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 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.





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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