The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has announced its yearly awards and McPherson Radio was honored with first place in one of the most prestigious categories.
The duo of Jim Joyner and Steve Sell won top honors for Play-by-Play in the Medium Market for their call of the McPherson High-Bishop Miege Class 4A Division I state championship basketball game on 96.7 KBBE-FM in which the Bullpups came from 9 points down in regulation to force overtime, then outscored the Stags in the extra session for a 62-58 win.
“Everyone at KNGL/KBBE congratulates Jim and Steve for receiving the KAB first-place Sports Play-by-Play award in the Medium Market,” station owners Diane and Jerry Davies said in a press release. “We knew the first time they were together calling the games that they had a special sound that not many sports announcers achieve working together. The response from radio listeners and coaches has been fantastic. We are looking forward to the new season with Jim Joyner and Steve Sell at the microphones.”
Both have been highly decorated this year. Joyner earlier was named Kansas Sportscaster of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, while Sell was named Sports Writer of the Year by Kansas Interscholastic Administrators Association (KIAA).
This is Joyner’s fifth award from the KAB, but his first that wasn’t in the student media category. While at Baker University, Joyner won first place in Sports Play-by-Play twice (2015, 2016) and finished in second place once (2014). He was also a two-time recipient of the KAB Scholarship.
Sell is one of only two sports writers in Kansas history to be named the Oscar Stauffer Sports Writer of the Year twice. He has received the KIAA honor twice and also this fall will be honored as the 2018 Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Sports Writer of the Year, also his second honor from that orgnization.
Joyner is beginning his second year as “Voice of the Bullpups,” while Sell is starting his 40th year of covering local sports, the last seven with McPherson Radio.
Joyner and Sell are the first at KNGL/KBBE to be honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters since Claude Hughes won the Sonny Slater Award in 2000.
Two former KNGL/KBBE News and Sports Directors, Nick Gosnell and Chris Swick, also won KAB Awards this year. Gosnell won first place for Complete Newscast as well as first place for Complete Severe Weather Coverage with WIBW in Topeka. Swick won second place for Spot News for KMAN in Manhattan.
The KAB Awards Banquet will be held in Wichita in October.
For those who want to listen to the winning entry, the link is: