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  • 784 Days That Changed America—From Watergate to Resignation
    784 Days That Changed America—From Watergate to Resignation

    Few events in American life commanded the media attention that Watergate did. Few events in American life have been as complex as the Watergate affair, as difficult to understand, or as important in terms of being understood by the American people. Thus, the Peabody Board was gratified to observe the outstanding results of an effort by Nancy Dickerson and William Carpenter, co-producers, and their associates, which resulted in the condensing of two years of American history into two... read more

  • ABC News Closeup: Vietnam Requiem
    ABC News Closeup: Vietnam Requiem

    America’s continuing self-reflection about Vietnam is effectively realized in this compelling work. Intercutting the recollections of five veterans, now in prison for a variety of civilian crimes, which television archives footage, this outstanding work personalizes both the issues and the consequences of the United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia. Marked by extensive research, fine writing, and excellent editing, Vietnam Requiem is, at its heart, a compelling, continuing human drama.... read more

  • Banks on the Brink
    Banks on the Brink

    A program in the Second Sunday series, the Peabody Board commends NBC News’ Banks on the Brink for tackling a difficult topic, one not well-suited to the broadcast media, “in a thorough, engaging manner.” Interviews with banking industry leaders are combined with bureau reports to produce an enlightening view of the global economic situation. The tremendous effort put into the program resulted in an exceptionally thought-provoking and involved treatment of the crisis in international banking.... read more

  • Beyond the Great Wall: Journey to the End of China
    Beyond the Great Wall: Journey to the End of China

    Seeking to understand one’s next-door neighbors is difficult, but seeking to understand people who live thousands of miles away, who speak a strange language, and who have even stranger customs sometimes seems beyond comprehension. One enterprising television station decided to help and, by teaming up with their corporate production company, they turned in a televised report which would get an A-plus in any academic grading system. Station KGMB-TV in Honolulu, together with Lee Productions, displayed consummate skill in... read more

  • Blood and Honor: Youth Under Hitler
    Blood and Honor: Youth Under Hitler

    In an era marked by a resurgence of interest in the period of the Nazi rise to dominance in Europe, this five-part mini-series, focusing on the Hitler Youth Movement in 1930s Germany, transcends entertainment and performs a valuable public service. By concentrating on children and childhood, and by presenting the events through the perspective of an adolescent, the drama carefully and dramatically exposes how hate can be taught and nurtured among impressionable minds. This is an excellent example... read more

  • Current Affairs: The Case of Dashiell Hammett
    Current Affairs: The Case of Dashiell Hammett

    This program is a compelling biographical sketch of the American mystery writer, Dashiell Hammett. The scope of the program is impressive, ranging from Hammett’s career as a Pinkerton detective to his persecution during the ugly McCarthy period. The KQED team is recognized for its extensive research and its writing and production excellence. The program rekindles interest in Hammett both as a novelist and as a public figure.... read more

  • Firebird

    WQED joined forces with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and produced a one-hour television special which, in the opinion of the Peabody Board, has exceptional merit. Viewers were treated to a marvelous look at what goes on behind the scenes as the choreographer, the costumer, and others sought to create Firebird. Later, there followed the story of the growth of the ballet company, a profile of some of those who made up its cast,... read more

  • Ground Zero: Victory Road
    Ground Zero: Victory Road

    There are some things that none of us can ever easily imagine. One such is what would happen if a nuclear explosion occurred in the city where we worked or lived. Producer Chuck Kraemer of WCVB-TV, Boston, decided this was something Bostonians should be thinking about. Using his own considerable talents and abilities, he and director Dick Puttkamer, and their associates produced a chilling, but eminently worthwhile, television experience. In Ground Zero: Victory Road, the lives and eventual... read more

  • Institutional Award: Metropolitan, Texaco, Inc., and the Texaco Foundation for Their Commitment to Both Radio and Television Presentations of Great Opera
    Institutional Award: Metropolitan, Texaco, Inc., and the Texaco Foundation for Their Commitment to Both Radio and Television Presentations of Great Opera

    The continued commitment of Texaco, Inc., The Texaco Foundation, and The Metropolitan Opera Association to broadcasts of the opera on radio and television is truly worthy of Peabody recognition. In radio, these broadcasts represent a tradition spanning more than four decades. In television, there has, likewise, been a strong commitment. The radio network has been expanded such that now the opera may be heard throughout the United State, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and the technical quality has been... read more

  • Juilliard and Beyond: A Life in Music
    Juilliard and Beyond: A Life in Music

    It has been called “the most prestigious trade school in the world.” It has been recognized for the most rigorous scholastic competition among its students. It is New York’s Juilliard School. CBS News put together a first-rate team of Perry Wolff, executive producer; Shareen Blair Brysac, producer/director; and the able Charles Kuralt as narrator. This exceptional group then, themselves, put together a program which examined the classical differences between Greek and Roman education, as exemplified in the Juilliard... read more

  • Killing Crime: A Police Cop-Out
    Killing Crime: A Police Cop-Out

    Words such as “thorough,” “powerful,” “informative,” and “effective” were used by Peabody committee members to describe the WBBM-TV look at how crime reports in Chicago were systematically wiped off the record to make crime statistics appear lower than they really were. The Channel Two Investigative Team, headed by Pam Zekman, spent four months carefully investigating and documenting irregularities in crime reporting. When they presented the result to the public, it was in the form of a case that... read more

  • Morningside/1905

    A unique and innovative approach to the presentation of history, 1905 captures the essence of what it sought to do—tell what life was like in 1905. The many tools of radio production, from voice-over narration to music and sound effects, are used to chronicle events in that year. The panoramic review ranges from global policy issues to popular music, effectively communicating the political, social, and cultural climate of the period. The Peabody Board recognizes 1905 as one Board... read more

  • Nickelodeon

    When the Peabody Board met to discuss possible awards for excellence in programming for children and young people, the discussion centered around what Board members considered to be a somewhat sharp decline in the number of such programs available on television today. One bright ray on the horizon, the Board noted, is one which is rapidly developing into a full-fledged sunbeam—Nickelodeon. With sixteen different program series, all designed for young people ranging from age 2 to 15, plus... read more

  • Oklahoma Shame
    Oklahoma Shame

    A unique cooperative effort between print and broadcast journalists in Oklahoma brought to light a shocking and sordid story of abuses, neglect, and questionable deaths in homes for the mentally retarded in that state operated by the Department of Human Services. The resulting on-the-air reports were not pretty, were not entertaining, and were not designed to be taken lightly by viewers. The reports were thorough, well-documented, and powerful in their impact. Ultimately, key resignations followed and a long... read more

  • Paradise Saved
    Paradise Saved

    Photographer George Gentry has captured on film the magnificence of one of Georgia’s most beautiful barrier islands. At the same time, Don Smith and Forrest Sawyer teamed up to produce a telling documentary which examined the pros and cons of a National Park Service’s decision to increase the visiting limits for Cumberland Island from 300 to 1400 persons per day. Thus, viewers of WAGA-TV’s Paradise Saved were treated to a quality of visual beauty not often seen on... read more

  • Personal Award: Alistair Cooke
    Personal Award: Alistair Cooke

    Alistair Cooke is a master communicator in print and in picture. As host on Masterpiece Theatre and Omnibus, as creator of the memorable series America, as author since 1946 of the BBC’s American Letter, and as the civilized interlocutor between two peoples sometimes bedeviled by their common tongue, he has distinguished himself. For his contributions to broadcasting, both in the United States and in Great Britain, this recognition to Alistair Cooke from the Peabody Board.... read more

  • Prisoners of the Harvest
    Prisoners of the Harvest

    When WTSP-TV learned that migrant farm workers were being kidnapped, abused, and enslaved by a farm labor contractor, they assigned a first-rate reporting team to the task of uncovering the story. Despite great personal risks which had to be taken to uncover the forced labor operations, the team brought to the people of their viewing area revelations of a serious problem that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. For this courageous investigative reporting, a Peabody Award to WTSP-TV.... read more

  • Search for Alexander
    Search for Alexander

    WWL-TV is no stranger to the Peabody Awards. Indeed, no commercial television station has won more than his this New Orleans giant. Search for Alexander follows in the great tradition of previous winners. It is professionally photographed, exceptionally well-written and bears the distinctive and distinguished touch of the talented Phil Johnson. Anticipating the arrival of the Alexander exhibit in New Orleans, WWL-TV sent a documentary team abroad, headed by Phil Johnson and including the outstanding cinematographer/editor, James Tolhurst.... read more

  • Skeezer

    Skeezer is an exceptionally well-written and ably-produced movie-for-television which relates the true story of a dog used by therapists in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. This program, designed for children, has great appeal for all family members. It is more than a typical “pet dog” story; it is a celebration of life and hope for maltreated, withdrawn, and disturbed youngsters.... read more

  • Smiley’s People
    Smiley’s People

    When the BBC stamps its mark upon a television production, it is generally recognized as a mark of excellence. Seldom has this been a more accurate conclusion than in the six-hour mini-series, Smiley’s People. Alec Guinness brought additional distinction to his already overwhelming series of credits with his portrayal of the British spy hero, George Smiley, who had been retired but who wanted one more go against the notorious Karla, his Russian counterpart. Combine Guinness’ exceptional talents with... read more

  • Sweet Nothing
    Sweet Nothing

    Our society’s excessive consumption of sugar is the focus of this excellent documentary. The show imaginatively combines animation, music and editing techniques with interviews and scientific research to create an interesting and informative expose. The program performs a vital public service. Its content and style make it appealing and useful to all ages, social economic groups, and it demonstrates that educational programs need not be dull, preachy, or pedantic.... read more

  • Taylor Made Piano: A Jazz History
    Taylor Made Piano: A Jazz History

    National Public Radio has produced a fascinating and innovative 13-part survey of jazz. This series did not seek to reeducate those already steeped in what jazz was all about but, rather, told the non-musician listener enough to heighten interest in and understanding of this great musical form. Jazz musician Billy Taylor was able to tell the story of jazz from his own important perspective-that of a performing artist. And he did the telling with such care and attention... read more

  • The Bob and Ray Public Radio Show
    The Bob and Ray Public Radio Show

    The Bob and Ray Public Radio Show is deserving of Peabody recognition for at least three reasons. First, it returns Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding to their original medium after a six-year hiatus. Second, it proves that programming does not need to be slickly produced to be interesting and imaginative. Lastly, it provides a welcome comedic respite from a seemingly endless drone of bad news. Our society needs their brand of satirical, self-deprecating, but always gentle, humor.... read more

  • The Electric Grandmother
    The Electric Grandmother

    Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, The Electric Grandmother stars Maureen Stapleton as the robot grandmother “adopted” by a motherless, grieving family. This children’s program merges science and technology with basic human values. Stapleton’s robot is not merely an android servant; her boundless energy is matched by great cheer and an ear for classic literature. This outstanding program teaches that there is room for humanity in the technological future. ... read more

  • The Larry King Show
    The Larry King Show

    Every weeknight, thousands and thousands of Americans tune in to their favorite Mutual station and hear quality radio programming as Larry King interviews a celebrity or a newsmaker. Later, many of these listeners invest their own money in calling Larry King and making observations about a variety of things. The discussions and the calls are interesting, informative, entertaining, and lend a welcome relief to much of today’s radio fare. On Larry King Show one may expect to find... read more

  • The Man Who Shot the Pope: A Study in Terrorism
    The Man Who Shot the Pope: A Study in Terrorism

    NBC News has produced an exhaustive investigative documentary which examines both the background and the motives of Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot the Pope in May of 1981. The show rigorously retraces Agca’s history of violence and terrorism and introduces evidence which suggests links between his activities, the Bulgarian Secret Service, and the KGB. This television documentary is an exceptional example of the art that is both comprehensive and compelling, but one that doesn’t go beyond the evidence.... read more

  • The Sunday Show
    The Sunday Show

    The Sunday Show on NPR has been called “America’s Showcase for the Arts.” And well it may be, for a sampling of almost any of Sunday’s presentations range from intelligent and timely commentary, to interviews with internationally known artists and performers, to choral groups recorded from Washington’s National Cathedral. There is virtually nothing that John Bos, the executive producer, and his excellent team of producer Fred Bourque, directors Rose Tobin and Laura Walker, will not tackle. Their interests... read more

  • The Wall
    The Wall

    This dramatic presentation recreates the heroic Warsaw ghetto uprising during World War II. Historical accuracy is achieved through extensive location photography and considerable attention to lighting, costume, and scenic design. Beyond production excellence, The Wall is distinguished by its humanity and its humility. By avoiding gratuitous and graphic violence, and instead, focusing on individual and family struggle, the story is vividly and successfully realized. In the opinion of the Peabody Board, The Wall is a worthy recipient of... read more

  • They Served With Honor
    They Served With Honor

    With the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the nation took a giant step in the healing process which had been slow in coming. Reporter Larry Matthews of the WMAL news team brought to listeners of that excellent radio station a very moving examination of the memorial itself, and, indeed, of the entire Vietnam experience, through personal reflections of veterans of that conflict. There was a rifleman, a nurse, a former prisoner of war, and others... read more