In October 2012, the TOHA Board of Directors created the Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award in honor of longtime journal editor, Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr. The award, judged by a panel of TOHA members, recognizes one outstanding article per issue of Sound Historian. The award is a cash prize presented at TOHA's annual conference each spring.
The first Ken Hendrickson Best Article Award honored public history graduate Jenny Paul, the author of "Fighting the Nashville Blues: The Outlaw Image in Texas Country Music," which was judged most outstanding article in Volume 14 (2012). Dr. P. Lynn Denton, director of the Public History Program at Texas State University, presented the award to Ms. Paul during the TOHA annual conference on April 13, 2013, held in the Taylor Murphy History building on campus.