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WTOP Washington’s Julia Ziegler Named Radio Hall Of Fame’s One To Watch.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications announces that the Radio Hall of Fame has named Julia Ziegler, Director of News and Programming for Hubbard Radio’s WTOP Washington, DC (103.5), as the recipient of its One to Watch award.

The award was created in 2018 in honor of radio legend and 2012 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Art Laboe, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 97. Each year, the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee selects a promising radio personality or team who has demonstrated ratings success, audience growth, and impact on one or more radio stations and their communities.

Ziegler, who began her career at WTOP in 2002 as an intern, was named WTOP’s Director of News and Programming in December 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as WTOP’s Digital News Director. Prior to that, she was Managing Editor of WTOP’s sister station talk WFED (1500) for seven years and was Executive Producer at “Talk Radio 3WT” and “Washington Post Radio.”

“It is with great pride that we honor Julia Ziegler with this year’s One to Watch award,” Dennis Green, Chair, Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee said in a release. “Julia has literally done it all at a station that is one of the most highly respected in the nation. From interning at WTOP to working her way up to Director of News and Programming while setting the station’s path in digital and social media, this recognition is well deserved. On behalf of the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, congratulations, Julia, and continued success.”

Joel Oxley, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Hubbard DC, commented, “I can’t begin to tell you how lucky I am to work with Julia, aka Julie, aka JZ! From intern, to being on the desk at TOP, to working with Washington Post Radio, to being the digital lead at Federal News Network, to running, to now overseeing the entire WTOP news operation, Julie has brought an energy and dedication that is unparalleled. Right as she took over the newsroom, COVID hit and at the same time, Trump news reached its peak. She has deftly guided us through these incredibly challenging times and now is leading the charge to take our programming to where it needs to be in this ever-evolving landscape. Bottom line is that Julie is a winner and WTOP is beyond fortunate to have her leading our news team.”

Past recipients of the One To Watch award include WRIF Detroit PD Jade Springart, NPR’s Noel King, and “Brooke & Jubal.”

“I am so incredibly honored and touched to accept this award,” Ziegler added. “I feel fortunate to work for a company like Hubbard Broadcasting that puts people first and gives them the support to reach their full potential and goals. Art Laboe was a legend in this industry because of his commitment to broadcasting excellence and connecting with so many people. That is something I try to emulate every day.”

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