SDPB Radio's staff earned six first place awards and three second-place awards in the AP's 2012 Great Plains Broadcast Contest. SDPB Radio competed with non-commercial stations in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. First place was awarded in 11 categories and second place in 10.
"This is a reminder that South Dakota has one of the best Public Radio networks in the country," said Joe Tlustos, Director of SDPB Radio. "It's good to see our hard work rewarded."
The winning news reports can be heard at SDPB.org/pressreleases. Click on "SDPB Radio Dominates AP Awards" to get to the links. Winning reports include: Spot News – First Place: Charles Michael Ray, "Firefighter Gives All." Second Place: Victoria Wicks, "Bill providing homicide defense for protection of unborn child fails in House."; Sports – First Place: Gary Ellenbolt, "State Tournament Blizzards."; General Reporting – First Place: Jim Kent, "ND monks mirror concerns of SD ranchers."; Enterprise – First Place: Charles Michael Ray, "Gold Mining Pollution Plagues Western South Dakota."; Best Use of Sound – First Place: Charles Michael Ray, "Buffalo Market Booms."; Newscast – First Place: Gary Ellenbolt, SDPB, Vermillion, "Morning Edition Newscast on Dec. 30, 2011."; Writing – Second Place: Victoria Wicks, "Romantic breakups can be hard on the heart."; Continuing Story – Second Place: SDPB News Staff, "2011 Missouri Flood Continuing Coverage."