Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now were recognized last month by the KC Press Club, which is the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Land Line Magazine is the official publication of OOIDA. Land Line Now is OOIDA’s daily radio show on Sirius XM, Channel 106.
The Heart of America awards banquet was held June 4 in Kansas City, MO. Land Line won five Gold Awards and three Silver Awards in the Trade Publications category. One of those Gold Awards was best Business-to-Business publication. Land Line Now was awarded the overall Best Radio of the Year (a tie with KCUR-FM) and won four Gold Awards, one Silver and four honorable mentions in the Radio category.
Among the stories favored with a top award were “To right a wrong,” Sandi Soendker’s coverage of the OOIDA v. Minnesota State Patrol trial; “Whac-a-toll,” by David Tanner; and “Bad things happen to good people,” Charlie Morasch’s story about Skidmore, MO, the site of a famous unsolved murder.
In radio, one of the judges’ favorites was “A symbol of steel,” Reed Black and Barry Spillman’s story about a special convoy carrying steel from the World Trade Center to be used in a memorial. Black and Jim Fetzer also won a Gold for “Smuckers tornado fiasco.” LL