Q: Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2018 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Since 1996, when the award was first presented, KPR has won the KAB's top prize more than any other station, regardless of market size. How many times has KPR won this coveted award from the KAB?
A: 17 times
Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2018 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. It’s the 17th time KPR has earned the KAB’s top honor. The award, announced August 8, was first presented by the KAB in 1996. KPR has won the award more than any other radio (or TV) station in the state. KPR won a number of individual awards, which helped the station capture the overall Station of the Year award. The individual awards include five 1st Place awards, three 2nd Place awards and one Honorable Mention award.
1st – “KU Aerospace Engineering Students Dominate International Design Competition,” by J. Schafer
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1st – “Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Ready for New Job Tackling Threats to Religious Freedom,” by Stephen Koranda
2nd – “Poultry Plant Controversy Changing a Kansas Town’s Politics,” by Stephen Koranda
1st – “The Day the Wienermobile Came to Town... and Stopped by Kansas Public Radio,” by J. Schafer
HM – “‘Free State, Free Spirits’ Exhibit Celebrates 1960s Lawrence,” by Kaye McIntyre
2nd – “K-State Football Fans Anxious as Coach Snyder Considers Future,” by Greg Echlin (J. Schafer, editor)
1st - The Retro Cocktail Hour - Strange Music from the 1950s & ‘60s with Darrell Brogdon
2nd – “Remembering Vietnam, New PBS Documentary Airs This Month,” by David Teska (J. Schafer, editor)
1st - kansaspublicradio.org, by Danny “Webmaster” Mantyla and the KPR Staff.
KPR News Director J. Schafer said, “While awards are just one measurement of success, it is particularly gratifying to have your work recognized by your peers in the industry, in this case, out-of-state judges. Hopefully, this kind of recognition will translate into more listeners and more KPR members.” The KAB will hand out the awards in October at its annual convention. This year’s KAB convention will be held in Wichita. Here's a link to the entire list of this year's KAB winners.
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