LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2005) -- WUKY, the University of Kentucky’s public radio station, received four awards at the annual Associated Press News Awards ceremony April 13 in Frankfort. WUKY received the first place prize in the highly coveted Best Radio Newscast category, while Louisville’s WHAS Radio placed second.
WUKY reporter Josh James placed first in the Series/Documentary category for “Cleaning the Air,” his five-part series on the Lexington public smoking ban. News director Alan Lytle took a second place award in the Best Feature/Human Interest Story category for his Focus on UK segment about the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at UK.
The second place award in the Enterprise/Investigative Story category went to the WUKY Youth News Team for its reports on the achievement gap in public schools. The Youth News Team consists of seven local high school students who produce their own reports under the guidance of WUKY’s news staff.
“I simply could not be prouder of our news department,” said Lytle. “When you consider the level of statewide competition and our limited resources, to capture such honors is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication of our people. My thanks to everyone who made receiving these awards possible.”