Saturday 11th July 2020

Excellence of Tornado Coverage for KIX 101.1 and 1230 KFJB

On July 19th, 2018 a tornado outbreak spread across Central Iowa which included an EF3 tornado that tore through the city of Marshalltown.

Iowa’s Best Country, KIX 101.1 and News Talk 1230 KFJB have been awarded two awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) for their detailed tornado coverage including:

  • 1st Place: Excellence in Weather Coverage
  • 1st Place: Spot News

IBNA Judges made the following observations when the awards were announced:

For Excellence in Weather Coverage judges stated the coverage from KIX 101.1 and KFJB was “Very informative with the storm bearing down on you.”

As for the Spot News reporting the judges specified “Great reporting, remained calm and gave lots of information.  This is why people turn to their radio.”

General Manager of KIX 101.1 and 1230 KFJB Todd Steinkamp said, “Our coverage of the July 19th Tornadoes was a shining moment during a dark time.  I am so proud of every single staff member on our team.  It was because of them and their hard work that we were able to get out important information in real time and save lives.  We are honored to have won these awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association.”

Each year radio and television stations from throughout Iowa gather for the Iowa Broadcast News Association Annual Convention and Awards Banquet.  This year the banquet was held at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center, in Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

 You can hear segments of coverage from the July 19th, 2018 tornado on KIX 101.1 and 1230 KFJB here.



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