KOGT Radio received the Keep Orange County Beautiful Award for the third quarter of 2010 and will get to proudly display the KOCB sign. Owner Gary Stelly said, “I’ll take credit for paying for it but I have to credit Mark Frey and James Bloodworth for keeping it beautiful.”
Press Release from the Orange Fire Department (Nov. 07): Gary Stelly of KOGT was recently awarded the Texas Animal Control Association Media Award for the coverage that KOGT has provided on the website to the City of Orange Animal Shelter. This statewide award is presented yearly to an individual or organization that has presented animal control and animal welfare in an accurate and positive manner. This award is given to a radio or television station, newspaper or magazine or to someone who works in that field for either a single outstanding piece or for on-going programs that promote responsible pet ownership, spay/neuter programs, and other programs that depict animal care and control professionals in a positive light and promote the profession, while reflecting the professional credibility of animal control activities. Mr. Stelly was nominated by Linda Roush, the Administrative Secretary for the OFD, who also dispatches the City of Orange Animal Control Officers. Through direction of Mr. Stelly, KOGT Radio and KOGT.com has been instrumental in significantly increasing the number of pet adoptions from the Animal Shelter. With his help, the Pet of the Week has turned into the Pet of the Day. Mrs. Roush reports, “As soon as the pet’s picture appears on the website, we start receiving phone calls. Gary has been a real asset with finding homes for our shelter pets.” Chief David Frenzel of the Orange Fire Department, who supervises Animal Control for the City stated, “Mr. Stelly has been a pleasure to work with and this endeavor exemplifies one more avenue of community involvement that he provides to his listening audience. We are proud to have Gary and KOGT as part of our community and our team and are excited that he was recognized in this state-wide competition.” Stelly added, “I have always been a pet lover. There’s nothing like coming home after work and having my dog waiting for me. I’m glad we have been able to bring that same joy to others.” The award was accepted at the TACA Conference in San Antonio last week by Theresa Touchet, Senior ACO for the City. The attached picture is of Mr. Stelly receiving the award from (L to R) ACO Theresa Touchet, Linda Roush, Gary Stelly and ACO Klint Pruitt.
|Citizen of the Year- 2004 & 2005
|Gary Stelly was the recipient of the City of Orange, Citizen of the Year Award.
|Orange Jaycees- Sept. 2004
|The Orange Jaycees have awarded the prestigious Howard S. Peterson Distinguished Service Award to Mr. Gary Stelly, owner of KOGT 1600-AM.
|Gary Stelly was presented with the first ever GOACC Community Service Award at the Chamber Banquet Jan. 13, 2004.
|Leader “Best Of”
|1992-2004 Orange Leader readers voted KOGT best radio station, best news media, and best sportscaster.
|The Orange Rotary Club presented Gary Stelly with the Vocational Excellence Award for 2002.
|Tex. Assoc. of School Boards Media Honor Roll
|KOGT Radio was recognized for Excellence in Media Coverage by the LCMISD (2003, 2004), OFISD (2002), and WOCISD (2001, 2000).
|Excellence in Vocational Service Award
|March 2002 – The Orange Rotary Club recognized Gary Stelly and KOGT Radio with it’s distinguished “Excellence in Vocational Service Award. The award is based on the outstanding vocational accomplishments of Stelly and the many area events he volunteers his time to.
|“Business of the Year” (April 2000)
|In April of 2000, KOGT was recognized as the Business of the Year by the Area IV Soil and Water Conservation District which consists of 54 counties. KOGT was selected because of its coverage and promotion of conservation and agriculture. (left) Gary Stelly is pictured with several other winners from Orange County.
|“The Best of Small Town Texas” (March 99 Vol. 3)
|KOGT was among the best i..\images\tmonth.gifn Texas, recognized as a best small-town radio station by Texas Monthly. (Click here for a Cover Shot.)
|“Voted Orange Leader Best”
|KOGT was voted the Best Radio Station & Best Sportscaster by Orange Leader readers for eleven straight years.
|Gary Stelly named GOACC
“Businessman of the Year”
|Gary Stelly was voted Businessman of the Year for 1998 by a panel of former winners. Stelly was nominated for the award by his staff. “That’s what makes it so special,” Stelly said. “To be selected by your peers is a great honor, but to be nominated by the people you work with on an everyday basis, is every bosses dream.” Stelly received the award in June at a banquet honoring other winners from Southeast Texas.
|Stelly wins “Employer of the Year”
by Commission for the Blind
|When Stelly took over KOGT in 1992, he brought in a blind disc jockey named Terry Lyons. Through his work with Lyons, and the relationship that was created between the two, Stelly was given the award by Lyons’ case worker Dave McDill. “Terry is one of the best and most reliable employees I have,” said Stelly. “I’ll take credit for hiring him, but when it comes to work, he takes pretty good care of himself.” Stelly and KOGT were given a similar recognition by the Orange County Mayors Committee for Employment of the Handicapped.