July 6, 2004

Contact: Darrell Brogdon, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-2248.

Kansas Public Radio comedy show wins Grand Award at New York Festivals

LAWRENCE -- "Right Between the Ears," the sketch comedy series produced by Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas, received the Grand Award for Best Entertainment Program at the New York Festivals 2004 International Radio Programming & Promotion Awards.

The Grand Awards were judged by members of the New York Festivals Distinguished Panel of Judges and Advisors at a special judging session Tuesday, June 22, in Manhattan. The award was presented at the Awards Gala at the popular Manhattan venue Crash Mansion on Friday, June 25. Details can be viewed on the New York Festivals Web site, http://www.newyorkfestivals.com.

Besides the Grand Award, "Right Between the Ears" also received two Gold World Medals in the 2004 competition -- Best Comedy Program and Best On-Air Personality/Humor. The series previously has received Gold Medals for Best Comedy Program, Best Writing and Best On-Air Personality/Humor, plus a Grand Award for Best Entertainment Program in 1993.

"Right Between the Ears" is produced by KPR's Darrell Brogdon, who also serves as principal writer. Cast members include David Greusel, John Jessup, Andi Meyer, Jim Moore, Kip Niven, Roberta Solomon, Rick Tamblyn and Teri Wilder. The comedy series recently closed out the 2003-04 season at Liberty Hall.

The New York Festivals oversees six international awards competitions: Film & Video; Television Programming and Promotions; Radio Programming and Promotions; Television and Radio Advertising; Design, Print & Outdoor Advertising; and Interactive Media. Entries to each of these competitions are judged in the United States and around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals now has representation in 62 countries.

Kansas Public Radio at KU includes KANU 91.5-FM in Lawrence; KANH 89.7-FM in Emporia; and KANV 91.3-FM in Olsburg-Junction City; and on the Web at kpr.ku.edu. The "Right Between the Ears" Web site is www.rightbetweentheears.org.

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