KUNM 89.9 FM is among stations receiving Excellence in Broadcasting awards from the New Mexico Broadcasters Association (NMBA). The honors will be awarded at the group's annual banquet Friday, June 11 at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel.

"We received more than 300 entries from across the state in the annual contest," said Suzan Strong, NMBA associate director. "The judges spent considerable time reviewing all of the entries and remarked on the professionalism of the material."

KUNM General Manager Richard Towne said, "On behalf of the Regents and the University of New Mexico, I am pleased to see this important peer recognition. The awards recognize the important work of individual staff members and our deep collaboration between students, staff and community volunteers to serve our listening community."

Judges included former news directors from television and radio stations in Alabama and Kansas, members of local advertising agencies and the Associated Press. The awards are given for work that was completed and aired in 2009. Two stations share the honor for Stations of the Year in the Radio Division 1, large market radio stations, KUNM FM, owned by the University of New Mexico, and KKOB AM, owned by Citadel Broadcasting.

Other awards KUNM received are:

Public Service Campaign
KUNM-FM Domestic Violence
Jim Williams, News Director/Reporter

Morning Newscasts, Elaine Baumgartel, Morning Host/Reporter
Breaking News

Lawsuit Filed over State Investment Funds
General News

Medicaid Worries Elaine Baumgartel, Reporter/Host
Feature News

"El Rinconcito", Northern New Mexicans Profiled Chellis Glendinning, Writer; Grace Berge, Producer
Continuing Coverage

Sun Cal TIDDs

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales, (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu