In 1994 Phil Goodwin's feature story Water Discovered about the rehabilitation of a drinking fountain on Main Street in Orange was chosen by the Radio Televison News Directors Association as the best in the country among small market radio stations. The story first won in RTNDA Region 13 consisting of stations in Deleware, Maryland, The District of Columbia and Virginia. It then went to national competition where it won again. Phil traveled to the national RTNDA meeting in Los Angeles where Andy Rooney presented the award to Phil. Rooney told Phil, "I heard your story. The writing was good." Phil says it was the highlight of his career. Phil also likes to point out that this version of the award shows Murrow with a cigarette. Newer versions of the award have been "corrected" to remove the cigarette.
Click this link to hear the winning story.
award photo by Michael Remorenko