KCUR receives awards from local group

Louis Trigg

KCUR 89.3 FM has established itself as a high quality production system in recent years, becoming a mainstay in award ceremonies of regional press organizations.

Last week, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists awarded seven reporters of KCUR for first-rate productions, marking the third time in three years the radio station has been honored by the organization for the work of its reporters.

Dr. Susan B. Wilson, Walt Bodine, Sylvia Maria Gross, Alex Smith, Monroe Dodd, Andrea Silenzi and Elana Gordon were announced as recipients of 2011 Kansas City Association of Black Journalists Awards.

The announcement comes after KCUR swept awards from several other organizations earlier this year, including the Kansas City Press Club, the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and an award by The Pitch where it was announced as Readers’ Choice: Best Talk Radio Station.

Elana Gordon was awarded in the Spot News category for her production, “First Lady Michelle Obama Tells NAACP Convention to ‘Get Up’.” Gordon also won in the News Feature category for “Film Explores History of Segregated Medicine in Kansas City.”

Gordon is particular favorite of the local association. She also won last year in the Radio News category for two pieces, including one about the struggle of asthma among residents in urban areas.

Moreover, Dr. Susan B. Wilson, Sylvia Maria Gross and Alex Smith won in the News Magazine category for their KC Currents broadcasts, consisting of “Generation Rap’s Granddad Steps Down,” “African American Mothers Meet in Johnson County,” “Country Club Plaza is a Destination for Local Teenagers” and “Pianist Harold O’Neal: Translating Martial Arts into Jazz”.

Monroe Dodd, Andrea Silenzi and Walt Bodine won in the Talk Show category for a production of the Walt Bodine Show, “KC History: The Quest for Citizenship.”

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