Van Hardin and Bonnie Lucas have received recognition from the National Association of Broadcasters. The morning personalities on WHO, Des Moines, were presented the 2007 Marconi Award as medium market personalities of the year. They received their 2007 Marconi Award on Thursday, September 27, 2007, at ceremonies in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On Thursday, October 4, 2007, Van and Bonnie celebrated their award with a live broadcast from the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale. The Marconi Award was prominently displayed at their remote broadcast location, along with boxes of Kraft Marconi and Cheese.
The Machine Shed featured Marconi and Cheese on the breakfast menu, and visitors to the Machine Shed and the Van and Bonnie broadcast got to take home a souvenir box of Marconi and Cheese.
Also at the broadcast site was a picture of Guglielmo Marconi, one of the key persons in the development of radio. Marconi is credited with developing the first successful and practical system to transmit and receive radio waves. In 1909 Marconi received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the science of radio transmission and reception.
The National Association of Broadcasters Marconi awards are named after Marconi. The awards were established in 1989 to recognize outstanding radio personalities and stations in 21 categories.
The 2007 Marconi Award is the 8th received either by WHO, Des Moines, or one of its personalities.
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