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The 19th annual American Women in Radio & Television National Commendation Awards saluted CBS’ “Murphy Brown” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” Metromedia’s “The Jerry Springer Show,” ABC’s “PrimeTime Live,””Dateline NBC,” Lifetime Television, CNN, National Public Radio and BBC Radio in Scotland in ceremonies at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

Of the more than 100 winners, 18 received awards for coverage of issues of violence.

Most of those honors went to local television and radio stations.

Only two victors in the coverage-of-violence category came from beyond the New York local area –“Jerry Springer” and a CNN documentary series, “Till Death Do Us Part,” hosted by Susan Rook, who also hosted the awards program.

“Springer” tied in the TV talkshow category, with a show produced by WPIX. Springer won for a three-part series, “Battered Women: Breaking the Silence.”

CBS was the biggest network winner, as both its entertainment and news divisions took home AWRT awards. An episode of “Murphy Brown” titled “One” won in the TV entertainment programming/comedy category, while “Dr. Quinn” took home the TV drama award.

CBS’s news division won in the category of TV programs produced by women, for a seg of “Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt” newscast, “Alma Mater,” produced by Lucy Scott and reported by Randall Pinkston.

ABC and NBC each received one award for their news divisions. ABC’s “PrimeTime Live” got the nod in the TV news feature category for “Forget Me Never.” NBC’s “Dateline, NBC” won the TV magazine show award, for its “At What Price.”

Lifetime won in the docu single entry and public service announcement categories: “Ms. Smith Goes to Washington” took home the award for the former, while its “Mission 100” series won for the latter.

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