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For immediate release
April 7, 2003
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Yiddish Radio Project, Sonic Memorial Project Wins Peabody Awards Radio Productions Were Featured on NPR's All Things Considered in 2002

WASHINGTON - Two special series featured on NPR's All Things Considered in 2002 received 62nd annual George Foster Peabody Awards, one of broadcasting's most prestigious honors. The Sonic Memorial Project, a national collaboration spearheaded by NPR's Lost & Found Sound and The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), and The Yiddish Radio Project, which was produced by MacArthur Fellow David Isay, musician/historian Henry Sapoznik and Sound Portrait Productions, each received awards for excellence. Barbara Walters will present the awards on May 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

The Sonic Memorial Project, presented on NPR's All Things Considered from February to September 2002 and on the Web at SonicMemorial.org, is a collection of radio stories, phone messages and sound that chronicles the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood. Listeners can hear the stories of New York's Radio Row, the Mohawk ironworkers who helped build the Towers; the "Building Stewardesses," construction guides who handled PR for the Trade Center when it was a new development; and more at the SonicMemorial.org Web site or at npr.org/programs/atc/features/2002/sonicmemorial. SonicMemorial.org also received Peabody recognition as an "outstanding companion Web site."

The Yiddish Radio Project was presented on NPR's All Things Considered in 10 installments from March 19 to May 21, 2002, offering an unprecedented window into Jewish immigrant culture in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century. The series explores the Yiddish and English language dramas, music, news programs, advice and game shows, man-on-the-street interviews and even commercials that were stalwarts of Yiddish radio. Web visitors can experience the Yiddish Radio Project at yiddishradio.org or at npr.org/programs/atc/features/2002/Yiddish.

"We knew-and listeners told us-that these radio programs were winners from the start," said Jay Kernis, NPR's senior vice president for programming. "The Yiddish Radio and Sonic Memorial projects are extraordinary segments that demonstrate the art of what radio can be, and what only public radio can do-satisfy the mind and the heart. When these stories were on the air, you couldn't turn your radio off. They're both outstanding examples of the essential contributions independent radio producers make to NPR."


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