April 17, 2007

Kristopher Jones


LAS VEGAS - KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN 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.

NAB selected 10 winners from a pool of 50 finalists. Recipients were recognized at today's NAB Radio Luncheon during NAB2007.

KBHP-FM provided this description of its accomplishments in 2006:

"Bemidji is home to legendary folk hero Paul Bunyan and Babe, his Blue Ox, the 2006 U.S. Men's Olympic Curling Team (Bronze Medal winners), and KBHP-FM. Bemidji is located in Northwestern Minnesota, 120 miles from Canada and 250 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Like the mighty lumberjack and the awesome curlers, KBHP's 100,000-watt signal sweeps across the area, responding to listeners' needs by raising $693,000 in 2006 for community organizations, collecting 15,700 pounds of food and 2,000 winter clothing items for needy families. KBHP's weekday 20-minute public affairs program Chat-About enriched listeners' lives by examining issues of local concern and featured 230 guests representing 169 organizations. Loggers and curlers alike relied on KBHP for comprehensive weather reports and the best in local, state and national news. A 24- Hour Radiothon to End Child Abuse raised a record-setting $55,110 and provided a wealth of awareness and education on child abuse and neglect. KBHP is local radio, with a dedicated staff working together to be the best they can, personally and professionally, contributing 1,700 hours in volunteer efforts. KBHP: serving communities, embracing localism, playing a role in the lives of their listeners since 1972."

For more information on KBHP's accomplishments, contact Lou Buron at

The NAB Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, featured a keynote address by Brian Cooley, editor at large for During the luncheon, Rick Dees, legendary radio personality, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

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