OOIDA media wins KC Press Club awards

| Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Top hands from news rooms all over Missouri and Kansas attended the Kansas City Press Club's annual awards banquet June 10 in downtown Kansas City.

OOIDA’s Land Line Magazine and “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio competed with other media outlets including newspapers, trade magazines, TV/radio news and talk shows.

Managing Editor Sandi Soendker and staff collected awards that included Best Trade Magazine. The judges’ commented: “This magazine truly serves its audience through a variety of informative and useful features.”

State Legislative Editor Keith Goble earned the Gold Award for his legislative state guide in the Public Service Projects division.

“Land Line Now” Host Mark Reddig also took home awards for stories he wrote for the magazine. He won the Gold Award for Best Magazine Story for “Something Wasn't Right,” an article he wrote about Doug Finkbeiner, a member who survived an aortic dissection.

Senior Writer Terry Scruton won the Silver Award for “Don’t Feed the Sharks,” a warning about doing business with shady brokers.

In the magazine category, Reddig also won Silver and Bronze awards in Beat Reporting, plus a Bronze Award for a magazine interview he did with OOIDA member and NASCAR simulator driver Ron Mermis.

In the broadcast category, Reddig won first place for Best Talk Radio for the popular feature – the Comment Line. In the Best Radio Program category, “Land Line Now” earned second place for excellent variety of the 2005 Thanksgiving show. Honors were awarded to Host Mark Reddig; News Anchor Reed Black; Reporter Jami Jones; First Sound Engineer Barry Spillman and Second Sound Engineer Jim Fetzer.

Also in the broadcast competition, Land Line Staff Writer Aaron Ladage won the Bronze Award for “Semi for a Sleigh,” produced by Barry Spillman. The story was about Alaskan OOIDA member Mark Mendonsa and his first effort at publishing a book.

The KC Press Club is the Missouri-Kansas regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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