WUGA-FM wins two national journalism awards

Athens, Ga. – Public Radio News Directors, Inc. has honored WUGA, 91.7/97.9 FM public radio for the Athens area, with two awards for radio excellence.

The station won first place for best commentary. Kathrin Rudland wrote and voiced a piece on the “Importance of Books.” She reminisced about the emotional significance and physical presence of books in her life which can never be replaced by e-texts. Rudland is a long-time member of the Greensboro Writers’ Guild.

WUGA News Director Mary Kay Mitchell also won second place for best use of sound for “Latino March.” Mitchell followed May Day marchers in downtown Athens as they rallied for Hispanic rights in 2006.

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 New Orleans.

WUGA has won a total of eleven national, regional, and state awards for 2006, including recognition from the Associated Press and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. For more information on WUGA, see http://www.wuga.org/.