For the fourth consecutive year, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters names KWCH 12 the Large Market Television Station of the Year. In addition to the Station of the Year honor, KWCH 12 received eight first-place and eight second-place awards.  The Station of the Year award is based on overall station performance in individual and group categories.

“It's always an honor to be recognized by your peers with awards,” Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. President and General Manager Joan Barrett said. “The real reward is knowing that we are our viewers first choice for news, weather, sports on-line and on-air every day.”

The entire KWCH 12 Eyewitness News team was recognized for its coverage of the failed suicide bombing attempt at Mid-Continent Airport, winning first place in the category of Single Topic/Event News Coverage. The news team also took first place in the category of Best Prime Newscast and Best Station Website.

In addition to television awards, Storm Team 12 Meteorologist Ross Janssen provided valuable weather coverage as part of KFDI FM’s award-winning weather coverage in the radio category of Complete Severe Weather Coverage.

The Kansas Association of Broadcaster television and radio awards are selected through peer judging performed by broadcasters in other markets.

First-Place Awards:

  • Best Prime Newscast: Jake Copp, Roger Cornish, Melissa Scheffler, and Ross Janssen for KWCH 12 Eyewitness News at 6:00 p.m.
  • Single Topic/Event News Coverage: The Eyewitness News Team for coverage of the suicide bomb plot.
  • Special Program: Brian Gordon, Rob Schunn, Tim Steinert, Scott McMullen, and George Taylor for Rockin’ the Roundhouse: Shocker Basketball Special.
  • Commercial Any Length:  Eddie Gilmer and Dave Lyon for Eric Fisher Academy, “Your Face Here.”
  • Commercial Series: Eron Rawson for Ark Valley Orthotics, “Set Free.”
  • Station Promotion Campaign: Stephanie Huff, Eron Rawson, and Dominic Gauna for “The Weather Experts.”
  • Station Website: Dan Rivers, Anne Pham, John Boyd, Jessica Reber, Angela Smith, and Shawn Hilferty for KWCH.com
  • Non Metro News Feature: Heather Williams for “Natoma Gets a Kick Out of Meiers.”

Second-Place Awards:

  • AM/Noon Newscast: Chelsey Moran, Kara Sewell, Brian Heap, Mark Larson, and Jennifer for KWCH 12 Eyewiness News This Morning
  • News Feature/Enterprise Story: George Taylor for “Other Orange Bell.”
  • Sportscast: Jenn Bates, Danilynn Welniak, and Grant Meech
  • Weathercast: Ross Janssen
  • In-Depth Reporting: Michael Schwanke and Rob Schunn for “Answers for Adam.”
  • Non Metro News Feature: Heather Williams for “Nolan Sinclair”
  • Non Metro Single Event News: Heather Williams for “FHSU Still Open.”
  • Non Metro In-Depth Reporting: Heather Williams for “FHSU President.”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Commercial Series: Eddie Gilmer for Tabor College “Be Prepared.”


About Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc.:  KWCH-TV, a CBS affiliate, is licensed to the Wichita-Hutchinson market.  As the flagship of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., KWCH oversees satellite stations KBSH-TV in Hays, Kansas, KBSD-TV in Dodge City, Kansas, and KBSL-TV in Goodland, Kansas.  Sunflower Broadcasting also operates KSCW-TV and KDCU-TV.  Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. is owned by Schurz Communications, Inc., a diversified privately-owned communication company based in South Bend, Indiana.  Schurz (www.schurz.com) publishes 12 daily newspapers, has seven television stations, seven radio stations, two cable companies, a printing company and shopper publications.