Nagler honored with John F. Hogan Award

September 5, 2014 07:00

By Dustin A. Wlodkowski, RTDNA News

A standing ovation greeted CBS Radio News Vice President Harvey Nagler as he accepted RTDNA’s 2014 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award Friday night in Nashville. The award recognizes an individual’s contribution to journalism as a profession as well as freedom of the press.

After an introduction by RTDNA Chairman Chris Carl in which he called Nagler “a man I have respected for a long time,” a video narrated by CBS’ Charles Osgood brought the audience through Nagler’s decades long career.

He has been VP of CBS Radio News since January 1998 and oversees CBS News’ worldwide radio operations network including thousands of affiliated stations here in the United States. Nagler has also served as General Manager of CBS Radio News between 1997 and 1998 and Director of News Programming for WCBS-AM Newsradio 88 in New York for a decade. During his time there, he coined the ubiquitous radio slogan “traffic and weather, together on the eights.”

Along with Nagler’s career highlights came his tribute video included best wishes from some of his colleagues. Among them was Face the Nation host and 2003 Paul White Award Winner Bob Schieffer, who called Nagler, “a true leader who cares for his people.”

Then Nagler himself took the podium where he gave a special message to students. “As the journalists and hopefully the leaders of tomorrow it is vital that you know the fundamental skills of reporting while, at the same time, being creative and knowing how to function on all platforms,” he said.

Nagler also summed up the importance of a having a professional press by saying, “You don’t go to a citizen surgeon, so why do you go to a citizen journalist?”

He ended his speech on an optimistic note. “We should view the digital revolution as an opportunity,” he said. “It’s a chance to help more people in more places become better informed. It’s an opportunity to shine in this era of traditional media.”

Read an archived version of a live blog from the ceremony here.
See video from the ceremony here.