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 Mention… Kansas Governor Promotes $1 Billion Incentives Package to Attract Mystery Manufacturer by Jim McLean
1st Place… Kansas Public Radio - Winning at Broadcasting Since 1952 - KPR Staff
1st Place… It’s Rodeo Season in Kansas and a Rodeo Museum May Be in the Works by Greg Echlin, J. Schafer (Editor)
2nd Place… A Man with a Tail, a Crown and a ‘Dream Job’ as the Royals’ Mascot by Jim McLean
Honorable Mention… Kansas Jayhawks Seek Revenge in 16th Final Four Appearance by Greg Echlin, J. Schafer (Editor)
EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY/EQUITY/INCLUSION NEWS
1st Place… Conversations: “What’s Up with White Women? - Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice” by Dan Skinner
Honorable Mention… Conversations: “Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy” by Dan Skinner
2nd Place… KansasPublicRadio.org - KPR Staff, Danny Mantyla
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Honorable Mention… Stopping the Coronavirus Starts with Me and You by Kaye McIntyre, KPR Staff
2nd Place… Thinking of Baseball in the Cold of Winter and Remembering a Kansas Great by Rex Buchanan
COMPLETE NEWSCAST BY LOCAL STATION
1st Place… All Things Considered News with Laura Lorson - Laura Lorson
2nd Place… All Things Considered News with J. Schafer - J. Schafer
1st Place… Right-Wing Extremism Has Been Taking Root in Rural Kansas for Decades by Jim McLean
1st Place… Conversations: “The Sleep Deprived Teen” by Dan Skinner
EXCELLENCE IN MULTIMEDIA/DIGITAL STORYTELLING
1st Place… The KPR Presents Book Club: The Queen’s Gambit - Kaye McIntyre
Honorable Mention… The KPR Presents Book Club: “Sitting Pretty” with Rebekah Taussig - Kaye McIntyre
PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM
1st Place… KPR 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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