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Aug. 19, 2011
Contact: Phil Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, 785-864-5016

KPR wins 13th Station of the Year award

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LAWRENCE — Kansas Public Radio stepped up a class and still was judged best radio station in Kansas.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, KPR was named Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in the Medium Market category. In previous years, KPR had competed – and won 12 times – in the Non-Commercial Station category. This year, that category was eliminated, and KPR competed against all Medium Market commercial stations in the state. KPR still won.

It's the 13th time KPR has won the top annual prize from the KAB since the award's inception in 1996. That makes 13 times in 16 years. The actual award will be presented to KPR at the KAB’s annual convention in October, which is being held in Lawrence.

In addition, the late Dr. Jim Seaver, longtime host of Opera is My Hobby, will be inducted into this year's class of the KAB's Hall of Fame.

“I think the station award and individual honors show KPR’s excellence across all shows,” said J. Schafer, KPR News Director. “Our news and programming staff, our engineers, our website programmers and our guest commentators were all honored. This shows what a true station effort we put forth every day.”

The station received 10 individual awards in a variety of news and programming categories.

Public Service Announcement
Honorable Mention: "National Day of Listening," Kaye McIntyre, KPR Presents

Station Promotion Announcement
2nd Place: “The Korean War,” Kaye McIntyre, KPR Presents

Public Affairs Program
Honorable Mention: “Kansas Notables,” Kaye McIntyre, KPR Presents

Complete Newscast
Honorable Mention: Morning Edition news with J. Schafer

Complete News Feature/Enterprise Coverage
1st Place: KU's New & Improved Fight Song Unveiled, Recorded at KPR, J. Schafer and Jason Slote
Honorable Mention: "Arts Commission Cut Puts Governor, Arts Supporters at Odds,” Stephen Koranda

DJ/Personality Aircheck
Honorable Mention: Darrell Brogdon, The Retro Cocktail Hour

Editorial/Commentary
2nd Place: "Silo Memories and Reflections on the Cold War,” Rex Buchanan
Honorable Mention: "Thanksgiving: A Time to Gather Leaves," Cheryl Unruh

Station Website
Honorable Mention: Webmaster Amy Carlson and the KPR Staff

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 at kpr.ku.edu. 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.

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