Friday, September 25, 2009

Albuquerque Radio Station Wins Top Marconi Award

770KKOB AM, the radio station where I work as a political reporter, and which began as a student run radio station in Las Cruces, picked up the top Marconi Award, which is similar to a TV Emmy, last night in Philadelphia, at a National Broadcasters Association Radio Show ceremony, hosted by Laura Ingraham.

770KKOB is being honored as "Legendary Station of the Year."

"The Legendary Station Marconi represents 87 years of KKOB's service not only to Albuquerque, but to the entire state of New Mexico," General Manager Milt McConnell said while accepting the award. "This recognizes that KKOB-AM is the ‘GO TO’ station when it comes to important news, information and public service to our community.”

KKOB was nominated, in July, along with four other radio stationsfrom around the country, including KQRS-FM in Minneapolis, WGY-AM in Albany, NY, WMJX-FM in Boston, and WSBT AM in South Bend.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio.

And, Legendary it is.

Over the years News Radio 770 KKOB has become one of the most honored ratio stations in the country. For it’s commitment to local, state and regional issues and interests KKOB has won two Marconi “Station of the Year” Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters. KKOB is one of only thirty-two stations nationwide to be honored more than once.

KKOB’s news and programming has earned countless other national and local awards in recognition of its contributions to the community.

Just last month, the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association honored News Director Pat Allen as Newscaster of the year. Craig Kennedy was honored for outstanding news coverage of a single-topic story, and the morning News Team, with Larry Moehlenbrink, Judith Jenkins, and Peter St. Cyr was recognized as the top newscast.

View the station's photo-illustrated history online.

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