From 1949 to 1979, WDAS AM-FM Radio won hundreds of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting, news and public affairs. Among the long list are the Armstrong Award, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation Medals, Sigma Delta Chi, dozens of Associated Press Awards including a triple play in the 1962 AP awards, when WDAS swept first-place honors in all three major categories -the only station in the city to do so. Not bad for the little independent against competition from CBS, Westinghouse, Metromedia and numerous other major networks.
The work of these legendary communicators lives on today with new generations of writers and filmmakers who are inspired by the history and spirit found on these web pages.
National History Day Winners from Philadelphia's Masterman High School won city and statewide competitions with a documentary on WDAS History.
Their work was covered on KYW News Radio, the Philadelphia Daily News and was commended in a House resolution in the Pennsylvania Legislature.
Articles and Books Referencing WDASHistory
50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington
WDASHistory.org Media Coverage
The Philadelphia Daily News
Banner Headlines and 3-page article in The Philadelphia Daily News
Critically-acclaimed PHILADELPHIA RADIO by Alan Boris
NOBODY TURN ME AROUND offers the first comprehensive study of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” oration. Author Charles Euchner interviewed more than 100 organizers and participants to create a portrait of the civil rights movement at its peak. Euchner also delved into archives all over the country, FOIA records, and long-lost audio and video records. The book has received excellent reviews from leaders and scholars across the country.
--Read Excerpt--featuring WDAS air personality "Bonnie Prince Charlie" Geter