KRSN AM 1490 is Crystal Radio Award Finalist

KRSN Morning Show Co-host Nancy Coombs, left, with Station Co-owners David and Gillian Sutton. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

KRSN News:

KRSN AM 1490 station owners David and Gillian Sutton traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to attend the National Association of Broadcasting Convention April 15-17.

At the beginning of March, they learned they were finalists for the prestigious Crystal Radio Award.

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms.

On April 17, the Suttons attended the Crystal Radio Award Luncheon to learn whether KRSN would be recognized as a top 10 radio station in the country.  

Unfortunately, they were not but here is why they made the finals”

  • KRSN has been Los Alamos’ radio station for 67 years. 
  • KRSN serves a community of 17,000 and residents in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties.
  • KRSN is the only radio station that broadcasts local news, weather and high school sports specifically for Los Alamos.

The KRSN staff includes David and Gillian Sutton, Nancy Combs, Alexis Palmaffy, Joe Pestovich, sportscasters Gene Mortensen and Rick Picard and volunteers, all dedicated to keeping the community informed and entertained.

“We pride ourselves in serving the community’s interests,” Gillian said.

KRSN conducted more than 500 public service interviews in 2011, providing information on issues and actions happening around the community.

As the Las Conchas Fire – New Mexico’s largest wildfire in history – burned around Los Alamos causing a week-long full town evacuation, KRSN remained in town to broadcast information on the fire’s status and keep the public informed of new developments. 

KRSN’s signature community service event is the annual Empty Bowls Project.

In 2011, KRSN raised more than $12,000 for Self Help Inc. 

“We’ve donated over 6,600 Public Service Announcements with a value of over $74,000,” David said. “Our sports casting included 74 games of eight varsity sports. We are a dedicated small market radio station serving Los Alamos.”

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