Radio Hall of Fame Announces WTOP’s Director of News and Programming Julia Ziegler Recipient of 2022 “One to Watch” Award

Radio Hall of Fame Announces WTOP’s Director of News and Programming Julia Ziegler  Recipient of 2022 “One to Watch” Award

Washington D.C. – The Museum of Broadcast Communications today announced the RADIO HALL OF FAME has named Julia Ziegler, Director of News and Programming for WTOP News in Washington, DC, as the recipient of its One to Watch award.

“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,” said WTOP Vice President and General Manager, Joel Oxley.

“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!”

Ziegler, who began her career at WTOP in 2002 as an intern, was named WTOP’s Director of News and Programming in 2019. From 2015 to 2019, she served as WTOP’s Digital News Director, where she oversaw the creation and development of WTOP’s digital news products, including, the WTOP app, social media, video, podcasts, smart speakers and more. Ziegler was also part of the WTOP team that created and produced the award-winning true crime podcast, 22 Hours: An American Nightmare. Prior to that, she was Managing Editor of WTOP’s sister station Federal News Network for seven years and was Executive Producer at Talk Radio 3WT and Washington Post Radio.

“I am so incredibly honored and touched to accept this award. 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,” said Julia Ziegler, Director of News and Programming for WTOP. “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.”

The One to Watch award was created in 2018 in honor of radio legend and 2012 Radio Hall of Fame inductee and radio legend 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.

“It is with great pride that we honor Julia Ziegler with this year’s One to Watch award.  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,” said Dennis Green, Chair, Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. “On behalf of the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, congratulations, Julia, and continued success!”

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees at the in-person 2022 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st, at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Tickets are on sale now at: A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations in 1991.

About WTOP

WTOP has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been in the news format since 1969. WTOP is the Washington’s top news source, serving the metro area 24/7 with news, traffic and weather.  WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM in the metro area, 107.7 FM in Stafford, Virginia and 103.9 FM in Frederick, Maryland. WTOP’s live stream and news content is available on any device at  WTOP and its sister news operation, Federal News Network, are owned by Hubbard Radio, LLC.


About the Museum of Broadcast Communications

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) collects, preserves and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983.


About the Radio Hall of Fame

The Radio Hall of Fame is a project of the museum and honors notable radio personalities, showcasing their accomplishments in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications. Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are slated by the organization’s nominating committee, which is comprised of industry leaders.

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Elly Rowe


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