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  • “Democracy Is You” for Radio Local Public Service
    1955
    “Democracy Is You” for Radio Local Public Service

    Since 1948, station KIRO (CBS), Seattle, Washington, has broadcast a community development program entitled, Democracy Is You. In cooperation with the University of Washington, this station has developed community rehabilitation programs in a unique and effective manner. This program has received national and international recognition as an unusual method in focusing community attention upon a wide range of social and economic community problems. The introspective development of these problems has in many cases produced solutions of a far-reaching and permanent nature. Recently in the struggle between the Free World and communist ideology, KIRO has made the services of the director... read more

  • Assignment: India
    1955
    Assignment: India

    In the spring of 1955, NBC dispatched a supervisor and crew of cameramen to bring back the story of new India. Because of his understanding of life and progress in that country, Chester Bowles was invited to interpret and narrate the program, an important part of which was a conversation with Nehru. Assignment: India was first shown November 24, 1955. The acclaim was such that it was repeated on December 25. All who saw this program have a better understanding of a large and important part of the world and its relationship to the international situation generally. In recognition of... read more

  • Biographies In Sound
    1955
    Biographies In Sound

    Auspiciously launched with a program based on the life of Winston Churchill, and concerning itself with such worthies as Helen Hayes, Carl Sandburg, Bernard Shaw, and Thomas Wolfe, Biographies In Sound combines the words of important and interesting persons with significant evaluations by those sufficiently close to them to speak with authority. If, as Emerson said, “there is properly no history, only biography,” and if, as Dr. Joseph Collins said, “biography is instructive to youth, inspiring to maturity, and solacing to old age,” here is a new concept in radio programming which adds dimensions not only to biography, but to... read more

  • Institutional Award: KFYO Radio for Local Public Service
    1955
    Institutional Award: KFYO Radio for Local Public Service

    (Honorable Mention) In Footnotes on the Fine Arts with Jack Sheridan, KFYO (CBS) carries to West Texas unique coverage of fine arts activities. Not only does Mr. Sheridan share his own rich knowledge of all the arts, but through skillful interviews with national leaders has stimulated wide public interest in museums, symphony orchestras, books, and the theatre, thereby greatly enriching the cultural life of the great south plains. In recognition of this local public service, a Peabody Citation is hereby presented.... read more

  • Institutional Award: KQED-TV for Television Local Public Service
    1955
    Institutional Award: KQED-TV for Television Local Public Service

    (Honorable Mention) In the vital and challenging field of informative television, KQED, the San Francisco Bay area educational channel, has provided a wide viewing public with a stimulating panorama of thoughtful, non-commercial programming including fine music, sports, children’s programs, special events, and a distinguished series on nuclear physics. In recognition of this successful experiment in community culture, a Peabody Local Public Service Citation is hereby presented.... read more

  • Institutional Award: WMT-TV for Television Local Public Service
    1955
    Institutional Award: WMT-TV for Television Local Public Service

    (Honorable Mention) Motivated by the desire to see the U.S.A. lead in advanced aeronautical development, and desirous of doing something on the grass roots level, WMT-TV, with the assistance of Dr. Alexander M. Lippisch, director of the Collins Aeronautical Laboratory, brought to an Iowa audience The Secret Of Flight. Through this series, not only were aerodynamic phenomena seen for the first time on television, but in many instances, for the first time by anyone outside Dr. Lippisch’s laboratory. For this unique example of local public service, as well as for other community-minded activities of WMT-TV, this Peabody Television Citation is... read more

  • Lassie
    1955
    Lassie

    Not without interest and values for adults, Lassie stresses those qualities of relationship which make for sound youthful growth and development, a good sense of values, and wholesome social adjustments. Lassie’s own endearing qualities, her delightful farm family and neighbors, and the authenticity of the story line—all these and other admirable qualities of this series make for a combination of entertainment and inspiration worthy of the Peabody Award, which is hereby presented.... read more

  • Omnibus
    1955
    Omnibus

    (Honorable Mention) In its Adams Family series, Omnibus achieved a distinction comparable to the high place in American history accorded John Quincy, Charles Francis, and Henry Adams. A feat of programming genius, the concept of this series was magnificent and the acting superb. In recognition of this realistic historic contribution to the cultural elevation of modern America, a Peabody Television Citation in education is hereby presented.... read more

  • Personal Award: Douglas Edwards for Television News
    1955
    Personal Award: Douglas Edwards for Television News

    In a time when a mature approach to news coverage has become a vital public service, Douglas Edwards with the News has made a responsible contribution to daily television reporting. In recognition and in commendation of this important contribution to communications techniques, the Peabody Television Award in news is hereby presented to Mr. Edwards.... read more

  • Personal Award: Dr. Frank Baxter for Television Education
    1955
    Personal Award: Dr. Frank Baxter for Television Education

    If education by television is to carry the best of academic life beyond the classroom, Dr. Frank C. Baxter and his Shakespeare on TV may well serve as an example for those whose aspirations are high. Already recognized by his colleagues and students for his unusual talent, this scholar-teacher has, through the magic of television, carried Shakespeare’s profound wisdom and eloquent speech to thousands who today have a better understanding of the deeper meaning of poetic grandeur because of him and KNXT (CBS). In recognition of this major contribution to our country’s cultural growth and to the stature of television... read more

  • Personal Award: Jackie Gleason for Television Entertainment
    1955
    Personal Award: Jackie Gleason for Television Entertainment

    Jack Gleason and Perry Como, it seems, split the television audience on Saturday evenings almost squarely down the middle. The Peabody Committee feels justified, therefore, in following the same pattern in bestowing this year’s award for television entertainment. Mr. Gleason’s versatility and infectious enthusiasm are matched by Mr. Como’s charm and disarming lack of pretension. Both artists, furthermore, have had the good sense to hire top grade writers who bring out the best in them. The Committee regrets only that it is impossible to watch both gifted stars at the same time. We can, however, include both in this double... read more

  • Personal Award: Perry Como for Television Entertainment
    1955
    Personal Award: Perry Como for Television Entertainment

    Jack Gleason and Perry Como, it seems, split the television audience on Saturday evenings almost squarely down the middle. The Peabody Committee feels justified, therefore, in following the same pattern in bestowing this year’s award for television entertainment. Mr. Gleason’s versatility and infectious enthusiasm are matched by Mr. Como’s charm and disarming lack of pretension. Both artists, furthermore, have had the good sense to hire top grade writers who bring out the best in them. The Committee regrets only that it is impossible to watch both gifted stars at the same time. We can, however, include both in this double... read more

  • Personal Award: Quincy Howe
    1955
    Personal Award: Quincy Howe

    The distinguished historian, journalist and commentator Quincy Howe has long been a great asset to broadcasting. His five-times-a-week commentaries on the ABC Radio Network are objective and penetrating analyses of the important issues of our times. His new documentary television series entitled Outside U.S.A. is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of the significant events and developments around the world. The variety and effectiveness of its presentation have made this program a most significant contribution of television to the promotion of international understanding. In recognition, the Peabody Award is hereby presented.... read more

  • Personal Award: Sylvester L. (Pat) Weaver Jr. for Pioneering Program Concepts
    1955
    Personal Award: Sylvester L. (Pat) Weaver Jr. for Pioneering Program Concepts

    For broadening the horizons of television; for initiating a series of daring innovations that the rest of the industry, like it or not, has had to imitate; and, above all, for showing a respect for the intelligence of the public, refreshing and commendable among officials in comparable high places in the television hierarchy—a Peabody Award for public service is hereby presented to Mr. Sylvester L. (Pat) Weaver, Jr., Chairman of the Board of NBC.... read more

  • Producers’ Showcase
    1955
    Producers’ Showcase

    For presenting on a grand scale, great classics of dramatic entertainment for family audiences across the nation; and for utilizing top talent, a choice block of evening time, and lavish technical facilities in the achievement of high quality television drama, the Peabody Television Award for dramatic entertainment is hereby presented to Producers’ Showcase, with a special bow to Peter Pan.... read more

  • The Voice of Firestone
    1955
    The Voice of Firestone

    Envisioned first by the late Harvey S. Firestone, Sr., and continued through the years by Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., and the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, The Voice of Firestone has made available by radio and television the world’s greatest artistry in music and drama. In these presentations, the Firestone Company has shown the highest sensitivity, not only in the matter of superb program standards, but also in its understanding of advertising properties. Therefore, to The Voice of Firestone, now in its 29th year of continuous presentation, for the exquisite beauty and high quality of its program structure, the George... read more