2019 Winners

Awards were handed out to broadcast radio and television stations in nineteen categories at the Sound Bites Awards sponsored by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association on Thursday, November 14 at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.

The winners of the night in the Station of the Year category were MyFM 101.3 WMRC and WCVB-TV for radio and television, respectively.  Cat Country 98.1 WCTK-FM and Springfield’s Western Mass News WGGB/WSHM-TV were runners up in the Station of the Year category.

Highlighting broadcaster’s commitment to their communities, MyFM 101.3 won the radio Sound Bites Award for best Public Service Announcement for their “Ben Speaks” PSA.  WCVB-TV won the Public Service Announcement award in television for their “Dimock Center” PSA highlighting the comprehensive health and human services provided to Boston’s underserved neighborhoods.

The MBA highlighted the best in localism with #WeAreBroadcasters awards to 107.3 WAAF for “Mistress Carrie Runs the Boston Marathon” which benefited the Home Base Program. WBZ-TV won the award for television for their coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Now in its eighth year, the Sound Bites Awards received more than 200 award entries, highlighting the excellent work done each year by local broadcasters.  See a complete list of winners below.

CategoryTypePlaceCall LettersHeadline or Title
Individual CommercialRadioMeritWRSI-FMTalon Furniture - Do You Have a Chair?
Individual CommercialRadioFirstWPXC-WHYA-WFRQ-WKFYSandwich Hollows Golf Course - Tom McHugh Skips Work
Individual CommercialTVMeritWBZ-TVBoston Children"s Hospital: Give A Smile
Individual CommercialTVFirstWCVB-TVCommonwealth Motors "Spies"
Commercial CampaignRadioMeritWAZK-FMRemain Nantucket - More
Commercial CampaignRadioFirstWRSI-FMHadley Garden Center - They"re Garden People
Commercial CampaignTVFirstWCVB-TVMcLean Hospital "Letters"
Station ImagingRadioMeritWCTK-FMCat Country 98.1
Station ImagingRadioFirstWBQT-FMHOT 96.9 Imaging
Station Promotional AnnouncementRadioMeritWWBX-FMMix Beach House
Station Promotional AnnouncementRadioFirstWBOS-FMPassport To ROCK
Station Promotional AnnouncementTVMeritWWLP-TV22News Everywhere I Go
Station Promotional AnnouncementTVFirstWFXT-TV"Watch Learn Know"
Air PersonalityRadioMeritWATD-FMRob Hakala
Air PersonalityRadioFirstWSRS-FMSuzanne & Greg In The Morning
Air PersonalityTVMeritWWLP-TVNick Bannin
Air PersonalityTVFirstWCVB-TVBen Simmoneau
Sports FeatureRadioMeritWATD-FMTown Grieves the Loss of Legendary High School Football Coach
Sports FeatureRadioFirstWBZ-FMKraftwork
Sports FeatureTVMeritWWLP-FMMiracle League Opening Day
Sports FeatureTVFirstWCVB-TVJake"s Journey to the Super Bowl
Sports Play-by-PlayRadioMeritWATD-FMScituate vs. Nipmuc Super Bowl Game
Sports Play-by-PlayRadioFirstWPKZ-AMThe 113th Thanksgiving Day Classic
Spot News StoryRadioMeritWATD-FMBiden At Stop & Shop
Spot News StoryRadioFirstWATD-FMA Check For Whitey Bulger
Spot News StoryTVMeritWCVB-TVNew England Casket Company Fire
Spot News StoryTVFirstWBZ-TVMerrimack Valley Gas Explosions
Investigative ReportingTVMeritWGGB/WSHMHolyoke Apartment Squalor
Investigative ReportingTVFirstWCVB-TVState Troopers and Supervisors Charged in Overtime Scandal
Feature StoryRadioMeritWAMQ-FMFinal Frames For Pittsfield"s Candle Lanes
Feature StoryRadioFirstWATD-FMBrockton Summer Fest
Feature StoryTVMeritWCVB-TV"Chronicle": Water Woes
Feature StoryTVFirstWFXT-TVMattapan Conservation Hero
PhotojournalistTVFirstWWLP-TVMichael Houle Composite
Excellence in SoundRadioMeritWPKZ-AMA Player"s Voice: In-Game Player Introductions
Excellence in SoundRadioFirstWATD-FMHanson PTO Plunge
Recurring SegmentRadioMeritWPXC-FMPixy 103"s "Homegrown Showcase"
Recurring SegmentRadioFirstWQRC-FMFeel Good News
Recurring SegmentTVMeritWBTS-TVCrafted on The Cape
Recurring SegmentTVFirstWBZ-TVThe Road Back Home
Digital MediaRadioMeritWWBX-FMUnder The Tree with BSB - Backstreet Boys
Digital MediaRadioFirstWBQT-FMHOT 96.9"s $96K 4-Play
Digital MediaTVMeritWBZ-TVPatriots Super Bowl Anthem
Digital MediaTVFirstWFXT-TVMerrimack Valley Explosions
On-Air ContestRadioMeritWMRC-AMMyFM Summer School
On-Air ContestRadioFirstWWBX-FMMix 104.1 Mix Beach House Contest
On-Air ContestTVFirstWFXT-TVSmall Business Big Dreams
Public Service AnnouncementRadioMeritWMVY-FMAn Inclusive Community: The Goal of the Island Disability Coalition
Public Service AnnouncementRadioFirstWMRC-AMBen Speaks
Public Service AnnouncementTVMeritWBZ-TVPatriots Toy Drive
Public Service AnnouncementTVFirstWCVB-TVDimock Center
#WeAreBroadcastersRadioMeritWATD-FMAlmost Famous Shines a Spotlight on the Local Music Community
#WeAreBroadcastersRadioFirstWAAF-FMWAAF"s Mistress Carrie Runs the Boston Marathon for the Home Base Program
#WeAreBroadcastersTVMeritWCVB-TVHoliday Lights 2018
#WeAreBroadcastersTVFirstWBZ-TVBoston Marathon 2019
Above and BeyondTVFirstWWLP-TVMonica Ricci
Station of the YearRadioMeritWCTK-FMThis is Cat Country 98.1
Station of the YearRadioFirstWMRC-AMMyFM - Commitment to Community
Station of the YearTVMeritWGGB-TVWestern Mass News- Station of the Year
Station of the YearTVFirstWCVB-TVWCVB Station of the Year