Awards cast spotlight on work of TROY Public Radio

Posted: Wednesday, 22 July 2015

TROY - Troy University Public Radio continues to receive recognition for its local programming – the latest coming in the form of a national Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Students Katy Ganaway, David Caddell and Winn Carroll received the award in the Radio News Reporting category for the segment "You Should Know: Bus Boycott Pioneer Mary Smith."

Mark of Excellence awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast during 2014. The awards honor the best in student journalism, and each of the winners and finalists were previously recognized by receiving first-place in one of the Society's 12 regional competitions.

Ganaway and Caddell were both previously honored for their work with TROY Public Radio in the spring at the Southeast Journalism Conference.

"Troy University Public Radio has been fortunate to have excellent students who have produced very good work," said Kyle Gassiott, operations manager.

Also earlier this spring, the Alabama Broadcasters Association awarded TROY Public Radio's Carolyn Hutcheson for Best Talk Show Medium Market, marking the third straight year that "In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson" has won an ABBY award.

"As host of 'In Focus', I must give special credit to executive producer Kyle Gassiott, who created the format that gives listeners an engaging weekday radio magazine," Hutcheson said. "The fast-paced program showcases a broad offering of features about the arts, personal finance, food, issues of public interest and thought-provoking aspects of the human and natural environment."

Gassiott credited the staff for adapting the new format of the show and making it a success.

"It is truly gratifying and humbling to receive this recognition from the Alabama Broadcasters Association for the third year in a row and especially as it recognizes the talent and hard work the staff has put into the new format," Gassiott said. " I'll admit that it was scary to take a venerable and much beloved program, modify the format, expand it, and add a host of new voices and sounds, but both the listeners and our colleagues at ABA have embraced 'In Focus,' and I couldn't be happier."

"In Focus" has included interviews with actress Tonea Stewart and Presidential Medal of Honor Awardee Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and segments on a writer who is working with teenagers in juvenile detention by helping them tell their stories through poetry, a tour of Civil Rights landmarks in Montgomery and an exploration and explanation of what a Lane Cake is, among others.

"In Focus" is available on TROY Public Radio, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 12:30 p.m. on 89.9 FM in Montgomery/Troy, 88.7 FM in Dothan and 91.7 FM in Columbus/Phenix City.