WCCO announced as a Marconi Award finalist for "Radio Podcast of the Year"

Jordana Green partnered with the Star Tribune on "Denied Justice" podcast

Paul and Jordana
July 18, 2019 - 2:54 pm
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Welcome to the beginning of a new era of WCCO Radio!  The station that was named "Legendary Station of the Year" in 1992 is now a finalist in the podcast category. 

(Photo Courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters)

It was announced Thursday, that WCCO Radio was one of five stations up for a Marconi Award for "Radio Podcast of the Year" by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  This is the first year that category has been awared by the NAB.

In 2014, a University of Minnesota undergraduate named Abby Honold was raped at an off-campus apartment by a fellow student. Minneapolis police arrested the suspect, but released him a few days later. It would take a year before an investigator from another police department picked up Honold’s case and helped bring her rapist to justice.

In reporting that story, Star Tribune reporters heard from several law enforcement sources that sexual assault investigations in Minnesota deserved further scrutiny.

Over the course of a year, the Star Tribune examined more than 1,400 rape and sexual assault case files from the 20 law enforcement agencies across Minnesota that reported the highest number of sexual assault reports to the FBI.

In July of 2018, WCCO Radio’s Jordana Green created the “Denied Justice Podcast” in association with the Star Tribune’s print series on investigating rape, in order to provide a voice to the victims and law enforcement involved in those specific cases.  WCCO’s “Inside the News” series used narrative storytelling to create this unique, audio-based way to deliver investigative news. 

WCCO presented six episodes in 2018 between July and December, including a trailer at the start of the series.  There were three more episodes produced in 2019 (the Marconi Awards recognize only what was produced in 2018). 

WCCO host Jordana Green continued the story presented in the Star Tribune by conducting her own interviews, adding depth to the reporting, plus interviewing the Star Tribune reporters consistently throughout the series on her Afternoon Drive Talk Show on WCCO Radio.  Jordana’s spent months embedded with reporters Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus of the Star Tribune creating the audio stories that would become “Denied Justice”.  The Star Tribune’s Managing Editor Suki Dardarian, WCCO Program Director Lindsey Peterson, Digital Managing Editor Jared Goyette, and Production Director Dan Culhane also contributed to the series. 

Following the first reports on the combined WCCO Radio/Star Tribune Podcast, the Minnesota Attorney General convened a sexual assault investigative task force with a goal to make recommendations for changes in state law. 

RELATED: WCCO Newsroom awarded with four Regional Edward Murrow Awards. 

WCCO has previously been awarded Marconi Awards for: Major Market Station of the Year in 1991, Legendary Station and MOR Station of the Year in 1992, News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year in 1998, and Large Market Station of the Year in 2011. 

BEST RADIO PODCAST OF THE YEAR
"Behind the Song," WDRV-FM, Chicago, IL
"Denied Justice Podcast," WCCO-AM, Minneapolis, MN
"Garage Logic," Hubbard Radio, St. Paul, MN
"On the Table," NET, Lincoln, NE
"What Had Happened Was," WHIO-FM, Dayton, OH

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