WGBH News and Media Relations


June 23, 2015

WGBH News Receives Honors for Radio from 2015 New York Festivals

89.7 WGBH Radio team awarded for best coverage of a breaking news story and ongoing news story, best nonfiction series, and environmental reporting

BOSTON, Massachusetts (June 23, 2015) – For the third year in a row, WGBH Radio earned prestigious recognition at the 2015 New York Festivals® International Radio Programs & Promos Awards. Each year, the New York Festivals honor the best in radio programming from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

WGBH Radio’s reporting on the 2014 Back Bay Fire took the Bronze Medal in the category of best coverage of a breaking news story. The station also received three Finals for coverage of the Market Basket dispute (best coverage of ongoing news story), its ongoing examination of the middle class’s evolving identity with Rediscovering the Middle Class (best nonfiction series), and its look at New England’s energy challenges with Inside Vermont Yankee (environment and ecology).

“Recognition from the New York Festivals is one of the highest honors that a radio station can earn and I am proud to say that the WGBH Radio team has received acknowledgement for a third consecutive year. This year’s awards are perhaps the best reflection of the wide yet deeply local range of coverage that WGBH Radio strives to provide our listeners as Boston’s local NPR, from how science innovations will affect our future to the social issues that shape our communities,” said Phil Redo, general manager for WGBH Radio.

The recognition is the latest in a string of recent honors awarded to WGBH News, including the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for the weekly TV series, Beat the Press, national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple AP Awards for radio coverage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The newsroom continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage and crafting the stories that only public media can tell.

The full list of 2015 New York Festivals finalists can be found here.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and oversees Public Radio International (PRI). As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors. More info at www.wgbh.org.




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