November 06, 2007
Station Manager Bob Kern said KFMJ had actually been nominated in 15 categories.
"We're really pleased to have been awarded 5 Goldies," Kern said. "The competition was really keen and I'm very proud of the people who contributed their talent to earn these awards for KFMJ."
The Goldie awards are the Alaska version of the "Emmy" awards, recognizing excellence in radio and television broadcasting. The entries are judged by an independent panel of broadcast professionals from across the nation.
"We're especially pleased that the ABA has honored KFMJ Sportscaster Bob Norton, his broadcast partner Clark Slanaker and, of course, KayHi Lady Kings basketball player Laci Effenberger for bringing us the "Best Sports Story" award.
Kern said an audio clip of the broadcast was played at the ABA convention dinner. He said the ABA broke into cheers and applause as Norton and Slanaker told the radio audience about the action leading up to Effenberger's come-from-behind, game-winning 3-point basket in the final 2 seconds of the Clark Cochrane championship game last year.
One Juneau broadcaster said he got goose-bumps listening to the audio clip, Kern said.
KFMJ also received a "Service To Community" Goldie with the KayHi Sports and Activity Report. The weekly program features Host Julie Slanaker of KFMJ, along with Ketchikan High School correspondents. KayHi Senior Jordan Phillips, and former KayHi student Ryan Gray (who graduated last spring) were the students featured on the award-winning show. The program was produced by KFMJ's Stuart Whyte.
Another Goldie was awarded to KFMJ for "Best Public Service Announcement" for an anti-drug spot featuring School Board Member Carl Webb and Renee Schofield of Tongass Substance Screening. The spot was written and produced by Vicki Muzik.
The KFMJ News Department also received an award in the "Best Breaking News Story" category for coverage of Skeena River flooding in Prince Rupert, B.C. Station News Director Anita Hales and Reporter Stuart Whyte were honored.
In the "Best Radio Commercial - Series" category, KFMJ won a Goldie for a series of commercials for Ketchikan's Cape Fox Lodge. The commercials featured Cape Fox Chef Tim Frank, along with voice talent Julie Slanaker, Rita Flagg Carro, Anita Hales, Landon Morgan, Aliyah Pipal. Stuart Whyte, voice talent and producer.
The five Goldies won this year brings the total to seventeen KFMJ has won over the 11 years the station has been on the air. In past years, KFMJ morning show personality Bob Kern has been named to the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, and KFMJ Sales Manager Julie Slanaker has been selected as ABA Employee of the Year.
KFMJ is Ketchikan's only locally-owned commercial radio station. The station is owned and operated by TLP Communications, Inc., of Ketchikan.
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