KCLU has been honored with four Golden Mike awards for excellence in news coverage by the Radio Television News Association of Southern California.
KCLU’s Jim Rondeau and Lance Orozco won the Division B award for “Best Radio Spot News ” for the station live coverage of the 2013 Springs brush fire in Ventura County, which threatened thousands of homes. KCLU was on the air for hours with live coverage of the inferno.
KCLU was also honored for “Best News Reporting,” for a difficult story about a young Ventura County man who grew up with abuse; “Best Business and Consumer Reporting” for a story about an innovative program to place Braille labels in supermarkets started by a young Ventura County boy who is blind; and “Best Entertainment Reporting,” for “Sing It Out,” a unique Santa Barbara program which uses music to help troubled teens. All of those awards are in Division B, for smaller staff sized stations.
KCLU has been the Tri-Counties most honored broadcast news outlet in the Tri-Counties for more than a decade, with more than 100 RTNA, AP, Los Angeles Press Club, and RTDNA honors to its credit.