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At the April 9 Colorado Broadcasters Association annual conference and gala on April 9, Heart of the Rockies Radio received 16 awards for its broadcast work. Included in the awards was the prestigious Station of the Year honor for KWUZ-FM Hippie Radio 97.5.

“Great people make for great local radio and I’m proud to say that we are surrounded by great true local broadcasters,” said Heart of the Rockies Radio President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Buchanan. “Sixty-nine Awards of Broadcast Excellence and twice selected Small Market Station of the Year in the last eight years –I am very proud of the team at Heart of the Rockies Radio group in Salida.”

The awards handed out on Saturday night included:

Best Station Sponsored Community Event: Drive By Food Drive    Terry West

Best On-Air Contest: Florida Georgia Line Movie Concert Contest   Terry West

Best Station Imaging: The Valley 102.9    Terry West

Best Commercial: Sprockets  Terry West / Terri Buchanan

Best Community Service Campaign: Pet of the Week  Terry West

Best Afternoon Show: The Peak 92.3  Terry West

Best Station Personality: Terry West

Best Station Website: Heartoftherockiesradio.com  Terry West

Best Radio Podcast: Fantastic Realms  Terry West

Best Use of Digital/Social Media: Holiday Shopping Expo/Christmas Cash Giveaway  Terry West/Dan R

Best Newscast: Heart of the Rockies Radio News    Dan R

Best Morning Show: Hippie Radio 97.5     Dan R

Best Station Personality: Dan R

Best Station Imaging: Hippie Radio 97.5  Dan R

Best Sports Coverage: High School Football with Andrew Stossmeister and Len Gates

Station of the Year: Hippie Radio 97.5

Ark Valley Voice (AVV) congratulates Heart of the Rockies Radio on the awards. As a four-year-old digital news media platform, AVV has already won nine Colorado Press Association (CPA) awards of excellence in the past two years of membership in the CPA.