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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee’s National Public Radio member station, WUOT 91.9 FM, has received the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster’s First Place Overall Excellence Award for 2005.

The award was presented at a luncheon in Nashville on Aug. 6.

In all, WUOT received five first-place awards in the following categories: “Overall Excellence,” Breaking News,” “Talk Show/Public Affairs,” “News Excellence/Writing” and “Enterprise.” The station also received an honorable mention in the category of “Sound Excellence.”

For the second year in a row, WUOT received more AP awards than any other radio station in Tennessee.

WUOT 91.9 FM News Director Matt Shafer Powell

WUOT also has been recognized in recent months by the Society of Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Inc., and the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The station won a 2005 RTNDA regional Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement in broadcast journalism. A list of specific awards is attached and all stories can be heard on-line at wuot.org.

WUOT began to supplement NPR news programming with local news in November 2002. The station’s regional coverage includes daily newscasts as well as interviews and long-form feature stories focused on the people and issues that affect East Tennessee.

WUOT Reporter/Show Host Ann Lloyd

“This recognition is a testament to how far our news department has come in a short period of time,” WUOT Executive Director Regina Dean said. “However, we also believe that awards alone aren’t the hallmark of a successful newsroom; our ability to provide our listeners with important news stories in an engaging manner is the key to our success.”

“As journalists, we never want to lose sight of the fact that news is about people and that stories should always be presented with a human face,” WUOT News Director Matt Shafer Powell said. “Our listeners respond favorably to those types of stories and we enjoy reporting them.”

WUOT Reporter/Show Host Chrissy Keuper

Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is a 100,000 watt station broadcasting from UT Knoxville. A member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WUOT is served by National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

WUOT’s primary format is classical and jazz music, news and public affairs. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and streams live on the web at wuot.org.

Contact: Regina Dean (865-974-5375)
Matt Shafer Powell (865-974-9354)