KTWU Volunteers Nationally Honored for Their Service


KTWU is pleased to announce that two of the station’s long-time volunteers have been nationally honored by the National Friends of Public Broadcasting. John Duff has been honored with the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award. Wayne Stander has been honored with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award.


John Duff moved to Topeka in 1978 and volunteered on KTWU production crews continuously these many years. He had helped another public station prior to KTWU, serving PBS unselfishly for a grand total of 45 years. 
When he first volunteered at KTWU, he began in audio and production at the studios located on the Wanamaker hill. Along with the usual membership drives, he assisted regularly with a local public affairs program that was produced. He still volunteers one or two shifts for each quarterly membership drive. 

It is hard to place a value on John for KTWU. A significant contribution is his mentoring of the other volunteers over the years and passing along his experience. His dedication to PBS is unwavering, and KTWU offers John gratitude and congratulations on the recognition of his achievement.


Wayne Stander began his volunteer career with KTWU in the 1980’s when he arrived with Sunflower Lions Club to answer phones for a membership drive, eventually becoming an auction steering committee member and lead accountant for the KTWU Auction. 

By the station’s count, Wayne has worked 30 KTWU auctions. He recruited his fellow accountants and Sunflower Lions Club members to assist. Wayne has worked with the auction in accounting, organizing and delivering items and scheduling and training volunteers. 

Throughout the different auction managers during the years of his service, Wayne maintains a steady course always working toward progress and financial stability for KTWU. His wisdom, memory, and strength of character are vital to operating the yearly auction event. Wayne is an asset to the team of employees and volunteers.


Established in 1971, National Friends of Public Broadcasting is a vast network of public media volunteers and volunteer coordinators. The organization believes volunteers are an important and valuable part of the public media family and at every opportunity are ready to recognize what they do.  National Friends of Public Broadcasting will share John and Wayne’s stories on their national website at www.nfpb.org and on Twitter @nfpb_official


The two men will be honored in a presentation of their national awards locally at the KTWU television station.


Now in our 53rd year, KTWU broadcasts local public television in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma to an available audience of over one million viewers. KTWU was the first public television station in the state of Kansas. For more information on KTWU, visit ktwu.org.



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