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2010.08.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

KVNO Receives Three Nebraska Broadcasters Awards

Omaha - The Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) presented KVNO 90.7 FM with three 2010 Awards of Excellence at its ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 12 in Lincoln. This is the second consecutive year that KVNO programming and producers have been recognized by industry peers for broadcasting excellence.

“I am happy we have been considered for these awards by the Nebraska Broadcasters Association,” said Robert Franklin, director of UNO Television and KVNO Radio Media Operations. “Our staff, comprised of both professionals and students, strives to produce quality musical programming and compelling news and public affairs for our diverse listening audience.”

Franklin garnered a gold (first place) Best Public Service Program award as producer on the radio documentary “Homeless in Nebraska.” Marty Riemenschneider, NBA president and executive director, described this program as “compelling and well done!”

Other awards included a bronze (third place) Best In-Depth News award for “Graffiti Debate” produced by KVNO News Director Robyn Wisch, and a silver (second place) Best Play-by-Play award for the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) vs. Washburn University Men’s Basketball game, announced by David Gustafson of UNO Athletics and executive produced by KVNO.

Franklin added: "It’s great to be recognized by industry peers as being the best. I’m very proud of our very talented staff and students for receiving these awards. It demonstrates our ability to produce award winning, compelling, informative and entertaining programming."

"These awards exemplify the commitment of our faculty and staff to growing our audiences, to maximizing the value of our services through communication technologies and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting," said Dr. Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). "The educational experiences that students in our communication programs receive are greatly enhanced by opportunities to learn from and work side-by-side with award-winning media professionals."

As a facet of their public service missions, CFAM’s media unit, UNO Television and KVNO Radio, provide unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment. Increasingly, emerging digital technologies form an important component in addressing and educating audiences on the issues facing the local community and the world.

More information about the CFAM media unit is available at www.unomaha.edu/cfam.

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