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July 12, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR

Lost and Found Soundtm Wins Clarion Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Lost and Found Sound received a prestigious Clarion Award for Best Public Radio Documentary Series from The Association for Women in Communications. The series, which is produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) and Jay Allison in collaboration with NPR®, independent producers, artists, radio stations, and listeners, is broadcast on NPR's All Things Considered®. Lost and Found Sound is a collection of richly layered stories that explore 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, stories of people possessed by sound and music. The series examines what we Americans choose to capture in our radio broadcasts, home recordings and sonic obsessions, and how this reveals what we value, notice and preserve. Stories provide glimpses of the century caught in the sounds and personal reflections of everyday life, and great moments in history.

"This award is a tribute to the remarkable artistry and compelling use of sound that defines Lost and Found Sound and adds so much to the lives of listeners to NPR stations nationwide," said Kevin Klose, President and Chief Executive Officer for NPR.

According to the Clarion Award judges, "This series is the ultimate radio documentary, placing the listener into scenes from the past, over and over again. Listening to Lost and Found Sound is the radio parallel to a delightful, multi-course meal made up of dishes with diverse flavors and textures. It leaves the listener with a rare, intense feeling of satisfaction."

Funding for Lost and Found Sound is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Clarion Awards, sponsored by The Association for Women in Communications, is a renowned competition recognizing the best works from all communications fields. Entries are judged against the work of their peers in size and budget to ensure that everyone from the largest ad agency to the smallest newspaper are fairly considered. The Award will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, September 14, 2000 in Austin, Texas.

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