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  • “No-Fault Insurance—Right Road or Wrong?” and “Second Sunday, Seven-part Series on the Cities”
    1972
    “No-Fault Insurance—Right Road or Wrong?” and “Second Sunday, Seven-part Series on the Cities”

    The highest function of the radio documentary is to inform the public and raise the threshold of interest in the crucial problems of the nation. No-Fault Insurance-Right Road or Wrong? and Second Sunday: Seven-Part Series on the Cities inspire understanding and motivate confrontation of social issues demanding solution. Thus, a Special George Foster Peabody Award for outstanding performance in the area of radio documentaries.... read more

  • ABC Afterschool Specials
    1972
    ABC Afterschool Specials

    A George Foster Peabody Award for presenting an outstanding series of hour-long specials, which successfully focused upon the interests and concerns of young people. The series varied both in format and content. Programs ranged from animated excursions into the field of ecology to live-action drama to in-depth sociological studies. Each “Special” was indeed just that. It brought fresh insight and knowledge to a group which has already had considerable television exposure and it did it with clarity and excellence. *Installments televised in 1972 included The Last of the Curlews and Santiago’s Ark.... read more

  • All Things Considered
    1972
    All Things Considered

    The program All Things Considered is a National Public Radio staff effort presented on a regular weeknight schedule for the past two years. It embodies a distinctive approach to broadcast journalism, providing the public with information which is meaningful and varied. The program presents a unique and analytical examination of the day’s news and important issues through exhaustive investigative reporting. For this valuable service that helps draw people together with information, a Peabody Award to National Public Radio for All Things Considered.... read more

  • Breakdown
    1972
    Breakdown

    A George Foster Peabody Award for employing radio to focus attention upon the critical deterioration of various systems that are an important part in the life of every American. Examining systems such as health care, the distribution of electric power, the mail, and transportation, the producers of Breakdown have achieved a high standard of excellence in their investigative reporting. Their scrupulous attention to facts and their proper regard for possible solutions make this effort worthy of a Peabody Award.... read more

  • Captain Kangaroo
    1972
    Captain Kangaroo

    Through the years, Captain Kangaroo has been a gently informative and provocative program for young children. CBS-TV, Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo himself) and his staff have remained consistently sensitive to the needs of the special audiences for which the program is designed. Just as it did in 1957, the George Foster Peabody Board recognizes the exceptional contribution of Captain Kangaroo to Americans of all ages by presenting this second richly-deserved Peabody Award.... read more

  • China `72: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain
    1972
    China `72: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain

    Viewers of WWL-TV were able to see an outstanding program filmed by the first non-network American television news team allowed in China since 1949. The results of that timely and exceptionally well-done operation brought viewers a meaningful look at China and its people and it did much to begin some measure of understanding between the two nations. To the WWL-TV management, to Phil Johnson and to all others who played a part in this fine effort, a 1972 Peabody Award, the second to this exceptional station.... read more

  • Conversations With Will Shakespeare and Certain of His Friends
    1972
    Conversations With Will Shakespeare and Certain of His Friends

    A George Foster Peabody Award for presenting to high school audiences selected excerpts of professionally performed Shakespearean plays in combination with contemporary youth views to enlighten timeless themes and recurring problems. This is a truly dramatic example of radio’s effectiveness in the field of education.... read more

  • Institutional Award: Broadcasting Foundation of America for Promotion of International Understanding Through Radio
    1972
    Institutional Award: Broadcasting Foundation of America for Promotion of International Understanding Through Radio

    From 40 countries, a unique variety of informational, public affairs and cultural audio-tape programs are released daily to commercial and educational stations. These cover such events as the great European music festivals and developments in the fields of science, education, and the lively arts. The timely World Press Digest reports opinion from such capitals as London, Paris, Rome, or Tokyo, giving current news from around the world.... read more

  • Institutional Award: Voice of America for Promotion of International Understanding Through Radio
    1972
    Institutional Award: Voice of America for Promotion of International Understanding Through Radio

    The Voice of America, detailing each state’s delegate selection process, in live broadcasts of the National Party Conventions and the November Election Returns, afforded foreign listeners an illuminating insight into the American political system in operation. In recognition of the quality and scope of Election Year 1972 programming, a George Foster Peabody Award for Promotion of International Understanding.... read more

  • Institutional Award: WHRO-TV for Overall Classroom Programming
    1972
    Institutional Award: WHRO-TV for Overall Classroom Programming

    A George Foster Peabody Award for embracing, in overall school television programming, program series basic to essential subjects as well as those directed to such contemporary concerns as pupil self-understanding and consumer electronics. The examination of the outstanding quality of the WHRO-TV program schedule indicates the careful attention which the staff of this outstanding station gives to its mandate to provide children and adults in the Norfolk area with uncompromising excellence.... read more

  • Monitor
    1972
    Monitor

    In recognition of the consistent and innovative use of radio, employing all of the advantages and forms of the sound medium, Monitor has provided the American public with a wide range of provocative, entertaining and informational programming. For serving the public’s varied needs and tastes so admirably, a Peabody Award is presented to the National Broadcasting Company and Monitor for a most outstanding contribution through radio.... read more

  • NBC Television for “Jack Lemmon in ‘S Wonderful, ‘S Gershwin,” “Liza With a Z,” and “The Timex All-star Swing Festival”
    1972
    NBC Television for “Jack Lemmon in ‘S Wonderful, ‘S Gershwin,” “Liza With a Z,” and “The Timex All-star Swing Festival”

    These three special programs devoted to 20th century American music were simple in format, yet with an elegance of style; they glorified the indigenous American musical forms with superb taste, sophistication, coherence and ingenuity. Together and separately, these programs have helped to restore the integrity of the “special” in television. In recognition, a 1972 Peabody Award to NBC for television entertainment.... read more

  • Open Door
    1972
    Open Door

    A George Foster Peabody Award for a truly outstanding weekly series written and produced by and for high school students. Open Door is a program which the Peabody Board found to be highly motivating and a program with a strong emphasis on religious values. To the station, the students, and to all others who played a part goes this well-deserved Peabody Award for Open Door.... read more

  • Pensions, The Broken Promise
    1972
    Pensions, The Broken Promise

    Pensions, The Broken Promise is broadcast journalism at its best. A major contribution to public awareness of a compelling social problem, the program is a shining example of constructive and superlative investigative reporting. In recognition of distinguished service to the public and electronic journalism, the 1972 George Foster Peabody Award for public service in television.... read more

  • Personal Award: Alistair Cooke for His Part in “America: A Personal View by Alistair Cooke”
    1972
    Personal Award: Alistair Cooke for His Part in “America: A Personal View by Alistair Cooke”

    His work in writing, narrating, and presenting this personal document in which American historical events are recounted and accompanied by colorful sketches of significant participants is of the highest order. America has all been interpreted from the viewpoint of Alistair Cooke’s own British-American background and has been magnificently filmed on location across the nation. For this outstanding effort, a special Peabody Award.... read more

  • Personal Award: Bill Monroe
    1972
    Personal Award: Bill Monroe

    At a time when aimless “talking heads” are proliferating on television, particularly in the nation’s capital, it is refreshing to encounter a newsman whose interviews are direct and clarifying. Monroe’s objective confrontations with Congressional newsmakers and political leaders from across the nation have provided a distinctive public service and have kept the District of Columbia political fraternity on its toes.... read more

  • The Noise Shows
    1972
    The Noise Shows

    A George Foster Peabody Award for a unique exploration of the sound medium to develop children’s awareness that through the ages human communication emerged from noise itself, thus stimulating the child’s own creative potential in speech and music.... read more

  • The Restless Earth
    1972
    The Restless Earth

    This splendidly photographed two-hour film is honored for its artistry and as a model for future programs of international cooperation. On the surface it was an examination of the geological theory of plate tectonics, elegantly scripted by British author, Nigel Calder and narrated by David Prowitt of WNET. It served to introduce viewers to young geologists of a bright, new world generation whose restlessness is prodding the scientific community into re-examining some of its long-accepted theories. On an international level, it was a handsome example of global cooperation between WNET and the BBC in association with the Australian, Swedish and... read more

  • The Search for the Nile
    1972
    The Search for the Nile

    This six-part chronicle of the race to solve what has been termed the last great geographical mystery would be a fascinating series under any condition. But, today, when television entertainment for the most part seems paralyzed by private eyes and public ratings, it is particularly pleasing to be offered a drama of high adventure which also tells a story of historical substance. The scripts were intelligently prepared form the explorers’ own accounts and enhanced by filming on location in England and Africa. The result was a rich Victorian portrait of the popular heroes of an adventurous age, so near to... read more

  • The Waltons
    1972
    The Waltons

    Pulling a piece of life, a portion of an era, back from the past for viewing in the present can prove to be an overwhelming undertaking for a television series. Yet, The Waltons, recounting the quiet activities and day-to-day interactions of a family living in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia during the Depression, accomplishes just that. The show evokes a mood of nostalgia, of love, and of honesty. Thus to CBS-TV, Earl Hamner, Jr., and all others who have had a part, this Peabody Award in recognition of their accomplishment.... read more

  • Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace
    1972
    Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace

    In this investigative documentary, WABC-TV contrasts institutionalized care for the mentally ill at the Staten Island state school with the highly successful community care and rehabilitation found in other areas of New York. As reported by Geraldo Rivera, this report was exceptionally well done and earns a George Foster Peabody Award for meritorious public service through television.... read more

  • XX Olympiad
    1972
    XX Olympiad

    The people of the United States were the beneficiaries of a truly professional and well-organized effort that resulted in the outstanding coverage of the 1972 Olympic Games, including the tragic and unforeseen events which marred them. To the many dedicated people of ABC Sports who worked many hours in an outstanding team endeavor to provide this superb programming and excellent coverage, a Peabody Award is presented with admiration for coverage of the XX Olympiad.... read more