WDIY Wins 10 Awards at the 2023 Keystone Media Awards, Including ‘Outstanding News Operation’ for Second Year in a Row

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Shamus McGroggan

(Lehigh Valley, PA) – WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Public Radio, won 10 awards at the 2023 Keystone Media Awards earlier this month. For a second year in a row, the station was named Outstanding News Operation among small market stations across Pennsylvania.

The award ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 1 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. The annual honors are hosted by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and recognize excellence in the news media profession among radio stations, television stations, and newspapers.

(Photo Credit: Rick Weaver) – Back row, left to right: Mike Flynn, Rosalie Viscomi, Shamus McGroggan, Greg Capogna, Marcie Lightwood, Karen El-Chaar, Kamran Afshar; front row: Steve Aaronson

The wins bring the total number of professional broadcasting awards WDIY has received this year to 12, which includes two awards the station received at the 2023 PA

Association of Broadcasters’ Excellence in Broadcasting Awards held in May. A full list of WDIY’s wins at the 2023 Keystone Media Awards is below.

Radio II division – Stations licensed to markets outside of Philadelphia or Pittsburgh

  • Best Series – First Place

What’s in a Name?Mike Flynn

Reversal of Roe v. Wade with Reaction from Planned Parenthood Keystone CEO Melissa ReedMarcie Lightwood

  • Best Enterprise Reporting – Second Place

Rep. Susan Wild: No Surprises Act a ‘Commonsense Way’ to Lower Medical ExpensesMike Flynn, Sarit Laschinsky

  • Best Documentary – First Place

Inside the War in Ukraine with Natalia HertsovskaMarcie Lightwood

  • Best Digital Presence – First Place

Lehigh Valley Fall Foliage Listener Photograph SpotlightShamus McGroggan

  • Best Digital Presence – Second Place

WDIY Digital PresenceShamus McGroggan

  • Best Sports Coverage – First Place

Talkin’ Baseball with Steve, Rosalie and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ Mike Ventola

Steve Aaronson, Rosalie Viscomi

  • Podcast (Broadcast) – First Place

WDIY Studio SessionsShamus McGroggan, Neil Hever

  • Outstanding News Operation

WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Public Radio

“We thank the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association for recognizing our organization comprised of 5 full-time staff and over 100 volunteers who present the myriad of programs we provide the Lehigh Valley community and beyond,” said Karen El-Chaar, president of the board of directors for the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, license holder for WDIY.

“It’s always great when an honor comes our way,” said WDIY Operations Director Neil Hever. “We appreciate it very much for the hard work we’ve done here over the years. This is what we do in public radio.”

A full list of the 2023 winners is available at the Keystone Media Awards website.

About WDIY:

WDIY is a listener-supported public radio station and NPR station based in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. The station first began broadcasting in 1995. WDIY serves the community of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey with national NPR programs, local news reporting, locally-produced public affairs programs, and an eclectic mix of music programs hosted by WDIY’s 100+ community volunteers.

WDIY is licensed to the Lehigh Valley Community Broadcasters Association, Inc., an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WDIY can be heard at 88.1 FM in the Lehigh Valley and beyond; 93.9 FM in Easton, PA/Phillipsburg, NJ; streaming on wdiy.org; and streaming on the WDIY app.


Information provided to TVL by:
Shamus McGroggan
WDIY 88.1 FM
Development Director