KCCU wins awards from three media organizations

KCCU, Cameron University’s public radio station, has been honored with numerous state and regional awards for work completed in 2012 by news director Clinton Wieden and reporter Mitch Watson.

During the recent Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards ceremony, KCCU earned seven first-place awards in the Region 6, Radio-Small Market division. According to RTDNA, Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Since 2009, KCCU has won 26 regional Murrow awards in the Radio-Small Market division. KCCU’s winning entries in the regional RTDNA awards are now entered into the national competition.

Wieden’s “City Council Approves 2nd Street Funding,” a story about the Lawton City Council’s approval of a key funding measure for the 2nd Street development project, was honored as the top story in Reporting-Hard News. The same topic also earned top honors in the Continuing Coverage category.

He was also honored for “Clearing the Books,” the first place winner in News Documentary.  The documentary covered the auction of most of the stock of Booked Up, Larry McMurtry’s bookstore in Archer City, Texas. Interviews were conducted over six months, focusing on the auction and its effects on the community.

Watson’s “The Daughter of Dawn,” a feature story about the showing of a silent film recently restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society that features tribes of southwest Oklahoma, topped the field in Feature Reporting.

Watson was honored in the News Series category for “The Two-Wheelin’ Reporter,” a series about affordable travel destinations within the KCCU broadcast area, including Route 66, the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Quartz Mountain Resort and other destinations. He also garnered a first place award for writing, based on samples from the series.

He also picked up a first place award for Use of Sound for “Kemp Center Adds New Sculptures,” a feature story on the changing of sculptures in the garden at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls.

Wieden’s “Clearing the Books” was also honored with first place in the Special Program category by the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and with the first place in the documentary category by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards.

The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters also honored Watson’s “Kemp Center Adds New Sculptures” with a second place award in the Feature (Light) category.

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.

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April 24, 2013

PR#13-090