Today was a good day for award announcements connected in some way to KUSP.
First, a huge thank you to the readers of the Santa Cruz Weekly for voting KUSP the Gold Award Winner for Best Radio Station in the paper’s 2010 “Best of Santa Cruz” poll!
Not only that, Larry Blood received a third place Gold Award for “Best Radio Personality!” Larry’s achievements in his KUSP career are vast – since 1983, host of Out Front, OutBack on Tuesday nights; Producer, Announcer, and Ringleader for KUSP’s annual broadcast of the Monterey Jazz Festival; and Recording Engineer for most of the Santa Cruz area concerts heard on KUSP On-Site! He’s a friend and a great teacher, and very much honored by this recognition.
This morning, the 2010 Peabody Awards were announced by their sponsor, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Three of the Peabodys have a KUSP connection. npr.org received its first Peabody as public radio’s “topically boundless web counterpart” (quoting the Peabody Board), Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR’s Afghanistan Bureau chief, won for her brilliant work covering both the military conflict and the deeper context of life there today; and Diane Rehm received a Peabody for her daily NPR program, which “epitomizes vigorous, courteous political discourse.”
Congratulations to all the winners, and to all KUSP contributing members who make these radio and web services possible!