April 17, 2007

Kristopher Jones


LAS 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 During the luncheon, Rick Dees, legendary radio personality, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

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