WBUR Wins Five Associated Press News Awards

in News Releases, University Affairs
March 21st, 2007

Contact: Phil Gloudemans, 617-353-6546 | philipg@bu.edu
Contact: John Davidow, 617-353-0909 | jdavidow@bu.edu

(BOSTON) – WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, captured 2006 Associated Press (AP) top honors within five radio news categories, announced John Davidow, WBUR news director & managing editor.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, the Boston University-owned NPR station triumphed within the AP’s “General News,” “Documentary,” “Sports Program,” “Public Affairs” and “Use of Sound” categories for large-market stations within Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“We are honored by this acknowledgement of our dedicated news and production team,” said Davidow. “These awards are a tribute to the hardworking, intelligent and creative professionals who are so deeply committed to the delivery of high quality news to our listeners.”

Reporter Monica Brady-Myerov’s profile of Waltham’s Scanlon family, whose father Jim is deployed in Iraq as a sergeant in the Massachusetts National Guard, was the top entry in the “General News” category. Entitled “War on the Home Front,” the report is part of an ongoing series focused on the impact of Jim’s deployment on his wife, Karen, and two daughters. Margaret Evans served as editor and Michael Garth was engineer.

Produced by Anna Bensted, Rachel Gotbaum’s report on how Boston Medical Center was created from the merger of two very different medical institutions and how the hospital was established to build on a century-old tradition of caring for the Boston poor won in the “Documentary” category. George Hicks served as engineer.

“Only A Game” garnered the top spot within the “Sports Program” category for a November show that featured host Bill Littlefield’s discussion with football prognosticator Paul Attner; a segment on the surprising, bowl-bound Rutgers Scarlet Knights; a report on a high school marching band competing in the Bands of America Grand National Championships; Littlefield interviews with Olivia Manning, mother of NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli, and with author Robert Lipsyte on his new book, “Raiders Night;” and a football discussion with local analyst Charlie Pierce. Gary Waleik served as senior producer; Karen Given and Gabe O’Connor were associate producers; Jon Perotti was engineer.

“Public Affairs” category winner “Boston at the Crossroads,” a five-part series executive produced by Anna Bensted, took a critical look at the city’s economic roots, the significant changes that have shaped our city, and the challenges and opportunities facing Greater Boston at a time of transition. Reporters included Bob Oakes, Martha Bebinger, Monica Brady-Myerov and Fred Thys; Mark Navin produced and George Hicks was engineer.

“Cirkestra,” the “Use of Sound” winner, was a profile of a musical group composed of performers from various circus orchestras that appeared at a local club. Reported by Andrea Shea and edited by Margaret Evans, the story examined the role that music plays in creating the magic of the circus experience. Michael Garth served as engineer.

WBUR, one of the country’s most prominent public radio stations, was named the Associated Press Station of the Year for the third consecutive year in 2006. WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts the BBC World Service and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and the 2006 Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence” award from the New England Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).

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