WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show and Studio 360
Win Peabody Awards
(New York, NY – March 27, 2013) – Two WNYC radio programs, The Leonard Lopate Show and Studio 360® with Kurt Andersen from WNYC and PRI, have been recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2012. This is Studio 360’s second Peabody Award.
The Peabody judges said of The Leonard Lopate Show: “Lopate presides over New York’s most revered radio forum for exploring the arts, cultural affairs and the public life of the city.”
The judges said of Studio 360’s Inside the National Recording Registry, “These are marvelous micro-documentaries, each one presenting a registry inductee – Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” score, for instance, or Professor Longhair’s “Tipitina” – and describing how and why it was chosen.”
“We are honored that two of our programs were recognized with this most prestigious award,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC. “The Leonard Lopate Show and Studio 360 possess all that is best in public radio - thoughtful discussions with fresh, unexpected perspectives. I am extremely proud of the WNYC staff that work tirelessly on these shows every day.”
The Leonard Lopate Show is an inside look at New York City’s culinary, political, literary and cultural scene. Heavy-hitting writers, actors, ex-presidents, political figures, economists, scientists, comedians, dancers, chefs, historians, filmmakers and do-it-yourself experts have all sat down with Leonard Lopate in the WNYC studios for in-depth and personal conversations. The show celebrated its 28th anniversary this month.
Studio 360’s special series, Inside the National Recording Registry, produced by Ben Manilla Productions, examines the recordings chosen by the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. The series includes Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, R.E.M’s “Radio Free Europe”, Morton Subotnick’s “Silver Apples of the Moon” and Carmen Miranda’s “O Que E Que Bahiana Tem.”
In the past nine years, WNYC Radio has won five other Peabody Awards for On the Media, Studio 360, Radio Rookies, The Brian Lehrer Show, and Radiolab.
The winners of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Peabody Award is among the most prestigious awards for broadcasting and cable excellence, and given solely on merit rather than within designated categories. The awards will be presented on May 2013 at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.