Sunday, April 27, 2008
Local Listeners are the Real Losers
Winners of the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards were announced Saturday at the AAPBA banquet in Little Rock. Not a single award or even an honorable mention was given to a radio station in Northwest Arkansas. And maybe that's fair, since we have a pretty poor and plumb predictable paucity of news on the radio in these parts.
Tom Wolfe, stuck in a traffic jam outside Greensboro in 1965, gave a description of radio that still rings true in the Ozarks. "And right there it dawns on me that as far as this situation is concerned, anyway, all the conventional notions about the South are confined to . . . the Sunday radio. The South has preaching and shouting, the South has grits, the South has country songs, old mimosa traditions, clay dust, Old Bigots, New Liberals and all of it, all of that old mental cholesterol, is confined to the Sunday radio."
Now, before you white wine and brie Birkenstock liberals go to telling me about how great KUAF is, I already thought about that. That was going to be my refrain, too, but they didn't even scratch, got blown out by KUAR in the Class A competition. Don't stop payment on your begathon check, but look with envy at this:
NON SPOT NEWS - First Place: Kelly MacNeil, KUAR, Little Rock;
ENTERPRISE or INVESTIGATIVE - First Place: Karen Tricot, KUAR, Little Rock, Second Place: Ron Breeding, KUAR, Little Rock;
FEATURE - Honorable Mention: Ann Nicholson, KUAR, Little Rock;
PUBLIC AFFAIRS - First Place: Karen Tricot, KUAR, Little Rock;
CONTINUING COVERAGE - First Place: Kelly MacNeil, KUAR, Little Rock;
SPORTS COVERAGE - Second Place: Ron Breeding, KUAR, Little Rock;
ACTUALITY - Second Place: Kelly MacNeil, KUAR, Little Rock;
NEWSCAST - First Place: Kelly MacNeil, KUAR, Little Rock; and
SWEEPSTAKES - KUAR, Little Rock.
Why we not have?