WUGA-FM wins national and regional awards

WUGA-FM wins national and regional journalism awards

Athens, GA. – Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and the Society of Professional Journalists have honored WUGA, 91.7/97.9 FM public radio for the Athens area, with three awards for radio excellence.

In the PRNDI category for small staff stations, WUGA News Director Mary Kay Mitchell won first place for Best Use of Sound for her visit to an “Organic Meat Farm.” She also received a second place award for continuing coverage on the controversial bio-lab that was being considered for Athens.

The PRNDI awards competition is the only national contest that recognizes outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations. The awards were recently presented at the annual conference in Portland.

In the radio division of Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards, Mitchell won first place for Best Feature Reporting for “Organic Meat Farm.”

For the Green Eyeshades, WUGA competes against all market sizes of radio stations in 11 Southern states.

WUGA has won a total of 17 national, regional, and state awards for 2008, including recognition from the Associated Press and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.