LAWRENCE — Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2018 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. It’s the 17th time KPR has earned the KAB’s top honor. The award, announced Aug. 8, was first presented by the KAB in 1996. KPR has won the award more than any other radio or TV station in the state. KPR won a number of individual awards, which helped the station capture the overall Station of the Year award. The individual awards include 5 first-place awards, 3 second-place awards and one honorable mention.
HARD NEWS FEATURE
First: “Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ready for new job tackling threats to religious freedom,” by Stephen Koranda
Second: “Poultry plant controversy changing a Kansas town’s politics,” by Stephen Koranda
First: “KU aerospace engineering students dominate international design competition,” by J. Schafer
First: “The day the Wienermobile came to town... and stopped by Kansas Public Radio,” by J. Schafer
Honorable Mention: “‘Free State, Free Spirits’ exhibit celebrates 1960s Lawrence,” by Kaye McIntyre
Second: “K-State football fans anxious as Coach Snyder considers future,” by Greg Echlin (J. Schafer, editor)
DJ PERSONALITY / AIRCHECK
First: The Retro Cocktail Hour - Strange Music from the 1950s & ‘60s with Darrell Brogdon
EDITORIAL / COMMENTARY / ESSAY
Second: “Remembering Vietnam, New PBS Documentary Airs This Month,” by David Teska (J. Schafer, editor)
First: kansaspublicradio.org, by Danny “Webmaster” Mantyla and the KPR staff
“While awards are just one measurement of success, it is particularly gratifying to have your work recognized by your peers in the industry, in this case, out-of-state judges,” KPR News Director J. Schafer said. “Hopefully, this kind of recognition will translate into more listeners and more KPR members.”
The KAB will hand out the awards in October at its annual convention. This year’s KAB convention will take place in Wichita.
KPR is licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 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 at kansaspublicradio.org and on the KPR app. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver, on the KPR app or on KPR’s website.