Tribune’s WGN Radio Chicago took top honors at the 2014 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards, held in Peoria. For the seventh year in a row, the IBA recognized WGN Radio as the Chicago Market Station of the Year at its annual best-in-state awards ceremony.
In addition, WGN earned first place honors in six categories:
— Best play-by-play team for Chicago Blackhawks broadcasters John Wiedeman and Troy Murray.
— Best radio series or documentary for “Beyond Bartman: The Story of the 2003 Cubs,” produced by David Kaplan, Trey Elling and Dan Levy.
–Best radio feature for “Halloween Rescheduled,” with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder.
–Best station website for wgnradio.com.
–Best use of new media for the “Graveyard Shift Tours,” video with Nick Digilio and Dan Sugrue.
–Best non-humorous commercial for “Des Plaines Golf Center,” produced by Jason Skaggs.
“We are thrilled to have taken home seven awards and to be recognized by our peers at the Illinois Broadcasters Association,” said President and General Manager Jimmy de Castro. “You can’t be named Chicago Market Station of the Year without terrific contributions from people like John and Troy at the Chicago Blackhawks and the incredibly talented family at WGN Radio. These awards are a testament to the strong sense of collaboration at our station and the amazing buzz in our hallways.”
The competition is divided into three market classifications, allowing stations in similarly sized markets to compete on a level playing field. Out-of-state broadcasters do the judging for the Illinois competition.