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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 27, 2011

KXCV-KRNW receives first place award for feature reporting

MARYVILLE, Mo.- KXCV-KRNW, 90.5 and 88.9 FM, based at Northwest Missouri State University, recently was awarded a first place award for broadcasting excellence by the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

KXCV-KNRW competed for the award, given in the feature reporting category, against other public and commercial radio stations located throughout the state. The radio station was recognized for its feature about Hopkins-based Houston PolyTank, which the station aired in February.

While J.L. Houston company in Hopkins has produced steel storage tanks for several decades, KXCV-KNRW's feature told how owner Ron Houston approached a businessman who was using Israeli technology and convinced him not to start new production in the St. Louis area, where he had locations scouted out, but bring it to the tiny northwest Missouri town of Hopkins, population 600.

The company's process uses polypropylene and polyethylene plastic beads, melts them and spreads them on a mold to build layers of plastic. The result is the first plant in the United States capable of creating unlimited sized tanks - breaking through all barriers that steel tanks were confined to and revolutionizing the American tank production industry. The feature noted good work force and a centralized location for transportation are two advantages workers at the newly-created Houston Polytank company.

Feature packages competing for the award included single or series of no more than three stories on a singular subject that spanned no longer than 15 minutes. Judging was based on the package's news value, execution and overall impact.

"Everyone at KXCV-KRNW is truly excited and honored to  win this statewide award," General Manager and Director of Broadcast Services Rodney Harris said. "We are proud of the economic opportunities that the J.L. Houston Company has brought to North Missouri, and the work of News Director Kirk Wayman and his student staff for this achievement. It shows the type of hands-on opportunities that exist for mass communication students at Northwest Missouri State University and the level of work that can be achieved."

Signing on the air in 1971, KXCV (90.5 FM) was the first full-power public radio service in Missouri. KXCV provides in-depth news and information with an alternative music format. In 1993, KRNW (88.9) went on the air in Chillicothe, extending programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. All programming emanates from KXCV on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Since its inception, KXCV has served as a training ground for Northwest students interested in broadcasting. The dual mission of serving listeners and training students remains foremost in the KXCV-KRNW mission.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468