LAWRENCE — Kansas Public Radio, based at the University of Kansas, has earned the Station of the Year award for a record 18th time from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB announced the award Aug. 12. The Station of the Year award was first presented in 1996. KPR won the prize that first year and has now earned the KAB's highest honor more than any other radio or TV station in the state.
In addition to the coveted top prize, the public radio station received 10 individual accolades, including five first place awards, two second place awards and three honorable mentions.
The individual honors were earned in news, commentary, sports, programming, station promotion and website categories. This year's individual awards for KPR:
PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM
First place: “Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War” by KPR's Kaye McIntyre
HARD NEWS FEATURE/ENTERPRISE
First place: “University cuts funding for radio service that reads to the blind” by KPR’s J. Schafer
First place: “Weekend Edition News with Kaye McIntyre”
Second place: “Morning Edition News with J. Schafer”
Honorable mention: “All things Considered with Laura Lorson”
First place: “Long-time Kansas sportscaster Tom Hedrick signs off for good" by Greg Echlin, edited by J. Schafer
First place: kansaspublicradio.org, Danny Mantyla, web developer and KPR staff
Honorable mention: “Tornado nips Lawrence, rolls through Linwood and finally lifts near Kansas City,” by J. Schafer, edited by Scott Canon
STATION PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT
Second place: “KPR Presents: A Christmas Carol” by KPR's Kaye McIntyre
EDITORIAL / COMMENTARY
Honorable mention: “Water woes in western Kansas may foreshadow future” by KPR commentator Rex Buchanan
While the KAB announced the winners earlier this month, the actual awards will be handed out during the KAB's annual convention. This year's convention will take place Oct. 20-22 in Lawrence.
KPR, 18-time winner of the KAB's Station of the Year award, is licensed to KU. KPR 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 also be heard online at KansasPublicRadio.org. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.
Right photo: KPR's Kaye McIntyre, J. Schafer and Laura Lorson.