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KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee public radio station WUOT 91.9 FM received three first-place awards in the 2006 Public Radio News Directors, Inc. awards competition at a ceremony held recently in Los Angeles.

Matt Powell
Matt Powell
The PRNDI awards is the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

WUOT took first place awards in the Small News Department category for:

-Oak Ridge: In the Shadow of the Atom, Documentary

-Lost to War, Series

-The Body Farm, Writing

The station also won second place in the Soft Feature category for The Body Farm, which chronicles the work of Dr. Bill Bass, other forensics researchers and students at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center.

All three winning pieces were produced and written by WUOT News Director Matt Shafer Powell.

“These awards are particularly meaningful because it shows how we stack up to other public radio newsrooms across the country,” Powell said. “It’s humbling to be recognized by your peers for your work, and I’m proud to be part of such a talented group of broadcasters.”

WUOT’s news and feature stories can be heard on the station’s Web site,

Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is a 100,000-watt station broadcasting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Qualified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WUOT is a member of National Public Radio, and a Public Radio International affiliate. WUOT’s primary format is classical and jazz music, news and public affairs. WUOT serves listeners throughout East Tennessee, and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and streams on the Web at


Regina Dean, WUOT 91.9 FM Director (865-974-5375)
Beth Gladden, media relations (865-974-9008)