Veteran broadcast journalist and local radio host Phil Goodwin, known to central Virginia radio listeners for the last 28 years as ‘Today’s Country’ 103.1 WJMA-FM and ‘Classic Hits’ 105.5 & 95.3 WOJL-SAMFM’s News Director and morning news anchor, is the 2018 recipient of the George A. Bowles Jr. Award for Distinguished Performance in Broadcast News, awarded annually by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB), the statewide industry group made up of Virginia radio and television stations.
WJMA-FM/WOJL-SAMFM and Piedmont Communications General Manager, Kevin Dalton announced on May 21st that the VAB notified him last week that Goodwin, who has been a part of the local radio community since 1976, would receive the state’s highest news industry award for 2018 at the organizations summer meetings in Virginia Beach in June.
According to the VAB, The George A. Bowles Jr. Award for Distinguished Performance in Broadcast News is presented to a reporter or news director who is distinguished in the field of broadcast news, has longevity in Virginia broadcasting, is respected by peers and exhibits enthusiasm for his or her work and the community.
“If there is anyone in the broadcast news profession today”, Dalton stated, “that exemplifies the VAB’s criteria of talent level and achievement necessary to receive this distinguished award, it is Phil Goodwin”.
Winner of several previous VAB state news awards for individual story coverage, production and news broadcasts during his long career, Phil Goodwin has also won multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for national news coverage achievements in 1994, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Associated Press News coverage and production awards in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.