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CRYSTAL RADIO AWARD PRESENTED TO KTAR-AM
VEGAS - KTAR-AM Phoenix 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.
KTAR-AM provided this description of its accomplishments in 2006:
"In KTAR's 84th year, the station transformed from Newsradio 620
KTAR-AM to News 92.3 KTAR-FM. While the station moved to a new frequency,
its long-standing commitment to local programming and involvement in the
community were as strong as ever. That commitment was evident when Phoenix
Police announced at least two serial killers were targeting local residents.
KTAR not only provided extensive coverage, including airing police town
hall meetings live, but also donated $50,000 of its own money toward the
capture of the killers. When the illegal immigration debate boiled over,
KTAR took action. The station joined forces with two Spanish-speaking
stations to air an historic two-hour commercial-free simulcast that the
Washington Post called 'community group therapy.' KTAR also produced English
and Spanish PSAs urging civil dialogue at the request of the Phoenix mayor.
And, when more than 125,000 people marched on city streets, KTAR provided
13 hours of continuous coverage from three live broadcast centers. KTAR
is proud to be a news/talk station built almost entirely on locally-produced
programming. In 2006, KTAR allocated $4.28 million worth of programming
to public affairs content. The station also sponsored 41 community events
and donated more than 3,300 hours of community service."
For more information on KTAR's accomplishments, contact Erik Hellum at
The NAB Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, featured a keynote address
by Brian Cooley, editor at large for CNET.com. During the luncheon, Rick
Dees, legendary radio personality, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting
Hall of Fame.
NAB2007 will take place April 14 - 19, 2007 in Las Vegas (exhibits open
April 16). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the
development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content
across all mediums. Complete NAB2007 details are available at www.nabshow.com.
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