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KRWG television and radio are big winners

KRWG-TV and KRWG-FM, the public television and radio stations at New Mexico State University, came away from the New Mexico Associated Press contest and the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media Association contest in March as winners.

KRWG-TV's Ray Telles, an NMSU senior, received the award for Broadcaster of the Year and Winner of Live Competition in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Media contest. Senior Justin Hunt won first place for Feature News and senior Naomi Levario won second place for News Promotion.

The association consists of universities in the Rocky Mountain region that teach journalism.

KRWG-TV competed in Division II of the New Mexico AP contest, with other television stations that have fewer than 20 newspeople. Gary Worth, director of news and public affairs, received a first-place award for his documentary, "Rio Grande: How Clean is Our River?" Hunt received a first-place award for News Feature; Ed Carnathan, who graduated in December, took first place for Sports Feature and Telles placed second in Sportscast.

"This was very good for us because we're basically a student organization and students don't have the amount of time to put into their projects that full-time professionals do," Worth said.

KRWG-FM also brought home awards from the NMAP contest. David Brower, music director at the radio station, received three awards in the Radio Division I category, which includes stations with two or more full-time newspeople.

Brower also received an Award of Special Merit in Documentary for his three-part series on the 1998 Border Book Festival. He placed second in the General News category for his coverage of the new Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art and Culture and received a third-place award for his Feature News piece on singer/songwriter Anna Egge, which aired on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in August 1998.

The New Mexico Associated Press provides wire service to news organizations in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. To win an AP award is prestigious, said Colin Gromatzky, general manager of KRWG Radio. "That is an example of what David does on a regular basis for us."

Kim Krogh