K99.1FM, Dayton podcast finalists for prestigious Marconi awards

Country music station K99.1FM is again a finalist for a prestigious Marconi radio award — and a Dayton podcast is also a finalist in a new Marconi category this year.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting.

Two Cox Media Group Ohio products are nominees.

K99.1FM has been nominated as Medium Market Station of the Year and is a past winner in this category.

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“This is such an honor for K99.1 FM, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,” said Jana Collier, vice president of content for Cox Media Group Ohio. “K99 is a true gem for the Dayton community and is beloved by its listeners. It has always put the community first, and it’s so rewarding to be recognized for that work.”

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The 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards are recognizing two new award categories this year, including Best Radio Station Podcast.

The “What Had Happened Was Podcast” — which shares the best tales from Dayton, past and present — has been nominated for the new award. The podcast, launched in 2018, is hosted by Dayton.com reporter and award-winning Dayton Daily News columnist Amelia Robinson and is produced by WHIO Radio in partnership with Dayton.com.

Podcast episodes have featured Dayton-raised celebrities Rob Lowe and Alice Ripley, Oscar winner and Wright State graduate Hannah Beachler, Dayton funk legends Lester and Terry Troutman of Zapp, Dayton drag troupe The Rubi Girls and WHIO-TV chief meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs reflecting on the night of the Memorial Day tornadoes.

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“Amelia has been a great innovator for Cox Media Group Ohio, so it’s no surprise that her local podcast would be nominated for NAB’s first-ever podcast award. Amelia is an incredibly versatile journalist who’s passionate about the Dayton community and about telling its stories. She’s so deserving of this award,” Collier said.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Robinson was recently honored as the Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Columnist in Ohio, and she won second in the state for columnist from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors.

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The winners will be announced Sept. 26 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, held during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.


"What Had Happened Was" is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio.

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