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WRUN Parent Wins Several Awards

The parent of WRUN (AM 1150 Utica) brought home 7 trophies from the 14th Annual Communicator Awards.  Staffers from Northeast Public Radio’s flagship station, WAMC Albany, earned themselves three top-tier Communicator Awards of Excellence, and four Communicator Awards of Distinction.

Here’s the complete press release WAMC issued Tuesday.

ALBANY, NY (05/27/2008) — Katie Britton, News Director for WAMC News, is proud to announce that several WAMC staffers have won three prestigious Communicator Awards of Excellence, and four Awards of Distinction. The awards received are as follows:

Bob Barrett, the Host and producer of National Production’s The Health Show garnered one for “Voices of Cancer” in the category of News – Production/ Editing.

Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Susan Barnett won in the categories of News – Writing/Creative Concept for “Father Divine”, and in the Sports category for “Enough Swing to Break Bats”.

The host of The Roundtable Joe Donahue & News Director Katie Britton received one for their collaborative work on “Garrison Keillor”, in the category of Productions – Production/Sound Design.

Communicator AwardJoe Donahue also received one for his interview with Kurt Vonnegut, entitled “Kurt Vonnegut: His Final Interview” in the category of Feature Story.

In the category of Talk Show/General Interest, WAMC’s live afternoon call-in talk show, Vox Pop has garnered one for Katz on Dogs, hosted by Joe Donahue, and the guest was author Jon Katz of Dogs of Bedlam Farm fame.

And the News Department also won for the live coverage of the Mid-term elections, duly named “Mid-Term Elections”, in the category of Live Broadcast.

“We are pleased that WAMC and its employees are being recognized for their hard work,” says President & CEO Alan Chartock, “We have invested many of the dollars we’ve gotten from our public into our News Department, and those dollars are paying dividends.”

The 14th Annual Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing creative excellence in the communication field, founded by communication professionals over a decade ago. The Communicator Awards provides winners and their clients the recognition they deserve and gives communications and creative professionals proof and validation that their work is outstanding and highly regarded by their peers.

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a non-commercial, listener supported public radio network broadcasting 24 hours a day to portions of seven New England and Middle Atlantic states. The broadcast is being carried live and listeners are invited to tune in. The broadcast can also be heard online at or podcast from WAMC’s website.

WAMC, 90.3 FM, Albany NY; WAMC, 1400AM, Albany NY; WAMK, 90.9 FM, Kingston NY; WOSR, 91.7 FM, Middletown NY; WCEL, 91.9 FM, Plattsburgh NY; WCAN, 93.3 FM, Canajoharie NY; WANC, 103.9 FM, Ticonderoga NY; WRUN, 1150 AM, Utica, NY; WAMQ, 105.1 FM, Great Barrington MA; ; 93.1 FM, Troy; 99.3 FM, Oneonta; 97.1 FM, Hudson; 107.1 FM, Warwick; 107.7 FM, Newburgh; 103.9 FM, Beacon; 96.5 FM, Ellenville; 106.9, Middletown; 102.1, Highland, NY; 90.9 FM, Milford, PA and on-line at

WRUN was purchased by WAMC right around the beginning of 2005.  Prior to that, WRUN went through several formats under the ownership of Regent Broadcasting, including stints as a simulcast for WIBX and WFRG-FM, and an adult standards format for the last year or so leading up to the WAMC sale.

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