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Krystal 93 is station of the year

FRISCO – The Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) named local radio station KYSL-FM, or Krystal 93, its medium-market Station of the Year for 2002 at its recent Awards of Excellence ceremony in Denver.Approximately 400 radio and television broadcasters attend the annual awards ceremony.”I’m so proud of the upbeat, professional team we’ve assembled at Krystal 93,” said general manager Maureen Bennett. “Station of the Year is an honor that’s difficult to achieve and one we’re thrilled to have. We plan to continue providing our listeners with only the best music, news, road information, and community-oriented programs.”KYSL outscored other radio stations in its market size – the primary competitors were KIUP/KIQ/KRSJ of Durango, and KMTS in Glenwood Springs.Krystal 93 won 11 first-place categories – in 14 of the 21 possible categories – and six second-place Certificates of Merit. KYSL swept three categories, taking both first and second places.Krystal 93’s recent “Talking Cars” was selected as the state’s Best Entertainment Program for a third straight year. The “Krystal Concert” came in second, sweeping the entertainment program category. Morning man Tom Fricke and afternooner T.J. Sanders were named first and second, in turn, as best station entertainment personalities. News and sports director Jim Williams captured both first and second place in the best newscast category.”I’m speechless, and that doesn’t often happen,” Williams said of his award. “This is a stunning moment – a feeling I can’t compare to anything else in my career or life. It was a joy to earn this, because Summit County is such a wonderful, selfless community. It’s one I feel privileged to serve.”Krystal’s “Hockey Night In Summit County” was honored for best sports coverage for the second time.December’s annual Microphone Marathon for the Family and Intercultural Resource Center was named the state’s best station-sponsored community event. Creative holiday greetings assembled by Fricke were recognized as the No. 1 Image Marketing Campaign for a station. The year’s best remote broadcast emanated from the top of Copper Mountain’s climbing wall during three days last June, with former staffer James O’Neill on the air. Krystal’s Web site,, won best Web site of the year. The autumn bike endurance event “Amy & Ellie’s Great Adventure” was the best sales promotion of the year. Drive-timers Fricke and Sanders were recognized as best morning and best afternoon program, respectively.Remaining second-place awards for Krystal came for the “Open Mic” series of public service announcements in the best community service campaign category; the “Sounds of Summer” in best on-air contest; and promotion of the Backstage Theatre’s re-enactment of “War of The Worlds” in the best commercial area.An individual honor outside the Station Of The Year competition went to Williams for his commitment and service to the community. He was named the CBA’s medium-market broadcast citizen of the year for 2002.Krystal 93, which went on the air in 1988 as “Krystal 92,” celebrates its 15th anniversary in late May. KYSL has been owned since its inception by attorney and former TV reporter Ann Penny. Krystal 93 plays adult album alternative music but provides the local community a wide variety of other programs. Its signal covering Summit and Eagle Counties comes from America’s highest broadcast transmitter, at 11,700 feet atop Peak One-Half, above Frisco.

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