April 21, 2016
KDNK Wins Regional Murrow Award for “Best Newscast”
Carbondale, Colorado- KDNK News has won a regional award for the KDNK Local Newscast. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards “recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.” KDNK won out in the Region 3 Category for Small Market Radio and competed against stations in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The “Murrow Awards” are named for iconic radio and television Journalist Edward R. Murrow.
The winning entry from September 29th, 2015 features all three voices of the KDNK News Team- Anchor Steve Cole, Reporter Amy Hadden Marsh and News Director January Jones. Jones says this newscast is a great example of what KDNK does best. “The newscast is a well-rounded look at what we prioritize at KDNK which is engaging people on issues in the public sphere by connecting people to their government.” It covers local government happenings from KDNK’s listening area and features a sound-rich and moving story about the BLM’s roundup of the West Douglas mustangs in northwestern Colorado.
KDNK News Director January Jones spotted the news of the roundup and assigned reporter Amy Hadden Marsh cover it. “It’s hard in a newsroom of two people to get out of the office for feature reporting but I knew Amy’s story would reflect the passions and tensions of the western wilderness. She spent about a week in the field and we spent another week producing it. I’m grateful to have the support from our KDNK family that lets us do this kind of in-depth radio journalism when we see opportunities.”
Marsh says few Coloradans know of the West Douglas mustangs whose presence dates back hundreds of years. She “wanted to amplify the difficulty of managing wild horses on public lands at a time when oil and gas extraction, livestock grazing, and recreational use threaten the mustangs’ free-roaming nature. The story of the nation’s wild horses is the story of the American West and with this round-up, a small piece of that history has disappeared.”
KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner started the news program in 2006. He says "This reflects our serious commitment to community service. I knew the team was doing well. Now we know just how well we are doing. I am proud of the news team and excited about the future.” KDNK runs local news in the mornings between 5 am and 8 am and from 5 pm to 6 pm weekdays. Archived daily newscasts and stories are available at kdnk.org. The KDNK Local Newscast entry will now automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition.
This is the second award the September 29th, 2015 KDNK Local Newscast has won. In March, KDNK was recognized with “Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast, Medium Market” from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
Contact: Steve Skinner, KDNK General Manager; 970-963-0139; firstname.lastname@example.org