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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 16, 2013

KXCV-KRNW staff members claim top broadcasting awards

By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant

One staff member and two student employees of KXCV-KRNW, the award-winning National Public Radio affiliate at Northwest Missouri State University, are winners of 2013 Missouri Broadcast Awards, presented last month during the Missouri Broadcasters Association Annual Convention.

Northwest students Anthony Liggett and Bryce Johnston won first place in the news documentary and public affairs category for their behind-the-scenes look at how Second Harvest Community Food Bank operates. Liggett’s and Johnston’s reporting captured a topic that has a direct impact on the community and included interviews with staff members at the Second Harvest Food Bank.

“It’s an outstanding honor for our students to win a Missouri Broadcast Association award against professional commercial and public radio stations from across the state,” KXCV-KRNW Station Manager Rodney Harris said. “It shows the hard work that these students have achieved in the classroom and in the studio.”

Liggett, a junior broadcasting production major from Blue Springs, recently completed his first year with KXCV. He also is involved with Northwest’s student-run television station KNWT, The Northwest Missourian student newspaper and is co-producer of campus radio station KZLX.

“Some schools require you to be at least a junior before you can even get close to touching production equipment or be on air,” Liggett said. “At Northwest, you can do this and more as early as your freshman year.”

Johnston, of Clarence, graduated from Northwest in May with a degree in broadcasting. He is employed at Yahoo! in Omaha, Neb., as an associate account manager and reports analyst. Johnston said his time at KXCV helped him build numerous professional skills.

“My experience at KXCV taught me how to manage time and allowed me to talk with people from all walks of life while conducting interviews for stories – skills I use when meeting with clients either in person or over the phone,” Johnston said. “It's all about being a professional and representing yourself and your workplace correctly, and I learned how to do that at KXCV.”

KXCV News Director John Coffey also was awarded first place in sports reporting for his coverage of local Gallatin golfer Brice Garnett’s participation in the 2012 U. S. Open Championship. Coffey, who joined KXCV in 1999, has earned multiple broadcasting awards throughout his 28-year career in radio.

“To be recognized as a winner of such prestigious statewide awards is very gratifying but more importantly rewards the hard working professional and student broadcasters that we have on staff at KXCV-KRNW,” Harris said.

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 its programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. All programming emanates from KXCV on the Northwest campus 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.

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