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June 13, 2012
Two staff members of KXCV-KRNW, the award-winning National Public Radio affiliate based at Northwest Missouri State University, were winners of 2012 Missouri Broadcast Awards, presented June 2 during the Missouri Broadcasters Association Annual Convention.
John Coffey was awarded first place in the sports category for small market radio stations for his coverage of the death of Northwest football coach Scott Bostwick in June 2011. Coffey’s reporting captured the shock of the entire University community just hours after Bostwick’s tragic death and included interviews with Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Director of Athletics Wren Baker, assistant football coaches, and former head coach Mel Tjeerdsma.
In the news series category for small market radio stations, Kirk Wayman received a first-place award for his reporting of “Hunger in the Heartland: The Silent Crisis.” The in-depth, four-part series shed light on hunger issues affecting residents in the four-state region and aired initially on KXCV-KRNW in October.
“Everyone at KXCV-KRNW is thrilled with these two statewide Missouri Broadcast Awards,” Station Manager Rodney Harris said. “These awards validate the work of our entire staff. They also serve as examples of the quality, hands-on training mass media students at Northwest receive and as examples of the opportunities available to them.”
KXCV (90.5 FM) signed on the air in 1971 as the first full-power public radio service in Missouri. It 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. Last year, the station received a first-place award for broadcasting excellence from the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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