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KPR wins 15th Station of the Year award

Tue, 08/20/2013

LAWRENCE — KPR’s trophy case is getting awfully crowded.

Kansas Public Radio was named Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the Medium Market Radio category Monday, Aug. 19. This was the third consecutive year KPR competed in the Medium Market category, which pits KPR against commercial and non-commercial stations. In previous years, KPR had competed — and won 12 times — in the Non-Commercial Station category.

KPR doesn’t compete in many of the categories, such as sports play-by-play or 60-second commercial, so other stations could have had an advantage. But KPR News Director J. Schafer said that the high-quality news and music shows KPR presents more than make up for that.

“KPR swept the News Feature category, and took two of the three places in Public Affairs Program, Complete Newscast, Spot News and Editorial/Commentary,” Schafer said. “That shows the strength of our reporting, editing and story-telling.”

It’s the 15th time KPR has won the top annual prize from the KAB since the award's inception in 1996. That makes 15 times in 18 years. The actual award will be presented to KPR at the KAB’s annual convention in October, which will take place in Manhattan this year.

Individual awards:

Complete News Feature/Enterprise

First place: Bryan Thompson, "Hands-On Class Teaches Teens to Drive Smart"

Second place: Bryan Thompson, "Tracking Asteroids from a Backyard in Kansas"

Honorable mention: Stephen Koranda, "Kansas Bets on Tax Cuts to Spur Economic Growth"

Public Affairs Program

First place: "Right Between the Ears," Darrell Brogdon, producer

Second place: "KPR Presents: KPR’s 60th Anniversary Part 1," Kaye McIntyre, producer

Spot News

First place: Stephen Koranda, "Real Christmas Tree Returns in Cedar Crest Mansion"

Honorable mention: Bryan Thompson, "Future Uncertain for KU Med School in Salina"

Complete Newscast

Second place: Laura Lorson, "All Things Considered"

Honorable Mention: J. Schafer, "Morning Edition"

Editorial/Commentary

Second Place: Cheryl Unruh, "Love’s Pure Light on the High Plains"

Honorable Mention: Roger Martin, "Mom on Medicaid: Have Entitlements Become a Dirty Word in the Season of Giving?"

Special Program

Second Place: "A Night on the Town: The 1920s," George Harter, producer

DJ personality Aircheck

Honorable Mention: Darrell Brogdon, "Retro Cocktail Hour"

KPR, a 15-time Kansas Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year, licensed to KU, 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 online here. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.



Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! We caught sunflowers standing tall at the Grinter Family Farms just outside Lawrence last fall. You may wonder how the sunflower came to be the State flower in 1903 and we found an excerpt from Kansas legislation: Whereas, Kansas has a native wild flower common throughout her borders, hardy and conspicuous, of definite, unvarying and striking shape, easily sketched, moulded, and carved, having armorial capacities, ideally adapted for artistic reproduction, with its strong, distinct disk and its golden circle of clear glowing rays -- a flower that a child can draw on a slate, a woman can work in silk, or a man can carve on stone or fashion in clay; and Whereas, This flower has to all Kansans a historic symbolism which speaks of frontier days, winding trails, pathless prairies, and is full of the life and glory of the past, the pride of the present, and richly emblematic of the majesty of a golden future, and is a flower which has given Kansas the world-wide name, "the sunflower state"... Be it enacted ... that the helianthus or wild native sunflower is ... designated ... the state flower and floral emblem of the state of Kansas.

We caught sunflowers standing tall at Grinter Family Farms outside of Lawrence last fall. Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! http://t.co/8V3JMMMfhb
Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times