KMHD Named Best Jazz Radio Station in the US
Posted: Sept. 5, 2012
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is pleased to announce that KMHD Jazz Radio has been named Station of the Year by JazzWeek, an industry publication. The award is for markets with 1- 25 jazz radio stations.
The award was presented at the annual JazzWeek Awards dinner held as part of the JazzWeek Summit on Thursday, Aug. 30 in Detroit. The JazzWeek Summit is an annual conference focusing on programming, promotion, business and technology issues facing jazz radio and jazz record promotion.
This is the only award of its kind for the jazz radio industry. KMHD competed against stations in the top 25 metropolitan areas of the country, including stations in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and San Diego.
MHCC and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) formed a partnership in 2009 to operate KMHD-FM (89.1). Listeners may stream KMHD at KMHD.org or tune in OPB TV channel 13.
MHCC President Lauds OPB
Mike Hay, MHCC president said, “Congratulations to OPB for programming consistency and style. It is a great partnership.”
Steve Bass, OPB CEO, said, “This is an amazing accomplishment. In the three years since Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon Public Broadcasting formed the partnership to operate KMHD, the station has increased its audience and become a more important part of Portland's cultural landscape.”
Bass added, “JazzWeek's recognition of how far KMHD has come is a testament to the great work that KMHD's staff and volunteers have accomplished. This partnership has allowed an important cultural asset and a unique format to be not just preserved but enhanced.”
Matt Fleeger, KMHD Program Director, called the award a “prestigious honor” and said, “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our listeners and members in Portland and worldwide. It’s a testament to how much our city loves and supports this music.”