April 17, 2007

Kristopher Jones


LAS VEGAS - KOA-AM Denver 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.

KOA-AM provided this description of its accomplishments in 2006:

"For nearly 85 years, Newsradio 850 KOA has served the people of Colorado. When the Christmas blizzard of 2006 shut down the city of Denver and closed the airport, our staff worked around the clock to bring our listeners vital information. We are committed to mobilizing our staff and using our resources during local, national and international emergencies. During his trip to Iraq, news anchor Steffan Tubbs learned the troops needed soccer balls to win the trust of the children. Tubbs created 'The Soccer Ball Drive for Children of Iraq.' To date, we have collected 30,000 soccer balls. Talk show host Bob Newman created 'Operation Feed the Marines' after receiving an email from a Marine in Ramadi saying his Marines needed food to supplement their military chow. Newman rallied his listeners to send non-perishable food items to the troops. In 2006, the 850 KOA staff took over responsibility for managing the Never Forgotten Fund from the Galloway Group. The project involves sending scholarship information to Denver Metro high schools, organizing applications, assembling a selection committee to choose the recipients and hosting a dinner for the winners, their families and the families of the Columbine High School shooting victims."

For more information on KOA's accomplishments, contact Lee Larsen 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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