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Kansas Public Radio Wins Station of the Year for Record 21st Time

Lawrence, Kansas - Kansas Public Radio has earned the Station of the Year award for a record 21st time from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB announced the award August 18. The Station of the Year award was first presented in 1996. KPR won the prize that first year and has now earned the KAB’s highest honor more than any other radio or TV station in the state.  

In addition to the coveted top prize, the public radio station received 17 individual accolades, including eight First Place awards, four Second Place awards and five Honorable Mention awards.

The individual honors were earned in hard news feature/enterprise story, station excellence, sports feature, excellence in diversity/equity/inclusion news, station website, public service announcement, editorial/commentary, complete newscast by local station, spot news, special program, excellence in multimedia/digital storytelling and public affairs program. This year’s individual awards for KPR are:

HARD NEWS FEATURE/ENTERPRISE STORY
Honorable MentionKansas Governor Promotes $1 Billion Incentives Package to Attract Mystery Manufacturer by Jim McLean

STATION EXCELLENCE
1st PlaceKansas Public Radio - Winning at Broadcasting Since 1952 - KPR Staff

SPORTS FEATURE
1st PlaceIt’s Rodeo Season in Kansas and a Rodeo Museum May Be in the Works by Greg Echlin, J. Schafer (Editor)
2nd PlaceA Man with a Tail, a Crown and a ‘Dream Job’ as the Royals’ Mascot by Jim McLean
Honorable MentionKansas Jayhawks Seek Revenge in 16th Final Four Appearance by Greg Echlin, J. Schafer (Editor)

EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY/EQUITY/INCLUSION NEWS         
1st PlaceConversations: “What’s Up with White Women? - Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice” by Dan Skinner
Honorable MentionConversations: “Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy” by Dan Skinner

STATION WEBSITE         
2nd Place… KansasPublicRadio.org - KPR Staff, Danny Mantyla

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Honorable MentionStopping the Coronavirus Starts with Me and You by Kaye McIntyre, KPR Staff

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY    
2nd PlaceThinking of Baseball in the Cold of Winter and Remembering a Kansas Great by Rex Buchanan

COMPLETE NEWSCAST BY LOCAL STATION       
1st PlaceAll Things Considered News with Laura Lorson - Laura Lorson
2nd PlaceAll Things Considered News with J. Schafer - J. Schafer

SPOT NEWS
1st PlaceRight-Wing Extremism Has Been Taking Root in Rural Kansas for Decades by Jim McLean

SPECIAL PROGRAM       
1st PlaceConversations: “The Sleep Deprived Teen” by Dan Skinner

EXCELLENCE IN MULTIMEDIA/DIGITAL STORYTELLING      
1st PlaceThe KPR Presents Book Club: The Queen’s Gambit - Kaye McIntyre
Honorable MentionThe KPR Presents Book Club: “Sitting Pretty” with Rebekah Taussig - Kaye McIntyre

PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM   
1st PlaceKPR Presents: A Remembrance of Bob Dole - Kaye McIntyre
            
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters will recognize this year’s winners at an awards dinner during the KAB Annual Convention in Manhattan, Kan., on October 24.  

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