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  • “Legislative Heights” for Public Service by a Local Station
    “Legislative Heights” for Public Service by a Local Station

    The place of the local station in the broadcasting world is such that it can render a public service somewhat different from that of the regional station or network. Many of our several hundred smaller stations are taking advantage of this peculiar opportunity, but none did a better job in 1949 than KXLJ of Helena, Montana, with its Legislative Highlights, an effective coverage of the state legislature while in session. To the contemporary value of such a program has been added the historical, in that transcriptions were presented to the state library, and a book suitable for school and library... read more

  • Author Meets the Critics
    Author Meets the Critics

    Author Meets The Critics has been heard regularly over the air for the past ten years, first as a radio program, and then, beginning in July 1947, as both a radio and television feature. The producer, Martin Stone, has courageously persevered with the program although, more often than not, it lacked a sponsor and actually represented a financial loss to him, in addition to all the work put into it. Today, Author Meets The Critics is recognized all over the country as the most provocative, literate and exciting program concerning books on the air. John McCaffery, the urbane host in... read more

  • Crusade In Europe
    Crusade In Europe

    Crusade in Europe, based on the book by the same title by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, tells the story of the European phases of World War II. Sponsored by Time and Life Magazines, and produced strictly for TV by March of Time Editors, the 26 episodes which comprise the series, in the language of General James Doolittle, “present history as it happened, seen on a scale never before possible.” As such, it was television’s major contribution to education in 1949, and as such is hereby presented the George Foster Peabody Award in that category with bows to General Eisenhower; Henry... read more

  • Harold W. Ross and The New Yorker for Their Successful Campaign in Stopping Music and Commercial Announcements in Grand Central Station
    Harold W. Ross and The New Yorker for Their Successful Campaign in Stopping Music and Commercial Announcements in Grand Central Station

    (Honorable Mention: Institutional) Never one to seek the limelight for himself, Editor Harold Ross, whose life in public has been in inverse ratio to the influence of The New Yorker magazine on American life and letters, gave up his cherished privacy to lead the liberation of the “captive audience” in Grand Central Terminal. The victory which crowned the efforts of him and his staff writers led The New York Times to say editorially: “We tip our hat (to him) for the lance he tilted so successfully. And, tomorrow, as we go through the Grand Central Terminal, we shall pause in... read more

  • Institutional Award : WWJ Radio, “Meet Your Congress,” “The Best Weapon,” “Protect YOur Child,” “The World Forum,” for Public Service by a Regional Station
    Institutional Award : WWJ Radio, “Meet Your Congress,” “The Best Weapon,” “Protect YOur Child,” “The World Forum,” for Public Service by a Regional Station

    In at least four program series, Station WWJ has shown an admirable appreciation of the social responsibilities of broadcasters. Protect Your Child was an intelligent approach to the problem of sex crimes. The Best Weapon dealt quickly and wisely, but not alarmingly, with a polio epidemic. Meet Your Congress brought representatives and those represented closer together in an understanding of problems and issues of joint interest. And, in similar fashion, The World Forum carried listeners beyond national horizons to a better understanding of world affairs. Largely responsible for all these, and other programs of a similar... read more

  • Institutional Award: WQXR Radio for Entertainment in Music
    Institutional Award: WQXR Radio for Entertainment in Music

    Radio generally has done much to increase and uplift musical appreciation in this country. But no station anywhere has devoted more time or more intelligent presentation to good music than has WQXR. All types of the best in music—instrumental, chamber, solo, opera, and symphonic—have been brought to half a million families in New York alone, plus homes in 14 other states and Canada. And the performing artists have been a veritable Who’s Who in world music. Prominent in 1949 offerings was the Our Musical Heritage Series. In recognition not merely of this and other programs, but primarily to single out... read more

  • Kukla, Fran and Ollie
    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

    Only the Fran of Kukla, Fran and Ollie is a live person—animator Burr Tillstrom’s Dorothy of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. The other “Kuklapolitans” are a troupe of puppet players “drawn together by a mutual passion for show business and chocolate sodas.” They are seen both in professional and private life, animated by Tillstorm’s hands. The quality striven for is whimsy and gentle satire of the James Barrie-Lewis Carroll sort. And while the program is primarily for children, it prides itself on charming adults, too. So excellent, in fact, is this program that it is hereby given the George Foster... read more

  • Mind Your Manners
    Mind Your Manners

    (Honorable Mention) Predicated on the assumption that by popularizing the idea that it is smart to have good manners, such will become the normal behavior pattern for young people, and that such early training will contribute to better citizenry tomorrow, WTIC, Hartford, Connecticut, created and conducted the series, Mind Your Manners for teen-age listeners. The program, moderated by Allen Ludden, has won the approval not only of parents and teachers, but, more important, the youngsters themselves. In recognition of this new approach to the much discussed juvenile problem, a George Foster Peabody Radio Citation is hereby awarded.... read more

  • Personal Award: Eric Sevareid for Reporting and Interpretation of the News
    Personal Award: Eric Sevareid for Reporting and Interpretation of the News

    As chief Washington correspondent for the Columbia Broadcasting System, Eric Sevareid brings to the reporting of significant news a background of experience and understanding—domestic and foreign. Wherever big world news is breaking, he has either already been or is on the scene getting a first-hand report for his Monday-through Friday broadcast. His seat of operations is Washington, but for national political conventions, government conferences, and U.N. meetings, he goes where the news originates. And in his reporting, he reveals a depth and clarity, a perspicacity and lucidity, which clearly entitle him to this George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding reporting... read more

  • Personal Award: H.T. Webster for “Unseen Audience”
    Personal Award: H.T. Webster for “Unseen Audience”

    (Honorable Mention) H.T. Webster, in his delightful cartoons entitled Unseen Audience sponsored by the Herald Tribune Syndicate, has produced each week and for a period of years the most economical, unanswerable, the most graphic and civilized criticism of radio. Again and again he has made us laugh at the preposterous extremes and incongruities to which radio occasionally commits itself. His drawings are very funny, and his case is made the more authentic by his skill in quoting radio’s own language. In recognition of all this as a worthwhile contribution to better broadcasting, this special George Foster Peabody Citation is hereby... read more

  • Personal Award: Jack Benny
    Personal Award: Jack Benny

    The George Foster Peabody Radio Award in entertainment goes to The Jack Benny Show and in particular to Jack Benny himself, for developing so brilliantly a comedy program which has avoided habit, staleness and artificiality. The Peabody Committee wishes to congratulate Jack Benny’s writing team for their originality and vitality; they applaud Mr. Benny himself for the masterly timing and delivery of his own lines, for his good sense in subordinating his role in the interest of many a comic situation, and most of all because he makes laughter sound so easy and natural. ... read more

  • The Ed Wynn Show
    The Ed Wynn Show

    To be called a fool is no compliment, but to be called “The Perfect Fool” is to be identified as one of America’s great humorists. With a lisping giggle, a pair of horn-rimmed spectacles, a befuddled look, and a funny hat, Ed Wynn became the king of jesters, whom we honor here today. Long a leader in the entertainment world, he has brought to television, newest of our media of amusement, the best of the techniques of stage, screen, and radio. He has combined his own personality, showmanship, and humor—all of a superior quality—with the talents of guest stars in... read more

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    Through The Greatest Story Ever Told, a very large audience has been provided the teachings of the New Testament in a form and manner which are not only dramatic and effective, but which are on the same high plane as the teachings themselves. More than this, the program has maintained such a high degree of religious integrity, and has been so free of denominational bias or prejudice, that it has won the acclaim of newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and religious leaders alike. During a time when religious features, both on the air and in print, have gained a new high... read more

  • The Monitor Views the News
    The Monitor Views the News

    (Honorable Mention) Like the newspaper which sponsors the broadcast, The Monitor Views the News is a commentary which reflects high standards and emphasis on the significant, as contrasted with the ephemeral and sensational. Erwin Canham, editor of The Christian Science Monitor, and past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, brings to the conduct of this broadcast the same perspicacity, interpretative skill, and clarity of presentation which have marked his conduct of the Monitor’s editorial page and his other notable journalistic work. In recognition thereof, this special George Foster Peabody Radio Citation is presented, with a nod to American... read more

  • U.N and American Broadcasters in General as Represented by the National Association of Broadcasters for Broadcast Contributions to Better International Understanding
    U.N and American Broadcasters in General as Represented by the National Association of Broadcasters for Broadcast Contributions to Better International Understanding

    (Honorable Mention: Institutional) The United Nations, working with networks, individual stations, and those divisions of the U.S. Government concerned with international relations, especially the State Department, has, under the leadership of Benjamin V. Cohen, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Public Information, made very intelligent use of radio and TV. To all of those who had a part in this unselfish utilization of one of science’s greatest weapons for peace, this special George Foster Peabody Citation is hereby awarded—in duplicate, to the National Association of Broadcasters, representing American stations and networks, and to the Department of Public Information for the United... read more

  • United Nations In Action
    United Nations In Action

    Television’s most ambitious and most worthwhile undertaking in the news area during 1949 in the judgment of the Peabody Board was United Nations In Action, a series of programs which reported the activities and proceedings of the U.N.. Underwritten by the Ford Motor Company as a public service, these programs were the handiwork of Lyman Bryson, CBS Counselor on Public Affairs; Larry Lesueur, CBS United Nations Correspondent; Edmund Chester, CBS Director of News; Robert Bendick, CBS Director of Special Events; Frank Schaffner, CBS Director of Studio One; with assistance from Benjamin V. Cohen, U.N. Assistant Secretary General, and his Department... read more

  • United Nations Project
    United Nations Project

    No subject is more vital to the welfare—yea, the very existence—of mankind than international understanding. And no radio program during 1949 was better designed to contribute to international understanding than the NBC United Nations Project. This concentrated, coordinated effort to explore the structure, philosophies, and accomplishments of the agency most concerned with world harmony has been important to the UN itself in the fulfillment of its far-flung mission. As such it richly merits this George Foster Peabody Radio Award for outstanding programming in promotion of international understanding.... read more

  • WMAZ Radio for Reporting and Interpretation of the News
    WMAZ Radio for Reporting and Interpretation of the News

    (Honorable Mention: Institutional) Reporting the news is a responsibility generally recognized by broadcasters. But no station anywhere did a better job in 1949 with news, especially local news, than WMAZ of Macon, Georgia. Devoting 140 of 1170 minutes of broadcast time each day to news, spending some $50,000 during the year on its local news coverage, and discouraging any kind of advertising support which might in any way jeopardize reporting of the facts, this station may well serve as a model for those that would do a better news job. As a matter of fact, it has and does, and... read more