Several local radio stations were big winners in the annual Golden Mike competition presented by the Southern California Radio and Television News Association. This includes the Best Newscast Awards for KNX (1070 AM) and KFI (640 AM), with the former in the category for news broadcasts longer than 15 minutes and the latter the price for news broadcasts less than 15 minutes in length wins.
But that’s not all for the two popular stations. KNX also won in the categories of Best Traffic Report, Best Live News Coverage (Division A), Best Business and Consumer Coverage. Meanwhile, KFI won for Best Continuous Coverage, Best Documentary, and Best Reporting (Division A). , Best Light Feature Reporting (less than a minute), Best News Special, Best Internet News Reporting, and Best Podcast.
KLAC (570 AM) received two awards in the Best Sports and Best Sports Reporting segments. KCRW (89.9 FM) took two in the Best Hard News Series Reporting and Best Use of Sound (Division A); KPCC (89.3 FM) also won two in the Best News Public Affairs Program and in Best Government and Political Reporting (Division A).
KCLU (88.3 FM) in Thousand Oaks received three awards: Best Live Coverage of a News Story (Division B), Best News Coverage (Division B), Best Light Coverage (One Minute or More), Best Entertainment Coverage, Best Government, and Political Coverage (Division B) and best use of clay (Division B).
The two divisions A and B refer to the size of the station, with Division B referring to stations or podcasts with five or fewer full-time employees.
The category “Best Medical and Science Reporting” (Division A) was won by an inewsource podcast.
Golden Mikes are the longest running radio news in the country and are featured by a number of top journalists in the country. Due to the pandemic, the prizes were awarded in a live stream show on March 13th. You can follow the presentation ceremony and learn more about the awards and categories by visiting RTNA.org.
KLOS (95.5 FM) and the station’s listeners teamed up to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital during a two-day on-air radiothon on March 11th and 12th. The station raised more than $ 880,000 at their 4th annual St. Jude Rocks event.
The two-day radio show featured rock stars such as Gene Simmons, Metallica, Dirty Honey and Daughtry. KLOS sister stations also got involved: Power 106 FM, KDAY (93.5 FM) and the new KALI (93.9 FM) gathered their listeners for the Radiothon.
“Everyone has made great strides,” KLOS programmer Keith Cunningham told me, including all of Meruelo Media’s Los Angeles locations. Personalities encouraged fans to partner with Hope on a monthly basis for St. Jude’s to receive a “We Won’t Stop” t-shirt, a custom KLOS “St. Jude Rocks” t-shirt, and make Then share photos with #StJudeWontStop on social media.
For over 30 years, Royal Oakes has commented on the national and local broadcast media on America’s most debated legal cases. He has appeared nationwide on the syndicated programs “Inside Edition”, “Extra” and “Access Hollywood”. He also served as a legal analyst for KNBC Channel 4, KABC (790 am) and KFWB (980 am) All-News Radio in Los Angeles. As a legal analyst for ABC News, he contributes to network radio shows and ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Now Oakes, who is Capital Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Los Angeles, has a new role and can be heard at affiliates of Benztown, a radio imaging and production company. The one-minute short-form feature, entitled “It’s the Law,” provides Oakes’ up-to-date daily legal analysis and insight into laws – controversial and otherwise – that affect Americans. The feature presents Oakes legal analysis and updates in an informative format and is available to all Benztown News Library users for broadcast Monday through Friday.
This new segment complements his work with “Bunker Diaries”, a 60-second spot broadcast locally on KABC, as well as with KOMO / Seattle and KTRS / St. Louis.
“It’s a love job,” Oakes said to me. “It brings me back to the 20-year run I had at KFWB with the one-minute spot” KFWB Legal Adviser “.