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Tue March 20, 2012

WKAR Wins Public Television Station of the Year Award

March 20, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WKAR Wins Public Television Station of the Year Award

(East Lansing, MI) WKAR-TV and Radio took home a collection of awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, including that of Public Television Station of the Year. Awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcast Conference during the Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony March 14, in Lansing.

The Station of the Year award is based on the collective number of awards won and a narrative that includes off-air accomplishments. Special attention is given for community involvement.

WKAR-TV winning entries were:

Merrily Caroling: A BackStage Pass Christmas
Two Merit awards in the categories of Cultural and Performing Arts and Cultural and Arts, Tim Zeko

QBJr.
Merit Award, Children’s Programming, Mike Mihalus

Beneath The Pines
Merit Award, Independent Producer category, Jon Whiting

What Your Dollar Does: Radio Reading Service
Best Award, Membership Appeal category, Kevin Lavery

What Your Dollar Does: Ready To Learn
Merit Award, Membership Appeal category, Kevin Lavery

Grow Up Great Science Videos
Best Award, Community Involvement category, Joe Barnhart

The Kings of Flint
Best Award, Documentary category, Troy Hale, Geri Zeldes

In addition, 90.5 WKAR Radio producer Mark Bashore was honored with a Merit award for his piece “Patriots and Passion: Libyans in East Lansing.”

College of Communication Arts & Sciences students were also recognized in two categories. Emily Fox received an Honorable Mention in the News Feature Category and the series Focal Point was recognized with a Honorable Mention in the Newscast category. (Katie Masters, Lindsey Gordon and Amber McDonald.)

"The Station of the Year award is a distinct honor that reflects the collective efforts of our professional staff, and the talented faculty from the College." said Gary Reid, Acting Director of Broadcasting.  "We are committed to excellence in community involvement and public service, and this award signifies both the importance and value of that mission."

WKAR is part of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts & Sciences and includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, WKAR Ready To Learn, WKAR Radio Reading Service and Interactive Video Services.

Contact: Jeanie Croope / (517) 353-5982
jeanie@wkar.org

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