KCCU honored for news excellence with Oklahoma AP Broadcasters Awards

KCCU, Cameron University’s public radio station, earned the Sweepstakes Award for news excellence from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters News Awards, held earlier this month. KCCU claimed the Sweepstakes Award among all Oklahoma radio stations for general news excellence for stories which aired during the 2011 contest year. The station earned seven additional awards during the ceremony.

“When I came to Cameron, I promised university administration and our listeners that excellence would be the standard for KCCU News and community outreach, and that our news department would be second to none in Texoma,” says Ted Riley, General Manager.  “This Sweepstakes Award from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters is another positive step in that direction.” 

Mitch Watson, a communication major from Garden City, Kan., who graduated in May, claimed four awards: Best Reporter Portfolio (1st Place), Best Sports Reporting (1st Place), Best Use of Sound (2nd Place) and Best Feature Reporting (3rd Place). Watson’s first place finish in the Best Sports Reporting category was for a story on Lawton’s 580 Roller Girls Roller Derby team.

Riley earned third place in Best Use of Sound for a story he produced about the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus for KCCU’s “Travelin’ Texoma” series.

Former KCCU news director David Meyer was honored with Best Spot News Reporting (1st Place) and Best Sports Reporting (2nd Place).   Meyer earned the 1st place award in Best Spot News Reporting for a story he produced on the aftermath of the 2011 Chickasha tornado.

KCCU is a non-commercial educational station licensed to Cameron University in Lawton. The KCCU network includes radio stations in Ardmore, Altus, Chickasha, Clinton, Lawton, Woodward and Wichita Falls, Texas. In the past five years, the station has earned more than 70 state, regional and national journalism awards and several community service awards. 

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June 28, 2012

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