Swinging helps KOA's April Zesbaugh score... an Edward R. Murrow award

The National Edward R. Murrow Awards, doled out annually by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, are among the most prestigious in electronic journalism, and as a result, most of them tend to go to stories that tackle overtly important topics: national disasters, murder investigations and the like. So it's something of a surprise that 2009's biggest local winner, KOA's April Zesbaugh, was recognized for a report about, of all things, swingers. Even those judging the piece seemed surprised to like it as much as they did. "Who knew?," they write, adding, "Reporter provides a comprehensive examination of the highly controversial subject from multiple points of view -- and brings the story back to the couple who was willing to share. The story moves quickly and engages the listener."

Interested in hooking up with these swingers, so to speak? Click here to listen in on Zesbaugh's prize winner.

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