The Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. Regional Murrow Awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions.
CultureShift host and reporter Ryan Patrick Hooper has been awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his story “Would You Rent a Stray Dog From the City of Detroit?.” The story is about The Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control new program called Detroit Dogventures as part of their mission to “help the homeless animals in our city.”
The group directly supports Detroit Animal Care and Control, which is an animal shelter operated by the City of Detroit. The Dogventures allow volunteers to take dogs out of the shelter for one-day adventures around the city of Detroit — Hooper coined the phrase “rent a dog” during his interview with board member Margo Butler.
Regional winners of the Murrow Awards automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. A complete list of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found here.
WDET competes in Region 7 in the Large Market Radio category, which consists of public and commercial radio stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.