We’re very proud to announce that last year’s “Agriculture” episode of Western Skies won first prize for “News/Public Affairs” from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., a national organization of journalists who give the award “to honor the very best in local public radio.” KRCC won in the “small newsroom” category.

We also won 2nd place from the Colorado Associated Press for the same episode.

Western Skies is a collaboration between the KRCC Newsroom and The Big Something, and we believe it’s a great example of how a small radio station can make the most of its resources and offer truly thoughtful, in-depth coverage of a large community, even if only once a month.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday at 11 a.m. on KRCC for the July episode of Western Skies, where we’ll explore the myths and realities of The West in the Pikes Peak Region.


3 Responses to KRCC Wins National PRNDI and Colorado AP Awards

  1. James Meacham says:

    Where are the links to articles and people on Western Skies as told on air, esp. High Country News? I was offended by the bias of the speaker on the tumble weed (I should like to point out many of the uses of and the ecological role play by the tumbleweed) and interested in reviewing the narrative of the Hayden Survey. Thank you: JWM

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Re: James’ comment – I’m curious—What are the uses of tumble weeds, and what is the ecological benefit? I have Diffuse Knapweed and it takes over.


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