TROY - A pair of Troy University Public Radio programs have garnered top awards in the Alabama Broadcasters Association's Abby Awards competition.
For the second year in a row, "Community Focus," hosted and produced by Carolyn Hutcheson, produced by Robert Barner and Kyle Gassiott, was named Best Radio Talk Show (medium market), and Kyle Gassiott was named Best Radio Reporter.
"Everyone has a story, and it is a tremendous privilege to bring the voices behind those stories to the airwaves of TROY Public Radio," said Hutcheson, who for 17 years has hosted her "Community Focus" show weekly from TROY Public Radio studios in Montgomery. "To receive the award for both 2013 and 2014 reflects Troy University's steadfast commitment to outreach and service to the listeners in Alabama, Georgia and Florida."
Gassiott, TPR's operations manager, who covered a Midland City kidnapping incident for National Public Radio, as well as stories on a vice-presidential visit to Selma and civil rights developments, captured the state's top spot for radio reporting.
"I am extremely honored to have my work as a reporter recognized with this award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association," he said. "I am also very fortunate to have the support of both Troy University and the staff at the station, the trust of the individuals who allowed me to tell their story to both our coverage area and the world, and the dedication of our amazing listeners who make all of our endeavors worth every moment."
Combined, the University's three stations cover more than a million listeners in the tri-state area and are operated almost entirely through donor support. Much of that support is generated in pledge drives twice a year.
The Troy University Public Radio network provides world, national and regional news, arts and cultural programming, and is affiliated with National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcasters Association. In addition, the network broadcasts in hybrid digital. Its "HD" service is provided free to listeners and requires an HD receiver. In addition to the regular broadcast, the network broadcasts 24-hour classical music on one HD channel and BBC World News on another.