CRYSTAL RADIO AWARD PRESENTED TO KNOM-AM
VEGAS -- KNOM-AM Nome, AK today was awarded the National Association of
Broadcasters' Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards
have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment
to community service.
provided this description of its accomplishments in 2011:
40+ years, KNOM has battled blizzards, 70 below temperatures, gale force
winds and fuel shortages to bring community service programming to isolated
listeners throughout 100,000 square miles of remote Western Alaska. Nearly
80% listen to KNOM throughout a signal area roughly the size of Colorado.
KNOM listeners are so isolated, that only a snowmobile, dog team, or expensive
airplane flights can reach a city. Along with over 36,000 PSAs per year
of free airtime, KNOM airs critical on-air community service programs,
like "Sounding Board" and "Elder Voices." KNOM news
staff members travel hundreds of miles by plane to outlying villages,
reporting on communities and personal stories of hardship and celebration.
KNOM serves one of the poorest areas in the United States, severely limiting
fundraising. However, KNOM's Cancer Awareness Garage Sale strategy garnered
2011 "Relay for Life" Gold status. With limited resources, KNOM
appealed for food, clothing and volunteers to help those in need. 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."
For more information on KNOM-AM's accomplishments, contact Ric Schmidt at email@example.com.
NAB Show Radio Luncheon also featured a presentation of the NAB Crystal
Heritage Award to KUZZ-FM
Bakersfield, CA and a keynote address from entertainer Donny
Osmond. Major League Baseball radio broadcaster Bob
Uecker was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The luncheon
was sponsored by ASCAP.
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