(UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Jan. 23, 2012) For the 11th year in a row, National Public Radio station KCLU was the biggest winner among radio and TV stations in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties at the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California's Golden Mike Awards.
News Director Lance Orozco picked up six of the coveted awards for his stories at the 62nd annual awards ceremony held Saturday at the Universal Hilton Hotel. The nonprofit RTNA of Southern California represents broadcast newsrooms stretching from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield to the Mexican border. KCLU competes in Division B for radio stations with five or fewer news staff members.
KCLU won Best News Special for "Election 2010 Preview," a series of in-depth reports on key races and issues in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and Best Individual Writing for "A Fish Tale," a story about a University of California, Santa Barbara, marine biologist who wrote a coffee table book. The station was honored for Best Sports Reporting for "Race for Survival," a story about a world-class triathlete making a comeback after being hit by a car in Ventura County, and for Best Business and Consumer Reporting for "Four-Legged Landscapers," a report on the use of goats for environmentally friendly landscaping in Ventura County. "The Sounds of Peace," which profiled a refugee from war-torn Uganda bringing his music to Ventura County schools, received the top award for Best Entertainment Reporting and Best Use Of Sound.
Also during the ceremony, TV journalist Tom Brokaw received the chapter's first Broadcast Legend Award and radio and television anchor Warren Olney won a Lifetime Achievement Award.
KCLU provides NPR and local news programming in Ventura County at
88.3 FM, Santa Barbara County at 102.3 FM and 1340 AM, and online at http://www.kclu.org. The station is a community service of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.