Land Line earns some top awards from Kansas City Press Club

By Land Line staff | Monday, June 24, 2013

Land Line Magazine has been named Trade & Specialty Publication of the Year by the Kansas City Press Club Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, the staffs of Land Line Magazine and “Land Line Now” garnered 13 gold awards, five silvers and a bronze during the annual Heart of America Awards banquet on Saturday, June 22.

The Kansas City Press Club handed out nearly 250 awards to area-based television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines of varying market sizes and circulations.

Land Line Magazine Editor-in-Chief Sandi Soendker and staff earned an additional silver award in the category of business-to-business publications.

The magazine’s copy editor Elizabeth Andersen was recognized for years of service to the press club as both an officer and board member. Andersen is a past president and served nine years on the board.

Launched in 1975, Land Line Magazine is the official business publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association based in Grain Valley, Mo.

“Land Line Now” is the Association’s daily one-hour news and information program designed specifically for truckers which airs at 7 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Channel 128.

Individual awards for Land Line and “Land Line Now” are listed below in the order they were received.

Gold awards

  • Reed Black of “Land Line Now” – Deadline reporting and breaking news for radio
  • Clarissa Kell-Holland of Land Line Magazine – General reporting for trade and specialty publications
  • Mark Reddig and James Fetzer of “Land Line Now” – Business reporting for radio
  • Charlie Morasch of Land Line Magazine – Business reporting for trade and specialty publications
  • Clarissa Kell-Holland – Investigative reporting for trade and specialty publications
  • Bill Hudgins of Land Line Magazine – Feature for trade and specialty publications
  • David Tanner of Land Line Magazine and Barry Spillman of “Land Line Now” – Editorial/commentary for radio
  • Barry Spillman and Terry Scruton of “Land Line Now” – Entertainment reporting for radio
  • Terry Scruton, Barry Spillman and James Fetzer – Beat reporting for radio
  • David Tanner – Beat reporting for trade and specialty publications
  • Keith Goble of Land Line Magazine – Public service project for trade and specialty publications
  • Charlie Morasch – Magazine story for trade and specialty publications
  • Reed Black and James Fetzer – Regular franchise feature for radio


Silver awards

  • Mark Reddig and James Fetzer – General reporting for radio
  • Reed Black and James Fetzer – Business reporting for radio
  • David Tanner – Investigative reporting for trade and specialty publications
  • Kim Lennard and Paul Abelson – Feature for trade and specialty publications
  • David Tanner – Beat reporting for radio


Bronze awards

  • Keith Goble and Barry Spillman – Editorial/commentary for radio
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