Westwood One News was honored with five awards from the New York International Radio Festival, Monday night, including a Gold Medal Award for its Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later news retrospective, which aired during Veterans Day weekend November, 2017. The awards were presented at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.
The special was hosted by Jim Bohannon, a Vietnam veteran and Redcatcher, who served with the 856th Radio Research Detachment in Cat Lai and Long Binh, Vietnam, from 1967-1968. Bohannon also won a NY Festival prize 30 years ago for his first Pain & Pride news special.
“I’m very gratified that producer David Oziel, the Westwood One News team, and I have received this recognition,” said Bohannon. “For me, there’s special meaning in that we did a 20-year look back Pain and Pride special that won the New York Festival’s Grand Award in 1988. Also, I’ll be the keynote speaker this Thursday, June 21st, at the Branson, Missouri reunion of my Vietnam unit, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. It’s a delightful manifestation of what Vietnam vets say to each other: ‘welcome home.’”
Westwood One News also won a Silver award for America in the Morning for “Best News Magazine,” two Bronze awards for its coverage of the Las Vegas shooting last year for “Best Breaking Coverage” and “Ongoing Coverage” of a news story, and a Bronze medal for its Summer of Love retrospective for “Best Historical Documentary.”