KRSN comes in strong at awards banquet

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By Carol A. Clark

KRSN 1490 AM radio station owners David and Gillian Sutton returned from the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association annual convention last weekend with an armload of prestigious awards. 

“We joined gathering of radio and TV broadcasters to have fun and attend seminars to become better broadcasters,” Gillian Sutton said.

The NMBA’s Convention took place Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Marriott.

Recipients of this year’s Excellence in Broadcasting awards were recognized Friday evening in a standing-room-only dinner and gala in the ballroom.

Convention workshops, including “Reinventing Yourself”, “Medical Marketing” and “Sales Tips from RAB’s John Potter” were all well-attended.

The Broadcasting in Excellence awards were presented Friday evening in recognition of achievements in a variety of categories.

David Sutton, KRSN’s chief operating officer won four awards during the two-day event:  

•    Best Public Service Announcement for the promotion of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Youth Campaign’s Hamburger night;  

•    Best Public Service Campaign for the United Way of Northern New Mexico Campaign;

•    Best 30 second Commercial for Atomic City Transit; and

•    Honorable Mention for Rosalie Heller’s Excursion in Classical Music Show.  

 “All of these awards were won because of our involvement with our community,” David said. “Our goal has been to be the community radio station for our home town.”

KRSN competed against radio stations serving communities with populations from 10,000 to 20,000.

“We’re proud to have earned these important awards but unfortunately KRSN’s future is in jeopardy,” Gillian said. “We will be closing our doors in just 16 months if we do not find the appropriate property and build an antenna, which will satisfy the FCC, FAA and  NNSA regulations and our listening public.”

In order to continue operations, KRSN must find two acres of land within the Los Alamos townsite to house its antenna.

“We want to remind and urge our county officials about how important local radio is to our community,” David said. “KRSN AM 1490 broadcasts Los Alamos High School football, basketball and hockey, announces advances for Los Alamos National Laboratory and cares about local issues.

We want to remain Los Alamos’ ‘Kommunity Radio Station Now’ (KRSN) as it has been since 1947.”

We intend to compete for Station of the Year next year if we’ve secured land and erected the required antenna, Gillian said.

This year’s stations of the year in various categories were KTAO-FM of Taos, KSEL-FM of Portales, KZOR-FM of Hobbs, KGRT-FM in Las Cruces, KQTM-FM of Albuquerque and KOB-TV.

Access KRSN on the AM dial at 1490 and on the web at www.krsnam1490.com.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or (505) 662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.