KCCU wins Edward R. Murrow Awards for news reporting

KCCU-FM, Cameron's University radio station, won three Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. KCCU took home awards for Radio Feature Reporting, Radio Hard News Feature and Radio Best Use of Sound, signifying the best radio stories in Oklahoma and Texas for small market radio stations. KCCU was the only Oklahoma radio station to win the prestigious awards.

"Cameron University's public radio station is proud to accept these prized radio journalism awards on behalf of the KCCU listening family," says Ted Riley, General Manager. "The financial commitment of KCCU members makes earning these awards possible."

KCCU News Director David Meyer produced the winning entries. "The Edward R. Murrow Award is the highest honor for electronic journalism, much like the Emmy Awards are for television," he says. "I feel these stories were honored because they display the true roots of the communities in action - stories which let our listeners know that we are there for them. Receiving these awards is a great compliment for Cameron University and a highlight of our celebration of 20 years of broadcasting excellence at KCCU."

"A Community Recovers" was honored in the category of Hard News Feature. After straight-line winds of 80mph blew through Altus in June 2008, Meyer provided on-site coverage of the damage, interviewing city officials and citizens affected by the storm. 

The award for Feature Reporting honors "Oklahomans Remember 9/11," a moving narrative that featured reflections from Oklahomans about where they were and how they reacted to the events of September 11, 2001 and their thoughts on how those events affect the country today. 

"Ham It Up!" won the award for Best Use of Sound. For this feature, Meyer covered a 24-hour gathering of ham radio operators, who convened to test their equipment to ensure full operation during an actual emergency. The story featured representatives of Comanche County Emergency Management, various amateur radio operators, and the leaders of the event in Lawton.

An affiliate of National Public Radio, KCCU is a listener-supported radio station licensed to Cameron University that broadcasts throughout western Oklahoma and north Texas. Area coverage includes Lawton/Ft. Sill (89.3 and 102.9), Ardmore (90.3), Duncan (89.3), Altus (90.1), Weatherford/Clinton/Elk City (89.1), Chickasha (100.1), Woodward (95.9) and Wichita Falls, TX (88.7).

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July 10, 2009
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