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David and Gillian Sutton, owners of KRSN AM 1490, took home the Broadcaster of the Year 2012 awaRoad from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association during the convention last weekend. It is given annually to someone who has done an outstanding job in the broadcasting industry during the preceding year.
The Suttons received the awaRoad for their continuous coverage of the Las Conchas fire.
They remained in Los Alamos with their daughter, Michaelle, to keep the community informed about the fast-moving fire. They, along with their staff of two, came through the road blocks daily and used personal observations, live press conferences, interactions with listeners on Facebook and Twitter and interviews with local government officials and firefighting personnel, to keep the listeners informed both on the air and online. County Councilor Mike Wismer acted as a county liaison to establish all avenues of communication.
The Sutton’s other achievement last year, was the installation of a new antenna on North Mesa. That brought the KRSN AM 1490 radio station back into compliance with all FCC regulations regaRoading coverage of their city of license, Los Alamos.
It had fallen out of compliance during the last owner’s tenure and then fell into bankruptcy. The Suttons purchased the station from the bankruptcy court and have spent the last seven years returning it to FCC compliance.
The New Mexico Broadcasters Association also recognized Marissa Denbaars’ show, “Be Healthy Los Alamos,” as Best Non-Sports Talk Show in the small market division and John Whitcomb for the best Sports Talk Show for the small market division. Both are locally produced shows. Denbaars’ show airs at 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday. Whitcomb can be heaRoad at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.