KVLU wins first place awards from Texas Association of Broadcasters

KVLU was honored with two first place awards at the inaugural Texas Broadcast News Awards program recognizing outstanding broadcast journalism produced by radio and TV stations serving local communities throughout the state of Texas.

The Bayoulands radio series won First Place in the Radio Documentary category for a story about the art and architecture of Temple Emanuel, which first aired in August of 2021. The guest for this story was Dr. Laura Cochrane, an art historian from Middle Tennessee State University who was also a 2020 fellow with the Lamar University Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast. Bayoulands explores the people and places of southeast Texas.

NFP (Not-For-Profit), KVLU's weekly feature on local non-profits, won First Place in the Local Talk Show category for a feature on the Recovery Council of Southeast Texas with guest executive director Tom Aardahl. NFP features a different local non-profit organization each week.

"KVLU is proud to share stories and conversations about the people and places of southeast Texas," said producer Shannon Harris. "Providing local features is a big part of what we do and helps to fulfill KVLU's mission to educate, entertain and enlighten the southeast Texas community. We appreciate the recognition of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. It is gratifying to know that we are producing quality, creative content and we are very fortunate to have the platform of public radio in southeast Texas to accomplish that."

KVLU Station Manager Byron Balentine added, “As a broadcast service of Lamar University for 48 years, KVLU has been telling the stories of our area and of the Lamar Community. We are thrilled by the recognition we received from the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Bayoulands and NFP are great examples of what we do every day. I am most proud of Jason Miller and Shannon Harris for their hard work that earned us this honor.”

Bayoulands airs every fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. on 91.3 FM and kvlu.org. It is produced by Harris and Miller. 

Hosted by Miller, NFP airs each Thursday morning at 7:50 a.m. on 91.3 FM and online. NFP episodes are also podcasted each Friday.

For more information about KVLU or to stream online, visit www.kvlu.org.