KLRC Named 2002 Dove Award Radio Station of the Year

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Siloam Springs, Ark (April 19, 2002) - The Gospel Music Association has announced that KLRC 101.1 is the 2002 Dove Award recipient for Radio Station of the Year for small markets. KLRC, the student-operated radio station that broadcasts from the John Brown University campus in Siloam Springs, will accept the prestigious award at the 33rd annual Dove Awards on Thursday, April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event is sponsored by the Gospel Music Association and the National Christian Radio Association and will be hosted by Kurt Warner and Yolanda Adams.

KLRC staff and morning show announcers are excited about the recognition and owe their thanks to their supporting audience. “We share this honor and excitement with our listeners because they make it possible for us to be part of this event,” said Sean Sawatzky, KLRC general manager.

Five KLRC staff members will spend most of next week in Nashville attending seminars and conferences that lead up to Thursday’s Dove Award ceremony. The five staff members will receive floor tickets and backstage passes to meet the Christian artists, producers and managers.

“It will be an exciting night that celebrates the success of the Christian music industry, but also the ministry that is a huge part of it,” said Melody Miller, KLRC program director, who attended last year’s ceremony.

Fans and listeners can watch this year’s Dove Awards ceremony as it is broadcasted live on the PAX TV network from 8 to 10 pm, Thursday April 25.

This year marks KLRC’s second time to enter the contest and also its second time to be named radio station of the year in the small market category.

Other winners include KTSY, Indiana, medium market; KXOJ, Tulsa, Okla., large market; and WFSH, Atlanta, GA., major market.

KLRC’s application and presentation were put together by Sean Sawatzky, general manager; Melody Miller, program director, and Josh Bentley, production manager. The presentation included ratings, examples of KLRC’s community involvement and service, industry leadership and an air check of what KLRC sounds like. A total of 12 judges critiqued the presentation.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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