MSPR earns 13 Kentucky Associated Press Awards

Apr 15, 2019

Pictured from left: Nacogdoches Miller, Tildon Johnson, Jacob Lindberg, Chas Jenkins, Leeann Akers, Bryan Courtney and Logan Pemberton.
Credit MSPR

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) staff and students took home a total of 13 awards at the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters (KAPB) competition held Saturday, April 13, in Lexington. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism in 2018.

The awards were announced for both professional and college entries.

The KAPB awards competition is designed to recognize Kentucky AP members and staffers for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. The competition is open to all AP members in Kentucky and outside Kentucky with designated market areas that extend into Kentucky. To be eligible to enter, entries must be about news, features or sports that occurred solely in Kentucky. Entries must have been broadcast in calendar year 2018.

The KAPB college competition is designed to recognize Kentucky student broadcasters for outstanding performance in college broadcast journalism. The contest is open to any college in Kentucky. Entries must have been broadcast in calendar year 2018.

The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) earned a total of 13 awards in the professional and college divisions including five first place finishes.

“It is always humbling to be recognized by other professional journalists at the Kentucky Associated Press Awards,” said Leeann Akers, MSPR News Director. “Because every day is starting over, sometimes we forget just how many stories we produce in the course of a year.  I'm honored to receive six awards this year, but the news team is already thinking about what we need to do to make WMKY even more successful in the future.”

Radio College Division:

1st Place – Newscast, Jacob Lindberg, Peyton Stewart and Logan Pemberton ("Mountain Edition News")

1st Place – Feature Story, Chas Jenkins ("Chuck Mraz Retirement")

2nd Place – News Story, Jacob Lindberg ("Animal Abuse Charges in Elliott County")

2nd Place – Feature Story, Julianna Leach ("Sardis Church Rebuilt")

2nd Place – Sports Coverage, Tildon Johnson ("WMKY Sports")

2nd Place – Newscast, Logan Pemberton

2nd Place – Radio Reporter, Jacob Lindberg

Radio Professional Division:

1st Place - Long Newscast, Leeann Akers and Logan Pemberton ("Mountain Edition News")

1st Place - Short Light News Feature, Leeann Akers ("The Smokey Valley Horse")

1st Place - Short Public Affairs, Leeann Akers ("New Grants Will Assist the Drug Epidemic")

2nd Place - Sports Reporting, Leeann Akers ("Mountain Edition Sports with Leeann Akers")

2nd Place - Sports Feature/Special, Leeann Akers ("Rowan County Boys’ Basketball Team 2018-19 Season Preview")

2nd Place - Use of Sound, Leeann Akers and John Flavell ("Kentucky Center for Traditional Music")

Serving more than 20 counties throughout eastern Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) broadcasts at 90.3FM from the MSU campus.