Public media station leaders from KENW, KNME and KRWG presented retired Republican state senator Stuart Ingle with the inaugural 2023 Duane Ryan New Mexico Public Media Award this week. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to public media in New Mexico.

Ingle has been a strong supporter of public media throughout his 38 years at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. He has consistently advocated for funding for public media and has helped pass legislation that has benefited public stations across the state.

“Senator Ingle is a true champion of public media,” said Adrian Velarde, general manager of KRWG. “He has always recognized the importance of public media in providing citizens with information and education.”

“Senator Ingle is a role model for all public media supporters,” said Porfirio “Pilo” Delgado, Director of Broadcasting of KENW. “He is an inspiration to all of us.”

“We are so grateful for senator Ingle’s support,” said Franz Joachim, General Manager and CEO of KNME. “He has helped to make public media a stronger and more vital resource for all New Mexicans.”

The Duane Ryan New Mexico Public Media Award was established in 2023 in honor of Duane Ryan, the longtime general manager of KENW, who passed away at age 90 earlier this year. He was one of the founders of KENW- FM, Public Radio on the Eastern New Mexico campus in 1967 and KENW-TV in 1973. Ryan continued to work with the station until shortly before his death.

About KRWG, KNME, and KENW
KENW is the PBS and NPR affiliate in Portales. KNME is the PBS affiliate in Albuquerque. KRWG is the PBS and NPR affiliate in Las Cruces.

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