For immediate release
May 17, 2000
Siriol Evans

NPR's Lost & Found Sound Web Site Wins Webby Award

Washington, DC - The Lost & Found SoundTM Web site, part of NPR OnlineSM at, has won a 2000 Webby Award in the Radio category. The Web site, also available at, is a multi-media extension of the Peabody Award-winning "Lost & Found Sound" radio series on NPR®'s All Things Considered ®. "Lost & Found Sound" chronicles the riveting sounds and amazing stories of American life in the 20th Century. Executive producers are Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva (The Kitchen Sisters) and Jay Allison.

"The Lost & Found Sound Web site is a compelling dimension of the project which brings the sounds and stories of the radio series to life on the Internet," says Davia Nelson. "It is a truly collaborative, creative effort among NPR, independent producers, artists, radio stations and the Americans who share their rich memories and the audio artifacts of life in the 20th Century."

The Webby Awards are hailed by some as the "Oscars of the Internet." Upon receiving the award at a celebrity-studded ceremony in San Francisco last week, in which acceptance speeches have a five-word limit, Nikki Silva exclaimed "Viva Las Webbys and NPR."

Key contributors to the "Lost & Found Sound" Web site include The Kitchen Sisters, Allison, "Lost & Found Sound" project manager Sandra Wong, NPR Web assistant Josh Barlow, NPR project associate Kate Volkman, "Lost & Found Sound" graphic designer Laura Folger, NPR Web designer Erik Dunham and NPR Online production supervisor Chris Mandra. NPR Web site development is led by MJ Bear, Vice President of NPR Online. The Executive Producer for All Things Considered is Ellen Weiss, and the Senior Producer is Art Silverman, who coordinated the series for NPR.

"This Web site provides an interactive version of "Lost & Found Sound" for Internet users to enjoy and explore at their convenience in an interactive format," says MJ Bear. "It offers deeper information which enhances this fabulous radio series, provides exclusive online material, and is a tribute to our partnership with Davia, Nikki and Jay."

"Lost & Found Sound" is a collection of richly layered stories that explores the ways recorded sound captured and changed the course of history, and how the sound of daily life has changed over the last hundred years. The series features endangered sounds, vanishing voices, the merging of languages and the soundtrack of the streets.

Since its launch last year, the "Lost & Found Sound" Web site has attracted tens of thousands of visitors. The site provides Internet users with stories and streaming audio, as well as a multitude of enrichments - written text, photographs and other visual elements.

Funding for "Lost & Found Sound" is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for Web sites. The awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a diverse, 350-person organization whose members include Esther Dyson, David Bowie, Francis Ford Coppola, Robin Williams and Julia Child. In recent years, NPR has expanded its reach onto the Internet with NPR Online at NPR Online brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. The Web site attracts 350,000 visits and more than a million page views per week.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information, and cultural programming, NPR reaches a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR WorldwideSM, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.