Cumulus Albuquerque Radio Stations Honored With Nine New Mexico Broadcasters Association Excellence in Broadcasting Awards

96.3 News Radio KKOB Honored as Station of the Year for the Second Consecutive Year

Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque, said “I am so proud of our team in Albuquerque. It’s wonderful that the broadcasting community hears and recognizes what I get to see every day. A staff of professionals that are committed to bringing their ‘A’ game to our fans, listeners and communities in the Albuquerque and surrounding markets.”

John Summers, News Director, 96.3 News Radio KKOB, said: “It’s the hard work and dedication to factual journalism that brings success. Each knows and understands just how important their work is in relaying details correctly and concepts honestly. The bottom line is simple. They love what they do. And it shows.”

Cumulus Albuquerque radio stations were honored with the following NMBA Excellence in Broadcasting Awards for 2023: 

KKOB Radio

Station of the Year (Second Consecutive Year) – KKOB Radio

  • Jeff Berry, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque; Jared Hart, Operations Manager, Cumulus Albuquerque

Breaking News – KKOB News coverage of the Calf Canyon Fire,

  • Haylee Gonzales, News Anchor; John Summers, News Director, KKOB

Complete Newscast – The KKOB Morning Briefing

  • John Summers, News Director; Hailey Gonzales, News Anchor; Mike Gaba, News Anchor; Kandy Kruz, Traffic Reporter, KKOB

Continuing Coverage – KKOB Albuquerque Muslim Slayings

  • John Summers, News Director; Mike Gaba, News Anchor; Haylee Gonzales, News Anchor; Darren White, Podcast Host, KKOB

Features News – KKOB’s Good News File: When it comes time to launch, precision is key

  • Haylee Gonzales, Reporter, KKOB

Newscaster of the Year – Haylee Gonzales, News Anchor, KKOB

Sports Play by Play – KKOB: UNM 14-0 Run

  • Robert Portnoy, Play-by-Play Announcer; Hunter Greene, Color Commentator; Steph Griffin, Producer, KKOB


Sports Show or Interview – KNML: The Opening Drive

  • Jeff Siembieda, Talk Show Host; JJ Buck, Talk Show Host; DC Putman, Producer, KNML 


Station Promotional Announcement – KRST: AI Promo Campaign

  • Bev Rainey, Program Director, Eddie Haskell, Midday Host, KRST

The NMBA Excellence in Broadcasting Awards will be presented at an in-person awards ceremony to be held at the NMBA Summer Convention on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 6:30pm at the Marriott Albuquerque.

About Cumulus Media  

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 404 owned-and-operated radio stations across 85 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across more than 9,400 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit

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