Kvoe-AM was one of 10 radio stations who were awarded the National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The awards were handed out at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon. The luncheon featured a keynote address was from entertainer Donny Osmond. Major League Baseball radio broadcaster Bob Uecker was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Kvoe provided this description of its accomplishments in 2011:
“Kvoe began in 1939 as KTSW, but was changed to Kvoe in 1952 by new ownership to reflect Kansas’ Voice of Emporia. We take tremendous pride in the more than 70 years Kvoe has been the Voice of Emporia, as the only station in our market providing live and local news, weather, and sports. Kvoe’s biggest community service project each year is the Drive for Food which collected over 22,000 non-perishable food items for Salvation Army food pantry in 2011. Kvoe also hosts the annual National Teacher’s Hall of Fame radio auction on our airwaves, which in 2011 raised $17,000. Kvoe promotes local non-profit activities and fundraisers by airing interviews, announcements and remote broadcasts for free. In 2011, Kvoe aired over 570 live interviews, over 5,000 minutes of PSAs, over 5,200 live reads, and over 60 free remote broadcasts. Kvoe staffers on a weekly basis take turns delivering Friendship Meals to the elderly and shut-ins. ‘Live and Local’ is not just our slogan, it’s what we do and how we live.”