awards banquet at the iHotel in Champaign. The description of the award states that it honors a station's importance in the community for community service, local news coverage, local sports coverage and promotions, among other things. WDWS' entry into this award category consisted of an eight minute audio package highlighting the station's accomplishments in 2013.
WDWS news reporter Tim Ditman spoke with station General Manager Mike Haile after the award was announced.
In addition to station of the year, WDWS was honored Wednesday night with two first place IBA Silver Dome awards honoring exellence among medium-sized market radio stations.
Tim Ditman received a first place award in the category of best light feature story. The description of the award states that it honors a reporter's ability to cover an unusual story or angle of a local news story. The entry is also judged on production quality, use of sound, relevancy and creativity. Ditman's winning entry profiled a well known fan at University of Illinois men's basketball games.
This is the second year in a row that Ditman has placed first in the light feature story category.
The WDWS news team of Carol Vorel, Michael Kiser, Tim Ditman, Brian Barnhart, Dave Shaul and Kimberly Schofield received a first place award in the category of best series or documentary program. This award consists of a series of stories on any one topic and honors reporters for thoroughness of research, creative writing, presentation, human interest, subject portrayal, effective use of audio, natural sound and editing. The news team's winning entry is a compilation of reports on the tornado that struck Gifford on Nov. 17, 2013.
WDWS also placed in the following categories among medium-sized market radio stations:
Best series or documentary program - second place for the WDWS news team's coverage of the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination
Best reporter - third place for a compilation of reports from Michael Kiser
Best play-by-play of a sporting event - third place for Brian Moline's call of the St. Joseph-Ogden vs. St. Thomas More high school football game on Oct. 4, 2013
Best spot news coverage - third place for the WDWS news team's coverage of the tornado that struck Gifford on Nov. 17, 2013.
Listen to more of the WDWS entries into this year's Silver Dome awards by clicking here.
Earlier Wednesday, the IBA honored WDWS host Jim Turpin with the Broadcast Pioneer Award. The description of the award states that it pays tribute to a broadcaster that has spent his or her entire career in Illinois behind the microphone or camera, in the production room or in the manager's office. It states that a broadcast pioneer dedicated his or her years to bringing local programming to his or her audience while serving as a pillar in the community and exemplifying the true meaning of localism before it became popular.