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Sept. 15, 2006
Contact: Janet Campbell, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-4603.

Broadcasters association names Kansas Public Radio ‘Station of the Year’

LAWRENCE — For Kansas Public Radio, the eighth time is the charm.

KPR, based at the University of Kansas, was named “Station of the Year” in the noncommercial category by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for the eighth time since 1996.

KPR received seven first-place awards, eight second-place awards and four third-place awards, and swept four complete categories. Awards will be presented during the association’s annual convention Oct. 23 at Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino in Mayetta.

“This is a great compliment to our staff,” said Janet Campbell, general manager of KPR. “People in every department work hard every day to make this a great radio station. I think listeners hear that quality every day and now the contest judges have heard it, too.”

The awards won by KPR:

Public service announcement
Second place: “Adopt an Older Pet,” voiced by Art Hadley and produced by Laura Lorson
Station promotion announcement
Second place: A Prairie Home Companion, produced by Darrell Brogdon
Public affairs program
First place: “Addicted to Gambling,” reported by Bryan Thompson, edited by J. Schafer, Joe DiNitto and Laura Lorson
Second place: “Gardner’s Future — Not So Clear?” reported by Bryan Thompson, edited by J. Schafer, Joe DiNitto and Laura Lorson
Third place: “Medically Assisted Feeding,” reported by Bryan Thompson, edited by J. Schafer, Joe DiNitto and Laura Lorson
Complete newscast
First place: All Things Considered, reported by Laura Lorson
Second place: Morning Edition, reported by J. Schafer
Complete news feature
First place: “Max Falkenstien Retires,” reported by Greg Echlin
Complete sports feature
First place: “Living The NASCAR Dream,” reported by Greg Echlin
Second place: “Kansas Women’s Basketball Renaissance,” reported by Greg Echlin
Third place: “Baseball — Crossing the Color Lines,” reported by Greg Echlin
Single topic event news coverage
First place: “Fatal Lawrence Apartment Fire,” reported by Joseph DiNitto
Second place: “Ethanol Prices Spike With Gasoline,” reported by Peter Hancock
Third place: “Small Town Hears Evolution Debate,” reported by Peter Hancock
In-depth news reporting in a series
First place: Kansas Health — A Prescription For Change, reported by Bryan Thompson, edited by J. Schafer, Joe DiNitto and Laura Lorson
DJ personality aircheck
Second place: A Night On The Town, hosted by George Harter, produced by Chubby Smith
First place: “Rock and Roll Dad,” commentary by Joel Mathis
Second place: “Respecting the Weather,” commentary by Laura Lorson
Third place: “Domestic Violence,” commentary by Bob Stephan

“This gives our staff a lot to live up to, so that we can retain this award next year,” said Campbell.

KPR broadcasts on KANU 91.5 FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7 FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9 FM in Atchison. KPR also can be heard on the Web.


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