NAB CRYSTAL RADIO AWARD PRESENTED TO WIZM-AM
VEGAS -- WIZM-AM La Crosse, WI 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.
winners were chosen from among 50
finalists. Recipients were recognized at today's NAB
provided this description of its accomplishments in 2007:
has served La Crosse, Wisconsin for 85 years. A NAB Crystal Radio Award
finalist in 2003 and 2006, the employee-owned station furthered its commitment
to improving our community in 2007, raising over $639,000 for charitable
organizations and airing $337,000 worth of PSAs to highlight their needs.
In 2007, record flooding claimed lives and property. WIZM spearheaded
a one-day fund-raising drive, collecting $395,256 to assist needy families.
For the 17th consecutive Christmas, WIZM delivered 2,000 poinsettias to
area shut-ins. WIZM employees demonstrated their compassion by again leading
all area media in United Way contributions. Each week, WIZM donates two
hours of air time to serve the area's largest minority population, broadcasting
news and information in the Hmong language. In-depth news is the hallmark
of WIZM, keeping the community informed 24 hours a day, airing news and
information of concern to our listeners. Our commitment to keeping the
area informed is evidenced by our five-person news department, one of
Wisconsin's largest. A three-hour public affairs program begins each morning
with in-depth news and newsmaker interviews. In 2007, WIZM earned two
statewide news awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and
aired one of the state's only daily radio editorials."
more information on WIZM's accomplishments, contact Dick Record at
Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, featured a keynote address by Robert
Pittman, MTV co-founder and former Co-COO of AOL Time Warner. During
the luncheon, Larry
Lujack, legendary Chicago radio personality, was inducted into the
NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame and
Philadelphia was given the NAB Crystal Heritage
Award for long-term commitment to community service.
the 2008 NAB Show