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  • “1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria” and “1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal”
    1976
    “1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria” and “1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal”

    A Peabody Award to ABC Sports for its superior coverage of the 1976 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, and the Summer Games in Montreal. Coverage of both these events represents a high watermark of professionalism in sports journalism. Executive producer Roone Arledge, anchorman Jim McKay, and the entire ABC Sports staff singularly emphasized the human drama of international competition in a total of 78 hours of memorable television.... read more

  • “4 the Family” Project
    1987
    “4 the Family” Project

    In its Peabody entry WSMV TV, Nashville, said, in part: “The American family faces many challenges and at times it seems traditional family life may become extinct. But a healthy, happy family is the core of our society and that’s why WSMV is devoted to this project.” The project involved the use of more than a million-and-a-half dollars of air time for programming and public service announcements with a family theme. Using the title 4 The Family and utilizing the talents of many staff members WSMV TV succeeded, in a superb effort, to focus the attention of its viewers on... read more

  • “Against the Storm” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1941
    “Against the Storm” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    Outstanding Entertainment in Drama: An award in drama is in honor of a daytime program which stands head and shoulders above the mediocrities in its field. The program is entitled Against the Storm. Its human interest and integrity are much needed; its author, Sandra Michaels, and its director, John Gibbs—a good team in life as in radio—deserve our award and our congratulations.... read more

  • “America’s Town Meeting of the Air” for Outstanding Educational Program
    1945
    “America’s Town Meeting of the Air” for Outstanding Educational Program

    The edification, the fearlessness and the fair, firm moderation which have characterized George V. Denny’s selection and conduct of America’s Town Meeting of the Air were never more urgently needed by conscientious listeners. To Mr. Denny, to his capable staff, and to the American Broadcasting Company, we take pleasure in presenting the Peabody Award for the outstanding educational program of 1945. Mr. Denny has the distinction of being the first double winner: Town Meeting received the medal in 1943 and is still the irresistible leader in its field. This program has served as a stalwart example for 26 Junior Town... read more

  • “As the Twig is Bent” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1947
    “As the Twig is Bent” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    (Honorable Mention) Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station: A citation in the field of public service by a regional station is well-deserved by station WCCO, Minneapolis, for its program entitled, As the Twig is Bent. This program is the culmination of a year-long effort to secure the passage of a Minnesota State Youth Conservation Act, and, what is more, to make that act effective. So unusual and so practical was this program that the ideas in it and the station have been cited as an example to the governors of the forty-seven other states.... read more

  • “Bob and Ray” Show
    1956
    “Bob and Ray” Show

    Once upon a time—and how astonishingly few years ago this was!—the radio comedian was the entertainer of the nation. Each hour of the night had a funnyman it could call its own. But now all this has changed; radio comedy has become a disappearing art. Disappearing, but by no means dead—and for much of the life that remains, we must thank the comedy team of Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding. Through their own show on Mutual, as well as through their appearances on NBC’s Monitor, Bob And Ray have continued to provide us with some of the finest comedy available... read more

  • “Calling Longshoremen” for Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station
    1943
    “Calling Longshoremen” for Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station

    Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station: The award for outstanding public service by a local station goes to Station KYA, San Francisco, for its program, Calling Longshoremen, which was originated by Don Fedderson and which by daily dispatch of longshoremen to vital points saved thousands of man-hours and greatly increased the speed of shore loading in one of the nation’s busiest ports.... read more

  • “Cavalcade of America” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1944
    “Cavalcade of America” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    Outstanding Entertainment in Drama. In the field of drama, Cavalcade Of America has made an endearing place for itself in the hearts of the people. Here is a program that brings home to us the best exploits of our contemporary history. Its choice of actors is unerring and in such performances as Take Her Down, which starred Clark Gable on his first appearance after leaving the Army, Report From The Pacific, which made us proud of Bob Hope and his entire troupe, and Autobiography of an Angel, the story of an Army nurse so brilliantly portrayed by Helen Hayes, has... read more

  • “Choose or Lose” Campaign
    1992
    “Choose or Lose” Campaign

    In its short life, MTV has variously been praised and vilified for its influence on musical taste, fashion, movies, television, and advertising. In 1992, MTV turned its attention to increasing the political awareness of its viewers and promoting their participation in local and national elections. The result was Choose or Lose, a multimedia campaign which contributed to the largest turnout among young voters since 1972. While it is impossible to credit MTV as solely instrumental in this regard, there is no doubt that the amount of airtime devoted to voter registration and voter information, and the powerful and compelling messages... read more

  • “CNN’s Reporting of the Arab Spring;” “Uprising in Libya;” “Egypt—Wave of Discontent”
    2011
    “CNN’s Reporting of the Arab Spring;” “Uprising in Libya;” “Egypt—Wave of Discontent”

    As citizens throughout the Middle East rose up against dictatorial governments in the spring of 2011, CNN provided coverage both wide and deep. A network of correspondents traveled across the region, from Tunisia to Egypt, Bahrain to Yemen and Libya. They were present for almost every major event, providing visual information made more meaningful with informed commentary and analysis—Nic Robertson’s discovery of the Lockerbie bomber near death in a luxury compound, Sara Sidner accompanying rebels into the Gaddafi compound, Ivan Watson’s interview with Wael Ghonim, the Facebook executive who posted a call for citizens to gather in Tahrir Square, following... read more

  • “Cross-Rhoads” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Staition
    1944
    “Cross-Rhoads” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Staition

    The award goes to Cross-Rhoads, a weekly quarter-hour program over WIBX, Utica, New York, presented by returned overseas veterans of the army now stationed at Rhoads General Hospital in Utica. Each week this program dramatizes a battle experience of one of the Rhoads patients, and in so doing, it enlarges our understanding of the veterans and strengthens the bond between the home front and the men who bear the brunt. All participants, including the announcer, are veterans. The script is written by the Public Relations Special Service at the hospital and is produced with the help of the American Red... read more

  • “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

  • “Disaster Broadcast From Cotton Valley” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station
    1947
    “Disaster Broadcast From Cotton Valley” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station: In 1947, no local station in the country was more alert than Station KXAR of Hope, Arkansas. They merit a Peabody Award for the speed with which they came to the rescue of their own community. Here is the remarkable record of a new station, handicapped by limited facilities, which rose to the crisis when the neighboring country was devastated by a tornado. With a word of thanks to Mutual, who should be proud of this junior, the award for outstanding public service by a local station goes to KXAR of Hope, Arkansas,... read more

  • “Exposure: Banaz: An Honour Killing” and “Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile”
    2012
    “Exposure: Banaz: An Honour Killing” and “Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile”

    Presented by ITV’s documentary anthology Exposure, these films exhibited both sensitivity and unblinking honesty in examining two different cultural horrors in Great Britain. Banaz: An Honour Killing chronicled a young Kurdish-British woman’s brutal murder –- punishment punishment ordered by members of her own family for shaming them. She had dared to leave her abusive husband and date another man. The crushing centerpiece is a video, recorded at one of her several visits to the police, in which she predicts her demise and the likely perpetrators. Almost as powerful are candid interviews with Banaz’s sister, who is in hiding, fearing for... read more

  • “Forests Aflame” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1948
    “Forests Aflame” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    During the period of greatest forest fire danger, radio station KNBC, San Francisco, produced nine weekly dramatic programs, Forests Aflame, containing a vital message on conservation. Important as was the subject matter, the effectiveness of the presentation, from radio’s point of view, was even more significant. Those were not sermons. They were primarily programs of entertainment, designed to appeal to a wide audience: all of those who would be traveling in the forest areas of the West, and any one of whom might be the very person to whom this warning should be directed. Each program was a self-contained story.... read more

  • “Government Under Law” for Radio Education
    1963
    “Government Under Law” for Radio Education

    For devoting good radio time to emphasizing and clarifying basic constitutional rights and freedoms through a regular series of short, informative, and interesting interviews in the program, Government Under Law, the Peabody Award for radio education, 1963, is hereby presented to WLW, Cincinnati.... read more

  • “Human Adventure” for Outstanding Educational Program
    1944
    “Human Adventure” for Outstanding Educational Program

    Outstanding Educational Program: For the outstanding educational program, the award goes to Human Adventure, a series of programs presented by the University of Chicago. Human Adventure explores in a dramatic form subjects as highbrow as The Origin of the Earth, Penicillin, The Wonder Drug, and even The Einstein Theory of Relativity. Such Human Adventure might have been profoundly dull; instead, it was made clear and knowledgeable. So, to Human Adventure a Peabody Award and to the radio industry, a plea for more such programs.... read more

  • “Junior Commandos” for Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station
    1943
    “Junior Commandos” for Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station

    (Honorable Mention) Outstanding Community Service by a Local Station: Honorable mention to station WSNJ, Bridgeton, New Jersey, for its program, Junior Commandos, which proved of special incentive and interest in the juvenile field.... read more

  • “Legislative Heights” for Public Service by a Local Station
    1949
    “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

  • “Let’s Pretend” for Outstanding Children’s Program
    1943
    “Let’s Pretend” for Outstanding Children’s Program

    Outstanding Children’s Program: The award for the outstanding children’s program goes to Let’s Pretend.” Directed by Miss Nila Mack, this dramatization of great fairy tales has contributed both to entertainment and education, both to the passive and active development of children. The dramas are played chiefly by children themselves. In addition to the merit of this program’s direct contribution to the imagination of American children, it has become one of the most unusual child-acting schools of the air—numerous veterans of its “troupe” have gone on to play remarkable juvenile parts on Broadway. <p><p>... read more

  • “Lux Radio Theatre” and “An Open Letter to the American People” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1943
    “Lux Radio Theatre” and “An Open Letter to the American People” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    Outstanding Entertainment in Drama: For outstanding entertainment in drama, the Board voted a double award to Lux Radio Theatre and An Open Letter to the American People—both CBS presentations. The first, produced by Cecil B. DeMille, received more listening-post votes than any other program in this category. The second, written and produced by William N. Robson (a 1942 Peabody winner for his production, The Man Behind the Gun), argued with dramatic simplicity and force for futility of violence as a solution of racial problems.... read more

  • “Lyric Opera Live Broadcasts” and “Music in Chicago”
    1973
    “Lyric Opera Live Broadcasts” and “Music in Chicago”

    To WFMT in Chicago, a Peabody Award for the laudable effort to provide listeners with truly memorable experiences in the world of music through its exceptionally well-done Music in Chicago series. Special note is taken of the efforts of WFMT in providing unique experiences in music through the fine program utilizing electronic music. WFMT is also cited for the success of its first-time opening-night coverage of the Lyric Opera of Chicago performances throughout the entire three-month series. For these outstanding contributions to the musical enjoyment of its listeners, a George Foster Peabody Award to WFMT, Chicago.... read more

  • “Medical Viewpoint” and “Pearl Harbor, Lest We Forget/Requiem for the USA”
    1970
    “Medical Viewpoint” and “Pearl Harbor, Lest We Forget/Requiem for the USA”

    A Peabody Award seeks to recognize service to the public above and beyond that which a station would normally feel compelled to give and which the station’s resources would normally permit. WAHT, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, is just such an example. This station, through its public service programs, has sought to give the listeners in its area an extra measure of insight into the events of these days. Recognizing especially the outstanding contributions of Fred Williams, and singling out two programs, Medical Viewpoint, an outstanding bi-weekly series, and Pearl Harbor, Lest We Forget/Requiem for the USA, a soul-searching tribute to those who... read more

  • “Money for Nothing;” “The Buried and the Dead;” “Television Justice;” “Kinder Prison”
    2007
    “Money for Nothing;” “The Buried and the Dead;” “Television Justice;” “Kinder Prison”

    Investigations revealing that a major U.S. financial institution is making loans to non-existent companies in Mexico, that regional law-enforcement officers had collaborated with news crews to produce a prime-time TV program, that conditions in a prison housing children were deplorable, and that pipelines carrying gas into homes are unsafe—and they all come from one Dallas, Texas, television station. In these stories, truly outstanding work extends far beyond the home studio, all the way to international corruption. It links small town life and nationally broadcast television programs. It follows the practices of federal immigration officials whose policies harmed children. And it... read more

  • “Music and the Spoken Word” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music
    1943
    “Music and the Spoken Word” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music

    Outstanding Entertainment in Music: The award for outstanding entertainment in music goes to the Tabernacle Choir, whose Sunday program entitled, Music and the Spoken Word, originates in station KSL of Salt Lake City. For twelve years past, this choir of 400 voices under the leadership of Richard Evans has trained itself voluntarily for this weekly broadcast and has maintained throughout the highest standard of choral singing.... read more

  • “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

  • “Open Line” for Radio Public Service
    1963
    “Open Line” for Radio Public Service

    With its daily program, Open Line, KSTP has promoted public discussion of important issues relating to the community. This station played a significant role in the 1963 statewide controversy involving the University of Minnesota and certain public groups which claimed that this institution was harboring subversive agents and influences. Lee Vogel, the producer, by giving ample air time to numerous civic leaders, professors, and students, succeeded in making known the true situation and reestablishing a sense of confidence and integrity. In recognition, the Peabody Award for radio public service, 1963.... read more

  • “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 Hidden Enemy—Venereal Disease” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station
    1942
    “Our Hidden Enemy—Venereal Disease” for Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Local Station: The award for outstanding public service by a local station goes to station KOAC, Corvalis, Oregon, for the program, Our Hidden Enemy—Venereal Disease, which, in the words of the U.S. Surgeon General, “has made a unique and valuable contribution.” These programs were prepared by Dr. Charles Baker, a leading syphologist, for the University of Kentucky. KOAC has the distinction of being the first to accept this courageous series.... 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

  • “Peace…On Our Time” and “The Death of Ruben Salazar”
    1970
    “Peace…On Our Time” and “The Death of Ruben Salazar”

    Public service in its highest sense was exemplified by KMEX-TV, a Spanish-language UHF station in Los Angeles, following the slaying by sheriff’s deputies of Ruben Salazar, the station’s news editor. Through the efforts of station manager, Danny Villanueva, both on and off the air, a threatened riot of major proportions was averted and the tension defused.... read more

  • “Philharmonic Young Artists Series” for Outstanding Program for Youth
    1944
    “Philharmonic Young Artists Series” for Outstanding Program for Youth

    Outstanding Program for Youth: The Peabody medal for the outstanding youth program goes without hesitation to Station KFI, Los Angeles, for its notable series, Philharmonic Young Artists Competition. Co-sponsored by KFI, the Southern California Symphony Association and the Los Angeles Daily News, this program has discovered young artists and has presented them with admirable orchestral support. This program is to be commended for what it does for young artists and quite as much for building up a wide, excited audience of young music lovers.... read more

  • “Project 1 Experiment” for “The Carpenters: Live in Concert” and “Helen Reddy: Live in Concert”
    1973
    “Project 1 Experiment” for “The Carpenters: Live in Concert” and “Helen Reddy: Live in Concert”

    To NBC radio, a Peabody Award for its outstanding Project I Experiment series. The Peabody Board salutes NBC Radio for its alertness in locating exceptional talent and then utilizing this talent in innovative radio programming. Two programs in the series are especially singled out by the Board for their outstanding contributions to musical entertainment: The Carpenters—Live in Concert and Helen Reddy—Live in Concert. For the Project I Experiment series a Peabody Award to NBC Radio.... read more

  • “Report Uncensored” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1947
    “Report Uncensored” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station: Every great municipality today is faced with the problem of juvenile delinquency. Our award for outstanding public service by a regional station goes to station WBBM of Chicago for its program, Report Uncensored. With alert detail and wise understanding, this program has helped to educate and arouse a great community to the causes of juvenile delinquency; and, what is more, has stimulated enlistment in the city Volunteer Bureau for a comprehensive attack on the problem.... read more

  • “Ryan Martin” as presented on “Weekend Edition”
    1987
    “Ryan Martin” as presented on “Weekend Edition”

    Ryan Martin is a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the back and subsequently confined to a wheelchair. While many similar stories focus exclusively on the tragedy of such an event, this story reveals Ryan Martin’s triumph and his adaptation to a new way of life. This excellent program illustrates that even though the body can be crippled, the mind can overcome the limitations of the body. Ryan’s family is also brought into the piece and their support is crucial to his success. Reporter John Hockenberry, similarly confined to a wheelchair, is able to understand the issues that the less... read more

  • “Save a Life” for Outstanding Local Public Service
    1945
    “Save a Life” for Outstanding Local Public Service

    Outstanding Local Public Service: For outstanding local public service, the award goes to KOMA of Oklahoma City for its Save a Life campaign. Undertaken primarily as a local public service, this series was so successful during 1945 that it has served as a model for a similar regional undertaking in 1946. Indicative of the local value of this public service is the fact that traffic deaths had risen 60 percent over the 1944 total before this program was started. For the duration of the series, there was a sharp decline. With the increased automobile travel following the close of the... read more

  • “Second Sunday: Communism in the 70s” and “A Right to Death”
    1973
    “Second Sunday: Communism in the 70s” and “A Right to Death”

    To the NBC Radio Network for the exceptionally well-done series, Second Sunday, with special reference to two outstanding presentations in that series: Communism in the 70s and A Right to Death. NBC has presented in prime time searching examinations of problems which are critical to the nation. They have used radio’s unique ability for concise statement to bring listeners the essentials of an issue and varying viewpoints held by those closely involved. Communism in the 70s and A Right to Death represent the range of topics from complex political-economic situations to intensely personal and ethical dilemmas.... read more

  • “Telephone Hour” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music
    1944
    “Telephone Hour” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music

    Outstanding Entertainment in Music: In making any award for music, the Peabody Committee must begin by expressing its admiration for the Symphony Orchestras and the Metropolitan Opera, which radio has taken over from the concert halls. To signalize any one of them would be unfair to the rest. Instead, we feel that our award should go to a program planned exclusively for the radio. Telephone Hour with its special orchestra of 57 pieces, the versatility which it encourages in its guest artists, stars of the magnitude of Kreisler, Heifetz, Bidu Sayoa and Marian Anderson, and the excellent programs so well... read more

  • “The Case Against Women: Sexism in the Courts” as Presented on “NPR’s Horizons”
    1991
    “The Case Against Women: Sexism in the Courts” as Presented on “NPR’s Horizons”

    In this illuminating documentary presented on National Public Radio’s Horizons, producer, writer and reporter Helen Borten focuses on how women fare as defendants and plaintiffs in cases involving allegations of child abuse or neglect. The disturbing revelations illustrate the tendency of some judges and attorneys to accord less credibility to the claims and testimony of women. The Case Against Women: Sexism in the Courts presents considerable statistical and anecdotal evidence that by denying women equal treatment, family courts may be breaking up families, violating federal and state laws and harming the very children they are supposed to protect. For shining... 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 Home Front” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station
    1942
    “The Home Front” for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station

    Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station: The award for outstanding public service by a regional station goes to station WCHS, Charleston, West Virginia, for the program The Home Front, a twice-weekly feature which has created and maintained morale by providing authoritative answers to listener questions dealing with the most perplexing of public problems in a community at war. In making this award, the Peabody Board has been guided by the University of Georgia faculty committee on preliminary selections.... read more

  • “The Man Behind the Gun” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1942
    “The Man Behind the Gun” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    The award for the outstanding entertainment in drama goes to the new program entitled The Man Behind the Gun—broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System, brilliantly written by Ronald R. MacDougall and authentically produced by William Northrup Robson—for timeliness, a racy dialogue and a vivid sound effect which intensify our appreciation of what the men in action are up against.... read more

  • “The NBC Symphony of the Air” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama
    1945
    “The NBC Symphony of the Air” for Outstanding Entertainment in Drama

    Outstanding Entertainment in Music: The Board was, as always, grateful for the superb recordings of the Metropolitan Opera and the great symphonies. In choosing the NBC Symphony of the Air for a music award, the Board salutes not only a magnificent conductor, but takes special recognition of an orchestra brought together explicitly for the radio and far-reaching educational program which together have made fine music a living force in millions of American homes.... read more

  • “The Quiet Answer” for Public Service by a Regional Station
    1950
    “The Quiet Answer” for Public Service by a Regional Station

    Selecting a critical local problem as an opportunity for public service, Station WBBM sought the cooperation of sixteen major agencies and a panel of outstanding authorities in gathering the facts about tensions and conflicts in race relations in Chicago. Using tape recorded interviews as a basis, drama and music were skillfully blended in a seven-week series of hard-hitting dramatic essays titled, The Quiet Answer, which revealed to Chicagoans what they were saying, feeling, and doing. Scheduled at a season usually characterized by racial violence, the programs achieved high audience acceptance and directly stimulated improved local legislation. The careful preparation, the... 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

  • “The Reader’s Almanac” and “Teenage Book Talk”
    1961
    “The Reader’s Almanac” and “Teenage Book Talk”

    It is the considered opinion of the Peabody Awards Board that television and radio, far from being the ogres book publishers once labeled them, are actually a stimulant to the cause of good book reading in America. Proof of the pudding is the resounding success scored by two radio programs devoted entirely to books by station WNYC, New York’s fine municipal broadcasting system. One of the programs is The Reader’s Almanac, conducted since 1934 by Professor Warren Bower of the New York University Writing Center. The other is Teenage Book Talk, presented, unrehearsed, every Saturday morning by New York Public... read more

  • “The Standard Symphony” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music
    1942
    “The Standard Symphony” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music

    Outstanding Entertainment in Music: The award for outstanding entertainment in music goes to The Standard Symphony, National Broadcasting Company Pacific Coast Network. This is a program, now in its 15th year, has performed the double service of bringing the world’s great music to adult listeners along the Pacific coast and of providing delightful programs of interpretation to 4,700 schools.... read more

  • “These Are Americans” for Outstanding Community Service by a Regional Station
    1943
    “These Are Americans” for Outstanding Community Service by a Regional Station

    Outstanding Community Service by a Regional Station: The award for outstanding community service by a regional station goes to Station KNX, Los Angeles, for These Are Americans, a series of six programs dealing with the Mexican-American groups in this country. Intelligently and carefully prepared, this series emphasizes the need for tolerance and understanding in a locality where the absence of these restraining virtues can lead to serious difficulties. The approach is realistic and fair, the presentation skillful and effective.... read more

  • “Toward a Better World” for Outstanding Regional Public Service
    1945
    “Toward a Better World” for Outstanding Regional Public Service

    Outstanding Regional Public Service: For outstanding public service by a regional station, the Board has chosen station KFWB for its program, Toward a Better World. This unique coverage of the United Nations Conference in San Francisco, wherein trained analysts, statesmen, reporters, and men in the street were utilized, contributed greatly to a comprehensive, critical understanding of the complexity of the programs of the conference, and serves as an excellent example of how the broadcasting industry can contribute both to the education of its listeners as individuals and to the improvement of groups by special regional service.... read more