The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded KVPI-FM, Oldies 92-5, its Radio Station of the Year honor in the Small Market category. The award was presented Thursday at the group’s annual Prestige Awards banquet in Baton Rouge. This is the second year in a row, KVPI-FM has won Radio Station of the Year.
KVPI Office Manager Bonnie Fontenot was presented the 2012 Distinguished Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters for her 54 years of service to the company as book keeper.
The award was presented to KVPI AM/FM General Manager Mark Layne for the station’s community service efforts. During the year, the radio station participated in numerous community events from a 4-H livestock show in January, festival remotes, Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society, Election Returns, Parish Centennial at the courthouse, fund raising drive for youth baseball and softball and an all day remote for the Food for Families Food Drive in December.
In addition, KVPI-FM conducted more than 36 community service interviews with public officials and community leaders.
The radio station is a strong supporter of our Cajun culture and heritage through its programming with local newscasts all in French, Tradio and La Tasse De Café. It also sponsors the monthly “La Table Francais” program at a local restaurant for local residents to meet together and converse in Cajun French.
KVPI-FM also supports our Louisiana Swamp Pop music by devoting an entire day to the music every Friday. It co-sponsors with the City of Ville Platte, an annual benefit dance to raise money for the Louisiana Swamp Pop museum.
KVPI Sports covered more than 180 local sporting events in 2011 including high school football, basketball, baseball and softball, LSU Eunice basketball, baseball and softball along with Ville Platte Dixie Youth baseball and Girls Softball. Travel wise, KVPI Sports was again all over the state and the country. We traveled to Texas,, Mississippi, Illinois and North Carolina. In Illinois, the LSU E Lady Bengals won the Division Two National Championship. We followed the Ville Platte 12 year old baseball team to the Dixie Youth World Series in North Carolina. In all ,we covered games for seven high schools, a junior college, and five youth summer league all star teams. Sports Director Randy Guillory travelled more than 10,000 miles covering sporting events for KVPI.
Layne thanked the broadcasters for the award ,station listeners and clients and a special thanks to Ville Platte Broadcasting Company for their support and encouragement.