WUOT, the public radio station licensed to UT, has won two first-place Golden Press Awards.
Brandon Hollingsworth won first place in the Best Radio News Anchor category.
The station won first place in the radio category of Documentary/Public Affairs Programming for Life in the Crossroads: Inside East Tennessee’s Addiction Crisis. The program was part of the station’s TruckBeat project and was the work of former WUOT Director of News Content and Executive Producer Matt Shafer Powell and producer Jess Mador.
The same team, plus producer Leslie Snow and student intern Liz Wood, claimed third place in the same category for the TruckBeat project.
TruckBeat was part of a larger project titled Finding America, which paired independent producers with public media station incubators. Truckbeat began in fall 2015 and ran through the summer of 2016. It used an old television production truck, wrapped in the TruckBeat and WUOT logos, as an engagement tool to report on community health topics such as addiction, obesity, and mental health issues.
Listener-supported WUOT 91.9 FM is qualified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is an NPR member station and an affiliate of Public Radio International and American Public Media. The station’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 around the clock and streams on the web. WUOT’s second audio channel, WUOT-2, is available on HD Radio, internet radio, and the web.