Ventura and Santa Barbara County’s NPR radio station, KCLU, won “Best Newscast” honors, plus a pair of posthumous awards for the station’s special projects producer at the 63rd Annual Golden Mike Awards in Los Angeles.
KCLU won a total of eight Golden Mikes at the January 19th Radio & Television News Association’s awards program at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Hollywood.
Program Director, and Morning Anchor Jim Rondeau won the “Best Newscast Under 15 Minutes” award in Division B (small staff size), beating out other finalists KVTA, Port Hueneme, and KABC-AM, Los Angeles.
Special Projects Producer John North won the “Best Documentary“ awards for his documentary “Bullying-Kids In Crisis,” which was produced by Michael Lindner. He also won the “Best Radio News Special” award in ”Division B” for “Medical Marijuana and the Cannabis Controversy”. North died in December, at the age of 81, as the result of congestive heart failure. His career spanned more than five decades, including work at KNX, and KFWB, in Los Angeles, and he was one of the original anchors at XTRA Radio in the 1960’s which was considered to be the world’s first all news radio station. His daughter, Theresa, was on hand at the ceremony to accept the two Golden Mikes on behalf of North, and KCLU.
KCLU News Director Lance Orozco won Golden Mikes for “Best Commentary” and “Best Newswriting” for “My Cancer,” a story detailing his battle with kidney cancer last year, in which he took listeners into the operating room to hear his actual surgery, as well as the biopsy results afterwards.
Orozco also won “Division B” Golden Mikes for “Best Radio Business and Consumer Reporting” for “The Hidden Household Danger,” the story of a U.C. Santa Barbara student who survived a month long coma after carbon monoxide poisoning; “Best Radio Entertainment Reporting,” for “The Rat Pack Is Back,” a story about a show which brings Frank, Dean, and Sammy back to life on stage; and the “Best News Reporting” award for “The Long Goodbye,” a story about a Santa Barbara woman coping with her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
During the program, the RTNA also honored longtime Southern California television anchor Steve Edwards with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The RTNA is a non-profit organization representing broadcast newsrooms throughout Southern California.