Kansas Public Radio earned seven individual awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) this year. KPR earned honors in the news, commentary, programming and website categories. The station captured one First Place award, three Second Place awards and three Honorable Mentions in the statewide contest. KPR had been the KAB's reigning Station of the Year since August of 2016, but did not earn the top title this year. Since the award was first created in 1996, KPR has won the Station of the Year award 16 times, more than any other radio or TV station in the state. This year's individual awards for KPR are:
1st Place..."Kansas Legislature Wraps Up 2017 Session" by KPR's Stephen Koranda and Celia Llopis-Jepsen (Kansas News Service)
HARD NEWS FEATURE / ENTERPRISE
2nd Place..."Kansas Lawmakers Consider Overriding Governor Brownback's Veto" by Stephen Koranda
2nd Place..."What's Causing Wyandotte County's Voter Registration Drop?" by Stephen Koranda
Honorable Mention...All Things Considered by Laura Lorson
EDITORIAL / COMMENTARY
2nd Place... “Waltzing Matilda: A Lesson in Teaching” by John Richard Schrock (and J. Schafer)
DJ PERSONALITY AIRCHECK
Honorable Mention... The Retro Cocktail Hour with Darrell Brogdon
The KAB announced the award winners this week, but the actual awards will be handed out during the KAB's annual convention. This year's KAB convention will be held in Manhattan, October 15-17.
KPR, a 16-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at kpr.ku.edu. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.