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WKAR Named Michigan Public TV Station of the Year for 2022

Courtesy of WKAR

WKAR has been named Michigan Public Television Station of the Year for 2022 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The announcement was made Saturday, April 29, at the Broadcast Excellence Awards Gala at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. This year marks the eleventh time in twelve years that WKAR has been named Public TV Station of the Year. The public media station serving Michigan’s capital region also won awards in three special categories announced at the gala. "I'm both humbled and honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire WKAR team," said Shawn Turner, WKAR general manager. "I also want to express our gratitude to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. This award represents the commitment that we all share to serving and supporting our communities. WKAR is celebrating 100 years of service this year. We don't get to last 100 years without a lot of support from a lot of people. Part of our staying power is due to the fact that so many of you in this room set a high bar for excellence. And so we thank all of you for pushing us to be the very best that we can. And again, congratulations to my great team here at WKAR. In addition to Public TV Station of Year award, these WKAR wins were announced at the gala. Membership Appeal – Best Through the Banks of the Red Cedar WKAR's Al Martin is joined by independent producer Maya Washington to make the case for viewer support during a special presentation of the documentary Through the Banks of the Red Cedar. Membership Appeal – Merit Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Tour WKAR's Al Martin is joined by Metro Melik, host of Moving with Metro Melik on Stacks 92.1, to making the case for viewer support during a presentation of the concert special Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain Tour. Community Involvement -- Merit Community Connections Through Film and Conversation Film screenings fostering conversation around societal issues create great opportunities to connect with members of the diverse communities we serve. Virtual film screenings featured in 2022 produced insightful conversations with a diverse range of panelists and helped WKAR form new partnerships across our community. Station Excellence Essay -- Best In this category, stations submit a 1000-word essay highlighting accomplishments of 2022. These honors add to the first round of Broadcast Excellence Awards announced in March. In all, across WKAR TV, radio, and digital, WKAR earned 24 Broadcast Excellence Awards for the station’s work in 2022.

About WKAR Public Media WKAR Public Media is Michigan's capital region source for award-winning original television and radio, and the best from PBS and NPR. WKAR is part of Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences and includes WKAR TV, WKAR Radio,, WKAR Radio Reading Service, WKAR Family, and WKAR Ready to Learn.

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