KIHR reaps Oregon Broadcasters’ awards

KIHR’s “Mid Columbia Today Show” has received the Oregon Association of Broadcasters’ award for Best Public Affairs Program on radio.

The prestigious award is given annually to a radio station that provides outstanding coverage to concerns and issues in their community.

Competition for the award includes stations from all over the state.

“The Mid Columbia Today Show” is hosted by Mark Bailey and Jeff Skye and airs from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday on KIHR AM 1340 in Hood River and KACI AM 1300 in The Dalles.

The show covers local topics ranging from car care to politics and includes listener call-ins.

The award was given in part for the stations’ interviews with Oregon gubernatorial candidates and for coverage of the Wal Mart expansion controversy.

KIHR and KACI AM are owned and operated by Columbia Gorge Broadcasters, Inc. Company president Gary Grossman praised show hosts Mark Bailey and Jeff Skye.

“Mark and Jeff do a great job covering the issues Mid-Columbians care about. They competed against broadcasters from all over Oregon, including Portland radio stations, for this award. Taking home this prestigious award says a lot about their commitment to providing quality news and information.”

Mark Bailey also won runner-up for OAB’s “Radio Sports Announcer of the Year.” Bailey won the award in 2001, 2000 and in 1996.

He’s also received awards from the Associated Press Broadcasters for best sports coverage for 11 of the last 12 years. Mark Bailey was recently named corporate News/Sports Director for Columbia Gorge Broadcasters.

Jeff Skye is the morning personality on KIHR AM 1340. He was recently named Operations Manager and Program Manager for KMSW 92.7, the company’s new classic rock station that went on the air Oct. 1.

Columbia Gorge Broadcasters, Inc. is owned by Greg and Mylene Walden. In addition to KIHR, KACI AM, and KMSW, the company operates KACI 97.7 and K105.5. This year KIHR will celebrate 51 years of broadcasting in the Gorge.

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