The 2020 Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) convention was held Saturday after being delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the Raccoon Valley Radio news department went home with several honors.
The event was held in Pella and included an assortment of learning sessions throughout the day and the awards banquet in the evening. Among the recognition for Raccoon Valley Radio News was Greene County News Director Coltrane Carlson earning first place in general reporting in the small market radio division. Carlson also earned second and third place honors in the feature and farm and agribusiness categories, respectively, and Guthrie County News Director Sam McIntosh received third place in spot news coverage. Finally, the Severe Weather Action Team as a whole earned a second place award for weather coverage.
The IBNA awards are handed out once a year, with small and large market radio and television stations taking part, as well as college radio and television programs. The honorees are selected by out of state judges. The awards ceremony is typically held in April every year, but due to COVID-19, it was delayed to Saturday.