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  • “Operation Big Muddy” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1946
    “Operation Big Muddy” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station: In its series entitled Operation Big Muddy, radio station WOW, Omaha, Nebraska, has emphasized on of the great achievements of our time—the harnessing of the Missouri River. It has brought home the meaning of this vast undertaking in navigation, flood control, soil conservation and hydroelectric power to those who will be most vitally affected. To WOW in recognition of its farsightedness, the George Peabody Award for outstanding public service by a regional station.... read more

  • “Our Town” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station
    1946
    “Our Town” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station: Never has the American air been so full of controversy; never has the American public been so keen to learn the facts. In its program Our Town, radio station WELL of Battle Creek, Michigan, has stimulated the thinking of a vigorous community. We congratulate the station and its manager, Mr. D.E. Jayne, for presenting both sides of controversy in programs which are provocative, but not preachy; informative, but not dull.... read more

  • “The Columbia Workshop” for Outstanding Entertainment in Radio
    1946
    “The Columbia Workshop” for Outstanding Entertainment in Radio

    Outstanding Entertainment in Radio: It has not been easy to make an award in drama for the year past. The committee feels that ever since the war, American broadcasting has been too much given to imitation and too little interested in the new. We make our award in drama to the Columbia Workshop because of its willingness to experiment, because of its skill in adaptation, and because of its audacity in believing that nothing is too hard—not even Gertrude Stein or the poems of T.S. Eliot—if they be rightly presented on the air.... read more

  • “The Harbor We Seek” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1946
    “The Harbor We Seek” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station: To station WSB of Atlanta, Georgia, and its director, Leonard Reinsch, a Peabody Award for the courage and clear-mindedness in presenting the series, The Harbor We Seek, a series which worked to combat juvenile delinquency and which strove to pacify racial intolerance and bigotry when hysteria was riding high.... read more

  • “The Radio Edition of the Weekly Press” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station
    1946
    “The Radio Edition of the Weekly Press” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station: We cannot let the year pass without saluting a local station which has shown such enterprise and public interest in programs devised for its home area: to station WECU of Ithaca, New York, and to its manager, Mr. Michael Hanna, a special Peabody Award for Radio Edition of the Weekly Press, which has admirably linked together the editorial ability of 74 country editors in presenting material of social significance and interest.... read more

  • Books Bring Adventure
    1946
    Books Bring Adventure

    (Honorable Mention) No award is made this year for an outstanding children’s program for the simple reason that the committee could not find one which lived up to that adjective. We do, however, wish to give a citation in the childrens field to the Junior League of America for sponsoring the series, Books Bring Adventure, 26 adaptations of well-beloved books which were skillfully dramatized for young listeners.... read more

  • Hiroshima
    1946
    Hiroshima

    (Honorable Mention) Outstanding Educational Program: We feel that a citation in the field of education should go to the American Broadcasting Company and to Robert Saudek, the director of public service, for its adaptation in four broadcasts of John Hersey’s fateful story of Hiroshima. We give this citation with a preliminary bow to John Hersey and The New Yorker for their scoop of the year.... read more

  • Institutional Award: WMCA Radio for Outstanding Educational Programs
    1946
    Institutional Award: WMCA Radio for Outstanding Educational Programs

    Outstanding Educational Program: Radio and, incidentally, civilization will fail to survive unless we are all better educated in the control of the atomic bomb. At a time when, more and more, we must look to the local stations for the originality in broadcasting, it is fitting to award the Peabody Medal for education in broadcasting to station WMCA of New York City. On questions of public urgency, its programming is as alert as it is courageous. Its playing down of racial intolerance in its series, New World A-Coming and its pointing up of the life and death use of nuclear... read more

  • Invitation to Music
    1946
    Invitation to Music

    (Honorable Mention) A citation in the field of music goes to Columbia Broadcasting System for our delight in listening to its program, Invitation To Music, for the education which that program extends, and perhaps best of all, for bringing to the air composition and composers who deserve, but who might not otherwise have received the hearing.... read more

  • Meet the Press
    1946
    Meet the Press

    (Honorable Mention) A citation to the Mutual Broadcasting System for the initiative and edification of its program, Meet The Press, in which an individual who has been making news is encouraged to tell, however controversially, his own side of the story. This program is definitely in the interest of free speech on the air.... read more

  • Orchestras of the Nation
    1946
    Orchestras of the Nation

    By bringing to its large network audience the music of symphony orchestras throughout the nation and thereby extending the range and appreciation of our local musical talent, the National Broadcasting Company again makes a major contribution to the enrichment of our cultural life in its program, Orchestras Of The Nation.... read more

  • Personal Award: Henry Morgan for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1946
    Personal Award: Henry Morgan for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    (Honorable Mention) A special citation in the field of drama goes to Henry Morgan, a humorist who learned radio as an office boy, disc jockey and announcer, and whose skill in burlesque, mimicry and deadpan makes him a delightful one-man show. In going big time, we hope he will not lose the surprise and impertinence with which he started.... read more

  • Personal Award: John Crosby
    1946
    Personal Award: John Crosby

    Radio is one of the liveliest of the popular arts, and as such, it deserves more intelligent and unrestrained attention in the press. It if is to be a great art, it must stimulate and challenge great critics. The Peabody Committee congratulates the New York Herald-Tribune for the space accorded John Crosby; it congratulates John Crosby in this special award for the liveliness and pertinence of his radio criticism. More power to his elbow!... read more

  • Suspense
    1946
    Suspense

    (Honorable Mention) Has the war made Americans blood thirsty for crime and detection? How otherwise can we explain the ever-increasing number of mystery dramas which flood the air? The committee believes that there are too many whodunits for the good of radio; it also believes that in this overworked and melodramatic field there is one program which, for its casting, its music and its suspense, is head and shoulders above the competition. A special citation therefore to Suspense of CBS and to William Spere, its producer and director.... read more

  • William L. Shirer and CBS Radio for Outstanding Reporting and Interpretation of the News
    1946
    William L. Shirer and CBS Radio for Outstanding Reporting and Interpretation of the News

    One of that great team of news gatherers enlisted by Paul White for CBS, William L. Shirer won the gratitude of American listeners for the truth he told us about Hitler and Germany despite the opposition of censors during those crucial years, 1938-41. We are equally grateful to him as a commentator for his recent warning of the trouble arising in Central Europe. To Mr. Shirer—and may his voice be heard again!—the Peabody Award for the outstanding interpretation of the news in 1946.... read more