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News directors group hands out awards

KCBS All News 740 was the big winner in the 25th annual Northern California Radio-Television News Directors Association news competition, taking home nine awards. KNTV NBC 11 was second, with six awards, and KGO NewsTalk 810 and KCLU-FM tied for third place with five awards each.

The awards were presented Saturday at a banquet at the ABC Broadcast Center in San Francisco. Former KRON news anchor Tom Sinkovitz was the master of ceremonies, with NorCal RTNDA Vice President Janice Gin, assistant news director at KTVU, handing out the plaques.

A highlight was the presentation of lifetime achievement awards to KCBS Radio’s Al Hart (left) and KGO TV’s longtime meteorologist Joel Bartlett (right).

Best television newscast plaques for Class “AA” went to KGO ABC 7’s “ABC 7 News at 6PM,” in the 60-minutes category, and to KPIX CBS 5’s “Eyewitness News at 11,” for its 30-minute newscast.

In Class “A,” the award for the best 60-minute newscast went to KSEE 24 in Fresno’s “News at 6.” For the 30-minute newscast in the Class A category, the plaque went to KGPE 47, also in Fresno.

The radio Class “AA” plaque went to KGO-AM, “KGO Morning News,” for a program over 15 minutes. The under-15-minute radio winner in Class “A” was KNCO in Grass Valley.

A complete list of winners can be found on the association’s Web site at www.norcalrtnda.com.

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