2022 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced

Written By

Liz Iversen

Published On

Wednesday, Aug 10
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The finalists for the 2022 NAB Marconi Radio Awards have been announced. Named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the awards honor radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities for excellence in radio.

Winners will be announced Oct. 19 during NAB Show New York. In the meantime, SMI’s Senior Media Buyers Pamela Wolfgram and Josh Knock share a few of our favorites:

WTOP-FM, Washington, DC, nominated for:

  • Major Market Station of the Year 
  • Legendary Radio Manager of the Year (Joel Oxley)
  • Best Radio Podcast of the Year for “American Nightmare Season 2: Murder in a Safe Place” 

“I’m not surprised at all to see WTOP nominated in multiple categories!” said Pam Wolfgram, Senior Media Buyer. “I like WTOP in DC because of the monster Metro footprint in prime; what clients don’t often realize about this station is that they’re getting about 20% extra impressions from surrounding metros like Frederick, Fredericksburg and Winchester.”


KSTP-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN for AC Station of the Year

Wolfgram said that KSTP-FM in Minneapolis has been a go-to for her for years. “The listenership is loyal and diverse enough to appeal to a variety of demos, making it a staple for a number of my clients, regardless of the target audience.”


WMGK-FM, Philadelphia for Classic Hits Station of the Year

“I first discovered WMGK in Philadelphia in 2010 when I was cold-calling for a national flower brand in advance of Mother’s Day,” Wolfgram said. “Our success there was crazy!  Since then, our team has used the station for over 30 different campaigns.”


WSB-AM, Atlanta, nominated for:

  • Major Market Station of the Year 
  • News/Talk Station of the Year

Senior Media Buyer Josh Knock said, “For as long as I can remember, I have been including WSB-AM in my media plans. WSB-AM is a mainstay in Atlanta having been on air for over 100 years. If I need to target an engaged, loyal, and affluent audience, they are on the short list.”


WBAL-AM, Baltimore, nominated for Large Market Personality of the Year (C4 and Bryan Nehman)

“It’s nice to see WBAL-AM for Large Market Personality of the Year,” said Knock. “This is a great station with a truly responsive customer base. Our clients benefit from a devoted audience that tunes in all day long enjoying breaking news weather and traffic.”


WBZ-FM, Boston, nominated for:

  • Sports Station of the Year
  • Major Market Personality of the Year (Mike Felger and Tony Massorotti)

WEEI-FM, Boston, nominated for Major Market Personality of the Year (Greg Hill)

Of WBZ-FM and WEEI-FM, Knock said, “Boston loves sports, there’s no doubt about it. Seeing two nominees for Major Market Personality of the Year reinforces that notion. Advertising on Sports stations is very effective because there is a truly interactive listener with spending power. We are lucky enough to hear these stations locally! Go Red Sox!”

The full list of this year’s finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are:

Legendary Station of the Year

KCBS-AM San Francisco
KRLD-AM Dallas
KTAR-FM Phoenix
WIVK-FM Knoxville
WLEN-FM, Adrian, MI

Legendary Radio Manager of the Year

Dr. René Heredia, Guadalupe Radio, Los Angeles
Julie Koehn, WLEN-FM, Adrian, MI
Pamela McKay, KMJQ-FM, Houston
Joel Oxley, WTOP-FM, Washington, DC
Steve Wexler, WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee

Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year

Erica Campbell, Reach Media
D.L. Hughley, Reach Media
George Noory, Premiere Radio Networks
Dan Patrick, Premiere Radio Networks
Dave Ramsey, Ramsey Media

Major Market Personality of the Year

Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel, WSCR-AM, Chicago
Frank Ski, WALR-FM, Atlanta
Greg Hill, WEEI-FM, Boston
Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and Michelle Rodriguez, KSCS-FM, Dallas-Ft. Worth
Mike Felger and Tony Massorotti, WBZ-FM, Boston

Large Market Personality of the Year

C4 and Bryan Nehman, WBAL-AM, Baltimore
Chris O’Brien and Janeen Coyle, WGRR-FM, Cincinnati
Dave Ryan, KDWB-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul
Obie Diaz and Ashley Morrison, WWKA-FM, Orlando
Tony Katz, WIBC-FM, Indianapolis

Medium Market Personality of the Year

Harlen the Sports Guy & Pigskin Bob, KYKX-FM, Tyler, TX
Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise
Mo & StyckMan, WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, TN
Nancy Wilson and Woody, WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
Roger Todd, Ashley Adams and Michele Silva, WJXB-FM, Knoxville, TN

Small Market Personality of the Year

Andrew McKay, WNRP-AM, Pensacola
Erin Hart and Chris Blood, KATI-FM, Columbia, MO
Kelly and Wood, KZPK-FM, St. Cloud, MN
Kristin Monica, KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
Liz Del Grosso and Scotty Cox, KCLR-FM, Columbia, MO

Major Market Station of the Year

KTCK-AM, Dallas-Ft. Worth
WALR-FM, Atlanta
WMMJ-FM, Washington, DC
WSB-AM, Atlanta
WTOP-FM, Washington, DC

Large Market Station of the Year

KBCO-FM, Denver
KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh
WIBC-FM, Indianapolis
WKRQ-FM, Cincinnati
WYCD-FM, Detroit

Medium Market Station of the Year

WHBC-AM, Canton, OH
WJBR-FM, Wilmington, DE
WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne, IN
WSGW-AM, Saginaw, MI
WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, TN

Small Market Station of the Year

KCLD-FM, St. Cloud, MN
KIK-FM, Alexandria, MN
KMON-AM, Great Falls, MT
KROX-AM, Crookston, MI
WXFL-FM, Florence, AL

Best Radio Podcast of the Year

“American Nightmare Season 2: Murder in a Safe Place,” WTOP-FM, Washington, DC
“Behind the Song,” WDRV-FM, Chicago
“Bloomberg Businessweek,” WBBR-AM, New York
“COLD Season 2,” KSL-FM, Salt Lake City
“Gone Cold: Philadelphia Unsolved Murders,” KYW, Philadelphia

AC Station of the Year

KSTP-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
WDUV-FM, Tampa-St. Petersburg
WFLC-FM, Miami
WRMF-FM, Palm Beach, FL
WWRM-FM, Tampa-St. Petersburg

CHR Station of the Year

KTXY-FM, Columbia, MO
KRBE-FM, Houston
WBLI-FM, Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island, NY
WHYI-FM, Miami
WWMX-FM, Baltimore

Classic Hits Station of the Year

WBGG-FM, Miami
WBZO-FM, Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island, NY
WMGK-FM, Philadelphia
WQLT-FM, Florence, AL
WRBQ-FM, Tampa-St. Petersburg

College Radio Station of the Year

WGLS-FM, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
WHPC-FM, Nassau Community College, Nassau County, NY
WMSC-FM, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
WRHU-FM, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
WRRC-FM, Rider University, Trenton, NJ

Country Station of the Year

KATI-FM, Jefferson City, MO
KSCS-FM, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
WHKO-FM, Dayton, OH
WUBE-FM, Cincinnati
WXTU-FM, Philadelphia

News/Talk Station of the Year

KNX-AM, Los Angeles
KTMY-FM, Minneapolis-St. Paul
WKXW-FM, Trenton, NJ
WLW-AM, Cincinnati
WSB-AM, Atlanta

Religious Station of the Year

KLTY-FM, Dallas
WFMV-AM, Columbia, SC
WKNZ-FM, Dover, DE
WMIT-FM, Charlotte, NC
WPRS-FM, Washington, DC

Rock Station of the Year

KCMQ-FM, Columbia, MO
WBAB-FM, Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island, NY
WDRV-FM, Chicago
WIYY-FM, Baltimore
WPLR-FM, New Haven, CT

Spanish Language Station of the Year

KLNV-FM, San Diego
KZNO, Los Angeles
WOEX-FM, Orlando
WYUU-FM, Tampa-St. Petersburg
WZTU-FM, Miami

Sports Station of the Year

KNBR-AM, San Francisco
WBZ-FM, Boston
WIP-FM, Philadelphia
WMFS-FM, Memphis
WXYT-FM, Detroit

Urban Station of the Year

WBTJ-FM, Richmond, VA
WALR-FM, Atlanta
WKYS-FM, Washington, DC
WMBX-FM, West Palm Beach, FL
WWPR-FM, New York

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