LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — All-News 99.1 WNEW has taken two top awards in the broadcast journalism world in its first year on air.
The all-news radio station has been awarded the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s Outstanding News Operation Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage for the derecho that wreaked havoc on the metropolitan area last June.
WNEW’s Program Director Robert Sanchez credits the prestigious awards to the tenacity of the WNEW team, especially during the derecho.
“The derecho was our first big story, we were on the air barely five months,” said Sanchez. “We were out there in the thick of it, telling our listeners where they could recharge their cell phones, where they could find ice and in some cases food.”
Like many across the region, WNEW lost electricity and had nothing but an open mic and cell phones to get the latest information on air.
Sanchez also credits the willingness of the team to try new things and report what matters most to listeners.
“WNEW isn’t the typical radio station, it’s a public utility providing vital, perhaps even life-saving, information.”
WNEW-FM All-News 99.1 launched in January 2012 as a CBS radio station.
WNEW Reporter John Domen sat down with Sanchez shortly after receiving the award: