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WCBS-AM, WABC-TV and WNBC Among the RTDNA Award Winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been recognizing top achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Today, the organization announced its 2011 recipients in radio and TV in regions throughout the country.

In the large market radio division, WCBS-AM won four times, including for Overall Excellence.

Newsradio 880 also was victorious for Audio News Series (Chasing the Next High) with reporter Irene Cornell, and Use of Sound by reporter Sean Adams.

“Given the level of competition in the region, we’re thrilled at the honor,” Tim Scheld, WCBS-AM news director, tells FishbowlNY.

Scheld singles out another WCBS award winner, Best Audio Newscast (September 17th 7 a.m.) from the morning after the New York City tornado hit, as dozen of staffers gathered information in and out of the newsroom.

“That’s a nice honor. I’m thrilled for our crew, plus being part of the CBS family, the Murrows mean something special here,” Scheld says.

WBBR/Bloomberg Radio took home the prize for Audio Feature Reporting (The New Economics of Hollywood).

WNYC Radio was named Best Audio Reporting: Hard News (Deportations Before Reform: Anatomy of an Immigration Bust).

On the TV side, WABC won in the categories – Video Continuing Coverage (NYPD: Fighting Crime at What Cost) and Video News Series (The New War on Heroin).

WNBC also notched a pair of awards: Video Feature Reporting (Gift of Healing) and Use of Video by Michael DelGiudice.

News 12 Long Island’s Virginia Huie was chosen for Best Writing. 

Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

Update: Susan Sullivan, WNBC VP News, says: “It’s great to have the work of our experienced and hard working journalists recognized by this important organization.”

Photo courtesy of CBS News

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