MURRAY, Ky. — WKMS News brought home five national Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) awards in June for outstanding news reporting.

WKMS won two first place and three second place awards for, respectively, Breaking News, Podcast, Best Use of Sound, Soft Feature and Sports Feature. WKMS competes in Division C against other stations with newsrooms of one to three full-time staff members.

Award winners from WKMS include Matt Markgraf, news director; Justin Lewis, volunteer and podcast producer for “Something from Nothing”; Nicole Erwin, reporter; Chad Lampe, station manager; and Will Aubrey, freelance reporter.

“Of course, we couldn’t tell these stories without the continuing financial support, participation and encouragement from listeners,” said Markgraf, who traveled to Philadelphia to attend the PRNDI conference and award ceremony June 23. “We have a small news team that understands the immense value of public radio. It is with humble gratitude that we accept these awards, which will serve as a reminder that we must continue to strive to share the voices and issues of our region to local and national audiences.”

The award-winning pieces are currently accessible on WKMS’s website:

— First place for Breaking News: “Big Sandy Residents Mourn Death of Sonny Melton, Las Vegas Massacre Victim”

— First place for Podcast: “Something from Nothing: #PartakeInPaducah”

— Second place for Best Use of Sound: “Wickliffe Mounds Sing with Chickasaw Dance Troupe”

— Second place for Soft Feature: “Defend Be a Friend: Tennessee Teen Creates Superhero to Help Children Understand Autism”

— Second place for Sports Feature: “Tackling Stereotypes: Middle Schooler Playing the Line”

WKMS News is comprised mostly of Murray State University students. The staff is committed to affording a unique, professional opportunity through paid internships for a diverse group of students interested in public radio journalism. To contribute to the WKMS Student Journalism Fund, contact Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd at jtodd14@murraystate.eduor 270-809-4748.

WKMS broadcasts a continuous, comprehensive mix of news and music with stations including 91.3 WKMS-FM, WKMS HD-1, All-Classical HD-2 and WKMS Music HD-3 in Murray; 90.9 WKMD, WKMD HD-1, All Classical HD-2 and All Music HD-3 in Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT in Fulton; All-Classical 92.5 in Paducah, 88.9 in Murray and 105.1 in Madisonville; and WKMS Music 102.9 FM in Madisonville. WKMS also streams all three of its news and music channels online at wkms.org, a robust website offering playlists, regional news and an online contribution page. For more information, call 1-800-599-4737.

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