WASHINGTON, DC - Joy99.7 FM and the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) will receive NAB's 2006 International Broadcasting Excellence Awards at the International Reception at NAB2006 in Las Vegas on Monday, April 24.
The awards, established in 1995, recognize international broadcasters for exceptional leadership in bettering the lives of their communities and for significant contributions to the advancement of broadcasting through effective utilization of resources.
Joy99.7 FM was the first private commercial station in Ghana. Since 1995, the station has put help for children at the heart of its charity, the Joy Needy Fund. The fund acquired four acres of land and constructed the Orphanage at Frafraha, which cares for 120 children. Joy99.7's charity also provides clothing, food and necessities to other orphanages and funds a home for mentally challenged children.
Joy Needy Fund screens children who have left school because of financial difficulty and sponsors their return to education. The station's fund annually feeds more than 35,000 people through its Easter Soup Kitchen, which has evolved into an event also providing basic medical care. Joy99.7 FM has raised awareness of and raised thousands of dollars for children requiring major surgery and suffering from HIV AIDS, sexual abuse and hunger. The JoyNews Team was the first to monitor and report on general and parliamentary elections in Ghana.
The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a leader in innovative audience services, is now the first broadcaster in the world to provide Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB), a new form of mobile broadcasting. Launched December 1, 2005, T-DMB provides television, radio and data services on mobile devices such as phone, PDA, digital camera and automobile receivers. Users can access weather, traffic, real time news and entertainment.
KBS operates two free-to-air DMB channels, using content from the existing television, audio and data channels. KBS provides four channels via DMB, including national news, youth and family programming, music and news, and a channel dedicated to public service information.
NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.