WCBS Newsradio 880 Wins National Murrow Award For Excellence In Video

June 18, 2019 - 1:10 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- WCBS Newsradio 880 has won the 2019 National Murrow Award for Excellence in Video in the Large Market Radio category for reporter Mike Sugerman's Sweet Spot feature about a Harlem woman who saved a hat factory from going out of business.

Every week, Sugerman highlights a slice of New York City life with his Sweet Spot feature. Watch more episodes here.

Last April, he spotlighted the Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas. She had 100 hats in her collection, but the factory many of them came from was about to shut down. 

So, at the drop of a hat, she decided to buy the nearly 100-year-old S&S hat factory in Philadelphia, saving a dozen jobs.

She rebranded the factory as American Hats, opened a storefront in Harlem, and started making newer, hipper hats like fedoras. She changed hat-making techniques, and in 2017 sold 3,000 hats – an increase of 40 per cent.

The National Murrow Awards, announced Tuesday by the  Radio Television Digital News Association, recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories. 

“The RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold our Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director. “Winning a Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners and readers.”

The winners will be recognized at the Murrow Awards Gala in New York City this October.