KYW/Philly, WKRQ/Cincinnati Among Crystal Radio Winners
April 17, 2012
The NAB named the 10 winners of its annual Crystal Radio Awards for community service during the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Show, taking place this week in Las Vegas. The luncheon was keynoted by Donny Osmond Show host Donny Osmond, and also featured the induction of baseball announcer Bob Uecker into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The Crystal Award winners, chosen from among 50 finalists:
CBS Radio's News/Talk KYW-AM/Philadelphia
Hubbard Radio's Top 40 WKRQ-FM/Cincinnati
Hubbard Radio's Classic Hits WREW-FM/Cincinnati
Hubbard Radio's Talk KTMY-FM/Minneapolis
Butte Broadcasting's Country KBOW-AM/Butte, MT
Fife Communications' Hot AC KCVM-FM/Cedar Rapids, IA
Bryan Broadcasting's Top 40 KNDE-FM/College Station, TX
KNOM Radio Mission's Religious KNOM-AM/Nome, AK
Emporia's Radio Stations Inc.'s AC KVOE-AM/Emporia, KS
Neuhoff's News/Talk WSOY-AM/Decatur, IL
Buck Owens Production Co.'s Country KUZZ-FM/Bakersfield became only the third station to be honored with the Crystal Heritage Award, presented to stations that have won five Crystal Radio Awards for their ongoing commitment to community service.
The stations provided descriptions of their community-service efforts to the NAB; WKRQ noted that it has raised $4.4 million for charities, and its Jeff & Jenn's morning show outreach included events for the Heart Association and a breast cancer fundraiser. Clustermate WREW cited its involvement in raising money for victims of the Missouri and Alabama tornadoes last year, and its Tour de Cure, raising $132,000 to fight diabetes.
KYW, meanwhile, noted that it celebrated 90 years on the air in 2011, and its programming includes community series like the Regional Affairs Council, Community Affairs Reporting, and Positively Philadelphia. KYW also offers a Newstudies Student Reporter program for local high school students.
KNOM-AM, meanwhile, pointed to its successful charity appeals in one of the nation's poorest communities, and said in its description of its 2011 activities, "KNOM staff donated over 8,000 hours to community outreach including radio community service, EMT/ambulance duties, food bank and e-waste collections and volunteering at a variety of community events. Overcoming violent weather and extreme conditions, KNOM is devoted to serving the people of Western Alaska."