KNKX Public Radio won big at the 2019 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) Conference on June 15. Sound Effect, the weekly storytelling show featuring stories inspired by the place we live, earned four national awards. The stories earned recognition in the Arts Feature, Short Documentary, Commentary and Sports Feature categories.
“It’s gratifying to see KNKX and Sound Effect receive national recognition for telling the stories of the Pacific Northwest and the people who call this home,” said Erin Hennessey, KNKX news director. “This is a special place and there are so many stories yet to tell.”
Nearly 190 awards were presented to local public radio stations in a number of categories. KNKX is in Division A, which comprises public radio stations with seven to 15 full-time news staff.
The award-winning stories, which aired in 2018, are:
- First Place, Arts Feature for “Fantasy A's Fantasy is a Stable Home in Seattle”
- First Place, Short Documentary for “A Homeless Man Helped Me with My Fear of the Woods”
- Second Place, Commentary for “To Dye or Not to Dye?: Reflections on Going Gray in a Society That Judges Graying Women”
- Second Place, Sports Feature for “These Women Hit 50. Then They Took Up Basketball”
Sound Effect airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. It explores a different theme and presents provocative and smart conversations with insight and humor, capturing the warmth of community radio with the gleam of professional polish. It’s available through streaming at knkx.org and as a podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.