For immediate release
July 14, 2000
Laura Gross, NPR
202-414-2300
lgross@npr.org

National Public Radio Wins Awards at the New York Festivals

WASHINGTON, DC-Five National Public Radio® (NPR®) programs won awards from The New York Festivals International Radio Programming and Promotion Awards. Rewindsm, Jazz Profiles®, The Thistle & Shamrock®, The Imagination Workshop, and On the Media® won medals for their outstanding work over the past year.

Jazz Profiles, a weekly one-hour documentary series produced by NPR's Tim Owens and hosted by Nancy Wilson, received a Gold WorldMedal in the Culture and The Arts Category. The Imagination Workshop, produced by Darrel Brogdon at NPR member station KANU in Lawrence, Kansas, won a Gold WorldMedal for Best Writing. Rewind, produced by NPR member station KUOW in Seattle, Washington, won two awards, including the Silver Medal for Best Sound and a Finalist Certificate for Best Writing. On the Media, produced by NPR member station WNYC Radio New York, won the Silver WorldMedal for Best Investigative Report regarding their intriguing coverage and live telecasts of hostage situations. The Bronze WorldMedal in the Best Music Special category was awarded to NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock, produced in Scotland by host Fiona Ritchie, for Season's Greetings from The Thistle & Shamrock.

"What's particularly encouraging about these prestigious awards is the variety of the NPR programs they honor in music, public affairs and satire. NPR is deeply gratified that the excellence we strive for in all our programming has been recognized by our broadcasting colleagues through The New York Festivals," said NPR's Vice President of Cultural Programming, Murray Horwitz.

Since 1957, The New York Festivals was designed primarily to reward outstanding achievements in media. This year, 1,317 entries were received from 37 countries around the world.

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