For the second time in two months, a Choice Radio broadcast was named the best radio station-created program in the state.

Monday night at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., on Lake George, WATS/WAVR president, general manager and co-owner Chuck Carver accepted that honor for the station's Scholarship Challenge program from the New York State Broadcasters' Association.

In May, the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters named the station's Christmas Is For Kids program the best radio station-created program in that state.

The rare sweep for the Sayre-based station drew high praise from NYSBA president David Donovan, who called the honors "illustrative of the work The Choice does in its community." Donovan said, "Simply put, the station makes a difference."

In addition, Monday night, the local radio station's newscast was also named best in the state for small markets, for the eighth time, in a category Donovan describes as "very competitive."

That brings the number of state and national awards for programming excellence for Choice Radio to 74 since the current ownership group of Carver and Todd Bowers purchased the stations from Robert Klose in 1986. Other honors have been for public affairs, sports, public service and editorial writing.

Just last year, WATS/WAVR won the first ever NYSBA Community Engagement Award for partnering with the Valley Kiwanis on the Valley Rally flood relief broadcast in 2011.

"The community has always supported Todd and me in our careers, and we want to make sure the community gets our best effort in return," Carver said. "The honors received from NYSBA prove that our small staff does an excellent job of informing and entertaining our loyal listeners."

Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers keynoted the gala awards dinner for excellence in broadcasting and presented Carver with the two honors at the state association's 51st annual executive conference. Congressman Peter King was honored as New Yorker of the Year.

Submitted by Choice Radio.