LAWRENCE – Another year of hard work paid off for KPR.
Kansas Public Radio was named Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the Medium Market Radio category on Aug. 13. This was the second consecutive year KPR competed in the Medium Market category, which pits KPR against commercial and noncommercial stations. In previous years, KPR had competed – and won 12 times – in the Non-Commercial Station category.
What makes KPR's win gratifying is that it doesn't compete in many of the categories, KPR News Director J. Schafer said.
"We don't compete in categories like Sports Play-by-Play or Best Sportscast, but we do so well in the news categories that we're fortunate to come out on top," he said. "Awards are only one way of measuring success. The entire station contributed, and that's where our success lies."
KPR swept the Editorial/Commentary category, and its website, redesigned and relaunched earlier this year, was named best in the state.
It's the 14th time KPR has won the top annual prize from the KAB since the award's inception in 1996. That makes 14 times in 17 years. The actual award will be presented to KPR at the KAB's annual convention in October, which will be in Wichita this year.
Individual awards were won by:
Station Promotion Announcement
Honorable Mention: "KPR Presents: Lawrence and 'The Day After,'" Kaye McIntyre
Public Affairs Program
1st: "What's Wrong at Wolf Creek? Investigators Highlight Safety Concerns," Bryan Thompson
2nd: "Flint Hills Discovery Center Opens in Manhattan," Kaye McIntyre
Honorable Mention: "Morning Edition," J. Schafer
Complete News Feature/Enterprise
2nd: "Greensburg Tornado: 5 Years Later, Pain Lingers but Healing Continues," Bryan Thompson
1st: "Santorum Wins Kansas Caucus," Stephen Koranda
2nd: "Kansas Reaction to ACA Ruling Predictable," Bryan Thompson
2nd: 'Right Between the Ears' Live Performance, Darrell Brogdon
1st: "Are the 'Streets of Laredo' Really in Kansas?" Rex Buchanan
2nd: "Questions Surround Meetings at Governor's Mansion," Gwyn Mellinger
Honorable Mention: "The Intimacy of Rain," Cheryl Unruh
1st: Kansas Public Radio, Amy Carlson, Joanna Fewins
KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 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 on the Internet. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk channel on HD Radio. Those broadcasts can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR's website.