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KRWG-FM 90.7 Continues Award Winning Tradition

KRWG-FM, the public radio affiliate at New Mexico State University, has won two first place and three second place awards in the New Mexico Associated Press 2000 annual competition, according to General Manager Colin Gromatzky.

ky also announced a clean sweep of awards in all six categories in the Southern New Mexico Press Club contest for best press coverage of news in 2000.

The New Mexico Associated Press contest is highly competitive, putting KRWG-FM entries against other university public radio stations and commercial stations in Albuquerque and Gallup, Gromatzky said.

Bob Mitchell, news director at KRWG took first place in the public service division with his story on legislative candidates. David Brower, former music director with KRWG, and now at WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, NC, won first in the feature news division with his story on basketball in the barrio; he also placed second in the general news division with a story on non-English speaking jurors. News reporter and NMSU student Lillian Kelly placed second in the feature news division with a story on the Rio Grande Theater. Morning Edition host and Images producer Carrie Hamblen and announcer/producer Jerry Smith took the public service second place award for their story on migrant workers.

The Southern New Mexico Press Club awarded KRWG-FM 90.7 three Awards of Excellence and three Awards of Merit at their annual Awards Banquet on April 29. News director Bob Mitchell received a total of three awards: Excellence in News Reporting for "Four Dead in Ohio: Kent State Shootings 30 years later," Excellence in A Series or Documentary for "Legislative Candidates - Insights," and an Award of Merit in News Reporting for "Voting Stay Request." In the interview or talk show category, Carrie Hamblen received an Award of Excellence for her program "Images with Kay Oden." The duo of producers, Jerry Smith and Carrie Hamblen, also received Awards of Merit for two separate "Vision" programs: "Race Issues" and "Migrant Workers." "Vision" is KRWG's locally produced program on Hispanic public affairs heard on alternate Fridays at 5:30 p.m.

KRWG's award-winning staff of announcers, news people and producers took the Best of Show, two first place, three second place and two third place awards at last year's New Mexico Associated Press Awards. The New Mexico Broadcasters also awarded KRWG staff members two awards of Excellence last year for on-air news stories and programming in 1999.

KRWG-FM 90.7 is a listener-supported public service of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, serving southern New Mexico and western Texas.

KRWG-FM began broadcasting in 1964 and is a charter member of National Corporation for Public Broadcasting. KRWG-FM can be heard on the following frequencies in southern New Mexico, and west Texas: 90.7 in Las Cruces and El Paso, 93.5 FM in Deming, 91.3 FM in Silver City, 91.1 FM in Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences, and 89.5 FM in Alamogordo, reaching nearly 30,000 listeners a week, 24 hours a day since 1996.