Tue December 4, 2012
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: December 2012

Challenging, exciting, and rewarding are my adjectives to describe KUNC’s year in 2012.

I choose those adjectives with care and with pride.

From coverage of the rapidly changing landscape in the Middle East, to our national and local elections, and the wildfires in Colorado, the reporting by NPR and KUNC correspondents has been extraordinary this year.

The work at KUNC has not gone unnoticed.

Grace Hood was presented the Daniel Schorr Award, recognizing her as the nation’s outstanding young public radio journalist. Grace was also honored this year with her third consecutive national Edward R. Murrow award for outstanding journalism from the Radio Television Digital Association.

Kirk Siegler is now in Los Angles, where he joined NPR as a national reporter. He will be based just down the hall from Morning Edition host Renee Montagne. He caught your ear with his excellence in reporting, but he also caught the attention of NPR headquarters.

It is also very exciting to listen to the path KUNC Music is taking these days. Under the leadership of Benji McPhail, he and Wendy Wham are weaving sets of music that are incredible journeys of joy and discovery.

2012 is also a year where KUNC has made huge strides in enhancing website and digital services. Working with the Knight Foundation and NPR Digital Services, the KUNC staff, with coordination by Digital Media Manger Jim Hill, is creating a seamless combination of broadcast and digital services: allowing us to continue our radio tradition while setting the pace for a future filled with tablets and smart phones.

Under the leadership of Content Director Kirk Mowers the challenge of creating new opportunities for listening within the programming schedule is being met. Q, heard weekday evenings at 7 brings a fresh set of eyes and ears to the culture world to be shared with you. As a listener told me recently, “I don’t like change, but have found myself really enjoying the variety that Jian Ghomeshi brings to my dinner preparation every evening.” It is also a pleasure to be bringing you a variety of offerings on a weekly basis with two new shows. We are investing staffing resources to explore the best of public radio on The Spotlight. From networks, from independent producers, and through our own hallways this program, as the title suggests, putting a spotlight on exciting new programming each week.

We are pleased to bring innovate hosts and creators Robert Krulwich and Jab Abumrad to the air with their program Radiolab. Their curiosity and use of sound allows us to share ideas and blur boundaries in a provocative way that continues to enchant many listeners.

Do you see a pattern here? Yes, we’d like to think that we deliver excellence at KUNC on a routine basis. But to achieve excellence requires resources, and that’s where you come in. You make it possible for these high levels of excellence. As we near the end of 2012 please accept my gratitude and thanks for your support.

May the blessings of the season come to you and your families.

Warm Regards,

President & CEO

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