Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) staff and students took home a total of 13 awards in the 2021 Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) Impact Broadcast Awards. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism for the calendar year of 2020.
The awards were announced for both professional and college entries.
The Impact Broadcast Awards competition is designed to recognize KBA members and staffers for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. The competition is open to all KBA 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 2020.
The KBA 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 2020.
Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) earned a total of 13 awards in the professional and college divisions including three first place finishes.
“The members of the news team have worked hard in an unprecedented year. Even with restrictions and mandates changing rapidly, the team worked to keep our listeners informed. We also had opportunities to assist our communities in new and exciting ways. I am very proud of the hard work our team put in this year, and look forward to expanding our impact in the years to come.” said Leeann Akers, MSPR News Director.
Radio College Division:
1st Place – Best Newscast, Kennealy Roberts and Sarah Meade ("Mountain Edition News")
1st Place – Best Website, Morehead State University (“wmky.org”)
2nd Place – Best Radio Reporter, Sarah Meade
3rd Place – Best Radio Reporter, Kennealy Roberts
3rd Place – Best Feature Story, Kennealy Roberts ("The Ritual of Food in Appalachia")
3rd Place – Best Sports Coverage, Johnathan Burton ("Rush Off-Road")
3rd Place – Best News Story, Michael Green ("Kentucky Court System Pandemic Changes")
Radio Professional Division:
1st Place – Best Long Newscast, Leeann Akers ("Mountain Edition News")
2nd Place – Overall Excellence, WMKY
2nd Place – Best Short Newscast, Tanner Boyd ("WMKY News")
2nd Place – Best Sports Reporting, Leeann Akers and Tanner Boyd ("WMKY Sports")
2nd Place – Best Investigative Reporting, Tanner Boyd ("Church Sex Scandal")
3rd Place – Best Digital Coverage, Leeann Akers, Tanner Boyd and Kennealy Roberts
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.