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KELOLAND Pet Food Drive Feeds South Dakota Pets

Date Posted: 10/18/2023

The annual KELOLAND Pet Food Drive from Hearst Television’s KELO Sioux Falls in South Dakota has been feeding pets for a decade. This year, the station collected 5,794 pounds of pet food and $1,200 in cash, as well as additional pet supplies. “This is our way of helping those people in our community and families that are maybe struggling to keep their pets because pets bring a lot of emotional support, a lot of stress relief,” said Madison Godschalk of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting Honored For Investigative Journalism

Date Posted: 5/6/2021

South Dakota Public Broadcasting earned a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award for their reporting on the issue of fireworks at Mount Rushmore, detailing the history of displays, fire risks, water pollution and other environmental concerns. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are announced each year by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

KELO Sioux Falls Highlights Rosebud Sioux Tribe Vaccine Clinics

Date Posted: 4/9/2021

Nexstar Media Groups CBS/MyNetworkTV affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., aired a report on January 22 about a vaccination clinic held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by the Rosebud Indian Health Service (IHS) to get members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe vaccinated.

The goal was to get 500 people vaccinated with their first dose, and at the end of the day 572 individuals were vaccinated. Rodney Bordeaux, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said, The cooperation between the tribe and IHS has been great. He emphasized the tribes efforts to educate people about the vaccine through social media, television and radio. Based on the positive feedback, IHS will hold mass vaccination clinics every Thursday moving forward, in addition to scheduled appointments available Monday through Wednesday.

KEVN Honors Graduates

Date Posted: 5/14/2020

Grays Fox affiliate KEVN-TV Rapid City, S.D. worked We with the Rapid City School district to honor graduating seniors in the three public high schools. They recorded 1,000 students walking across the stage, in small groups and social distancing. They also taped speeches with the principals, valedictorian, salutatorian and key members of staff. On June 7, KEVN aired and streamed the virtual graduations.

KELO Lights Up 200-Foot Beacon of Hope

Date Posted: 3/17/2020

Nexstars dual CBS / MyNetworkTV affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., turned on the decorative lights to its 200-foot tall tower, known as the KELOLAND Holideck Tower, as a tribute to everyone working to curb the spread of COVID-19. Normally used during the holidays, KELO will leave the lights on 24 hours a day as a sign of hope for the community.

KXLG-FM Awarded 2018 NAB Crystal Radio Award

Date Posted: 11/1/2018

KXLG-FM Watertown, S.D. was awarded the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Among their outstanding public service, KXLG-FM listeners raised over $73,000 for charity in 2017.

Alpha Media Watertown Raises $115,000 for Childrens Miracle Network

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

Alpha Medias KDLO-FM and KSDR-FM Watertown, S.D., raised over $115,000 for Childrens Miracle Network in a radiothon held April 12 - 13. The stations broadcast live each day for 12 hours and received promotional support from sister stations KIXX-FM and KWAT-FM.

Record Amount Raised By South Dakota Cluster

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Townsquares KKLS-FM, KMXC-FM, KIKN-FM, KSOO-AM, KYBB-FM Sioux Falls raised a record $329,000 for Sanford Childrens Hospital in the Cure Kids Cancer radiothon, held March 22-23. All proceeds benefit Sanford Childrens Hospital in Sioux Falls.

KELO-TV Investigates Education Initiative

Date Posted: 7/5/2017

Nexstars CBS affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., aired an in-depth investigative report on the GEAR UP scandal. The U.S. Department of Education awarded South Dakota $62 million in 2005 to help prepare Native American students for college. The state was required to match every federal dollar. KELO uncovered several issues with the grant money, including a lack of data proving that any Native American student attended college because of GEAR UP.

Radiothon Raises $325,000

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

Townsquare Medias KKLS-FM, KMXC-FM, KYBB-FM, KIKN-FM, KSOO-AM Sioux Falls, S.D. raised $325,000 in their 10th Annual Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon at the Sanford Childrens Hospital, held March 2 3. All funds support programs for children at the hospital.

Alpha Media Stations Raise Toys and Money for Area Families

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Alpha Medias Brookings, South Dakota stations KKQQ-FM, KBRK-AM/FM, KDBX and KJJQ concluded 2016 by collecting $70,000 for Project Joy. Thirty five thousand dollars in toys was collected and an additional $35,000 was raised in cash donations to purchase toys and clothing for 458 kids in Brookings County. Project Joy gives families in need an opportunity to receive holiday gifts through the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations.

KELO-TV Sioux Falls Distributes 4,000 Coats

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Media Generals CBS affiliate KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., distributed more than 4,000 coats last month. "Operation KEEP KELOLAND Warm" was inspired by a homeless womans death from exposure to extreme cold. Local temperatures can fall to 42 degrees below zero. More than 300 people attended each of the four distribution events, where they selected coats, hats, gloves and scarves. Watch video.

Sioux Falls Radiothon Nets $204,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Midwest Communications KELO-AM and KTWB-FM Sioux Falls, S.D. raised $204,000 for Sanford Childrens Hospital in their 10th annual radiothon, The money helps fund specialized equipment, hospital programs and services for families. (Watch video).

Riverfront Broadcasting Named 2014 Broadcasters of the Year for South Dakota

Date Posted: 9/15/2014

Riverfront Broadcasting was named 2014 Broadcasters of the Year at the South Dakota State Broadcasters Annual State Leadership Conference. Riverfront Broadcastings eight stations in South Dakota are KYNT-AM, KKYA-FM, KDAM-FM, KCCR-AM, KLXS-FM, KCCR-FM, KORN-AM and KQRN-FM. KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. was specifically recognized for its outstanding public service. KYNT-AM helped to raise over $800,000 for local charitable organizations. KYNT-AM won a 2013 NAB Crystal Radio Award.

Schurzs Rapid City Cluster Raises $87K for Local CMN Hospital

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Schurz Communications radio stations in Rapid City, S.D., including KKMK-FM, KOUT-FM, KFXS-FM and KRCS-FM, hosted the "One Call, One Miracle Radiothon" last month to support the Childrens Miracle Network (CMN). The event broadcast live from the Rapid City Regional Hospital and featured stories of local children and families. The radiothon raised more than $87,000 to support the local hospital.

KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. Wins 2014 NAB Crystal Award

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Riverfront Broadcastings KYNT-AM Yankton, S.D. won a 2014 NAB Crystal Radio Award for its commitment to informing and serving its local community. KYNT-AM is owned by a female minority and her husband, who both grew up and still live in Yankton. This gives them a unique appreciation for the community, which is passed on to the staff. KYNT-AMs employees are involved in local schools, churches and organizations. In fact, in 2013, the community-minded staff donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours. The same year, KYNT-AM provided more than 11,000 minutes of public service announcements. The station also helped local charitable organizations raise more than $800,000.

KSFY-TV Helps Save Lives With Severe Weather Coverage

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Hoak Media-owned KSFY-TV in Sioux City, S.D. helped saved lives with its coverage of recent severe weather that swept through the South Dakota viewing area. KSFY-TV interrupted regularly scheduled programming to warn viewers of an approaching tornado and encourage them to seek shelter. A local Sioux City resident saw the weather coverage on KSFY-TV and called her granddaughter to warn her. The womans granddaughter and her family were able to get to safety before the tornado subsequently hit their house. Despite this lifesaving effort, several South Dakota residents called into the station to complain that they missed episodes of their regularly scheduled programming. In response to the complaints, KSFY-TV anchor, Nancy Naeve, went on air to appeal to viewers about the important role stations play in weather emergencies and the need to interrupt programming when lives are at stake. Click here to watch the video.

Don Jacobs Selected as 2013 Broadcaster of the Year for His Community Outreach Efforts

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Don Jake Jacobs, General Manager of Results Radio and Market Manager of Townsquare Media in Sioux Falls was honored as the 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association (SDBA) at their Annual State Leadership Conference in Rapid City, S.D. The award is given to broadcasters who are especially active in community affairs. Jacobs writes, produces and airs monthly messages to promote broadcasting, local businesses and personal growth and development. Jake has served on numerous local nonprofit boards, and through his leadership at Results Radio, has helped raise money and create awareness for countless organizations helping thousands of people. In the past 5 years alone, Don has helped raise more than $1 million dollars for Cure Kids Cancer and more than $1.5 million dollars for Make-A-Wish.

KZZI-FM Raises $45,000 for Local Ranchers Who Lost Livestock

Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Duhamel Broadcastings KZZI-FM Rapid City, S.D., recently hosted a three-day fundraiser to support local ranchers that were affected by a blizzard in October. The storm dumped more than four feet of snow in parts of western South Dakota and killed more than 100,000 cattle and livestock. Through KZZI-FMs radiothon, the Ranchers Relief Fundraiser raised nearly $45,000 from listener pledges and donations from local businesses.

House Candidates Clash on Washington Gridlock

Date Posted: 11/12/2012

Young Broadcastings KELO-TV Sioux Falls, S.D., televised a debate on Nov. 2 between congressional candidates Rep. Kristi Noem and challenger Matt Varilek. In their fourth and final debate, Noem and Varilek discussed taxes, Medicare, congressional spending, health care and the Farm Bill.

KDLT in Sioux Falls Donates Hundreds of Coats for Kids

Date Posted: 1/12/2012

Red River Broadcasting Companys NBC affiliate KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D. participated in its 24th annual Coats for Kids campaign, during which the station and local sponsors called on the community to donate new or gently-used coats. The Salvation Army distributed the hundreds of donated coats to children who need them. Click here to watch KDLT-TVs PSA encouraging viewers to contribute to the coat drive.

KOTA-TV and KOTA-AM Helps Feed the Hungry

For more than two decades, KOTA-TV and KOTA-AM in Rapid City, S.D., have partnered with the Boy Scouts and South Dakota Army National Guard to feed the hungry. Over the years, the annual KOTA Care & Share Food Drive has collected more than 6 million pounds of food and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to help those less fortunate. Each year, the main collection occurs from Thanksgiving to January. During this time, Boy Scouts leave and then collect donations bags from viewers front doors. The stations run hundreds of public service announcements, including reminders on when bags are being dropped off and picked up. The stations supported the most recent drive with multiple interviews and news stories, which helped bring in the nearly 250,000 pounds of food and $50,000. To provide resources for the needy year-round, the stations team with businesses and groups to create additional events to replenish area food banks at other times of the year. The "Worlds Largest Drive By," where viewers and listeners driving by the KOTA studios are invited to stop and enjoy a bagel and cup of coffee in exchange for a donation of canned food, is just one example. "We literally wouldnt be doing what we are without KOTAs support," said Matt Gassen, director of Community Food Banks of South Dakota. "They provide integral support to stock our food pantries for those that need food assistance." The success of the Care & Share Food Drive has inspired the Boy Scouts to adopt similar efforts nationwide.

KMXC-FM and KIKN-FM Hosts Radiothon for Sick Children

For 36 hours, KMXC-FM and KIKN-FM in Sioux Falls, S.D., broadcast from the lobby of Sanford Hospital to raise awareness of the lifesaving treatments the facility provides and raise funds for kids battling cancer. In its inaugural year, the "Results Radio Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon" generated more than $150,000 for local pediatric patients. During the three-day broadcast, morning show teams conducted interviews with patients, families, workers and volunteers. The broadcast, layered with music montages, gave listeners a window into the many lives the hospital touches. Starting a month before the radiothon, the stations ran daily recorded announcements, included live mentions during programming, and conducted in-studio interviews with representatives from the hospital. After the radiothon, the stations followed up with stories about how listener donations are supporting Sanfords pediatric patients and their families. "Cure Kids Cancer has been an amazing new endeavor, and our first event, the Results Radio Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon is no exception," said Amy Sumner, program director for Cure Kids Cancer. "Throughout three days, we met several amazing families and courageous children who shared their story in an effort to help other families such as theirs. We are so blessed to live in such a generous community and look forward to coming together again next year."

KSOO-AM Collects Donations for Struggling Families

With the support of KSOO-AM in Sioux Falls, S.D., a holiday effort to help families struggling financially, which was started by two couples out of their garage, has grown into a nonprofit organization involving thousands of volunteers and serving hundreds of families annually. The station provides $35,000 of in-kind donations to Sioux Falls Cares each year and is involved in its holiday drive from top to bottom. Six weeks of promotions, including live reads, interviews and recorded announcements aid in driving donations and soliciting volunteers. With the money collected, community members go to market and buy everything from food staples to clothing to Christmas presents. Each family recipient of the holiday giving receives a truckload of items. During the most recent event, 750 families were served over a two-day distribution. Six KSOO staff members serve on the Sioux Falls Cares committee and donate their talents and time during the drive. Dave Roberts, program director of KSOO, was honored as the "2007 Broadcaster of the Year" by the South Dakota Broadcasters Association for his involvement in community affairs, including his contributions to Sioux Falls Cares.

KEVN-TV Funds Scholarship Program

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Its not your grandmothers essay contest. A unique scholarship opportunity funded by KEVN-TV in Rapid City, S.D., invites high school students to apply for $2,500 toward their college tuition by submitting a video essay. Applications for the "Rising Star of the West Scholarship" come from the entire viewing area, and the top 20 students visit the KEVN studio to tape an additional essay. For a month, these essays play as segments during the 9 p.m. newscast. Viewers are invited to judge the students on content and presentation, then vote for their favorite online on the station Web site, where streaming video of all 20 students is featured. Four finalists emerge, each of whom records a five-part essay series that airs over the course of a week. For three months during the first half of the school year, KEVN gears students up for the on-air competition with news stories, recorded on-air promotions, newspaper ads, letters sent to principals at all high schools in the community, a press release and a Web site presence. The stations news crew makes in-school visits as well. This years winner, Kaitlyn Hemmingson, plans to study mass communications at South Dakota State University in the fall.

KCCR-AM and KLXS-FM Provides Critical Weather Information to Listeners

In a year that brought blizzards, severe summer rains, flooding and storms, listeners relied upon KCCR-AM and KLXS-FM in Pierre, S.D., during times of severe weather. In June 2008, when a notable summer storm brought golf-ball-sized hail, 80-mile-an-hour winds and flooding, the stations broke from regular programming for five hours. On-air personalities Tony Mangan and D.T. Meyer provided crucial information, alerting listeners not to drive in the storm and sharing information from emergency responders. The stations updated their Web sites to reflect information as they received it. Both on the air and at a city commissioner meeting, Mayor Dennis Eisnach publicly thanked the stations for their work in the face of the storm. In a letter to Mangan and Meyer, Eisnach wrote, I want to thank both of you for all you do for our community, from reporting emergencies to promoting events to educating the public.

KELO-TV Provides Free Air Time for Multiple Organizations

Fourteen nonprofit organizations will receive $150,000 in air time from KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., as part of the stations Tradition of Caring grant program. Recipients were chosen from more than 260 applicants across the stations broadcast area. The nonprofit organizations chosen include a community food bank, an association serving women refugees and a rural health care agency. We were amazed by the response to this program. We learned a great deal about the needs in our area and those organizations trying to meet those needs, said KELO Station Manager Jay Huizenga. While only 14 were chosen, we dont plan to forget the others in future public service efforts and in news coverage. KELO has listed all the organizations that applied for the grant on its Web site as a community resource.

KBRK-AM Collects Supplies for Neighboring Town

With the help of its listeners, KBRK-AM, Brookings, S.D., delivered much needed aid to the neighboring city of Aberdeen after an intense downpour brought more than 10 inches of rain and flooded the area. More than three-quarters of Aberdeen homes were affected, creating a high demand for cleaning supplies, rubber boots and jackets. KBRK quickly organized a flood bucket drive, airing 150 public service announcements asking listeners to help and listing needed items on the stations Web site. Rising to the occasion, the community brought 250 flood buckets filled with supplies to the stations parking lot. KBRK General Manger Cami Powers personally drove a moving truck filled with the donations to the Red Cross office in Aberdeen.

KSFY-TV Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Each year, "Hot Harley Nights," supported by KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., keeps getting hotter. The signature event raises funds for the South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation and has grown significantly during its 12-year history. In total, "Hot Harley Nights" has brought in $1.2 million, enough to grant hundreds of childrens wishes. Tens of thousands of community members from the stations three-state broadcast region attend the festivities, benefiting both the charity and local tourism. The station produces and airs special news segments and public service announcements to draw the crowds. Events take place for three days and include a parade, bike show, live music, silent auction, raffles, a casino run and a large outdoor party. Last year, more than 40,000 people gathered for the festivities, raising more than $180,000 to allow children facing terminal illnesses a day to just be a kid.

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