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KGOU Wins Top Radio Award from Associated Press Broadcasters Association

NORMAN – KGOU-FM has won the radio sweepstakes award from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association for the sixth time in the past seven years. The honor is given for most awards won in the AOAPB’s annual journalism contest.

In addition to the sweepstakes award, KGOU won four first-place plaques and three second-place honors at the AOAPB’s awards ceremony July 15 for reports broadcast during the 2016 calendar year.

For its work in 2016, KGOU captured 21 journalism awards, including state, regional and national honors for ‘Oklahoma Engaged,’ a collaborative project with KGOU, KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma to examine political issues before the November general election.

Oklahoma Engaged also won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for innovation from the Radio Television Digital News Association and national awards for multimedia and long-form documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. The project was funded through a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

Oklahoma Engaged featured stories on potential voters in south Oklahoma City, videos explaining three of the seven state questions on the ballot, and a Tumblr page online. Oklahoma Engaged also included a live one-hour radio documentary on State Question 777, the “right to farm” amendment, produced by StateImpact Oklahoma reporters.

In April, KGOU won 10 awards from the Oklahoma professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, with first-place honors in election reporting, investigative and enterprise reporting, spot news, diversity coverage, special program and feature categories. StateImpact Oklahoma won six awards, taking top honors in general news and government reporting categories.

In February, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters announced its annual award winners; KGOU won the feature category with an in-depth exploration of rattlesnake hunts held in the state.

A list of awards is available at http://kgou.org/awards.

KGOU is a department of the University of Oklahoma Outreach and an NPR Member Station, broadcasting at 106.3 FM in Norman, 105.7 FM in Oklahoma County, 88.1 FM in Woodward, 91.9 FM and 97.9 FM in Ada, 103.1 FM in Seminole, 105.1 FM in Shawnee and 106.9 FM in Chickasha. KGOU also offers live audio streaming and digital content at http://www.kgou.org. As a public service media station, KGOU receives voluntary donations from listeners and businesses.

StateImpact Oklahoma is a project of the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a consortium of public radio stations including KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU. Digital and broadcast content are available at http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma.

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