24 Jun 'Piece of My Heart – The Story of Janis Joplin' Honored at New York FestivalsÂ® International Radio Program & Promotions Awards
New York FestivalsÂ® International Radio Program & Promotions Awards, honoring the World’s Best Radio ProgramsÂ®, celebrated its award winners on Monday, June 20th at the 2011 Radio Awards ceremony. The gala took place at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. NYF’s Art Deco trophy, reminiscent of the classic 1920s radio microphone, was presented to this year’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award winners. This year’s Grand Jury awarded 3 Grand Trophies: KUT 90.5FM Austin, Texas; Pirate Group Inc., Canada; and RTÃ‰ Radio, Ireland.
KUT 90.5FM Austin, Texas was awarded a Grand Trophy in the Culture & The Arts category for “Piece of My Heart – The Story of Janis Joplin.” This poignant, seldom told story of Janis Joplin chronicles her middle class upbringing in Port Arthur, Texas and tells the story of a young girl caught in the crosscurrents of cultural change.
“An undertaking like ‘Piece of My Heart’ required hundreds of hours of old-fashioned digging, the kind of journalism that’s usually reserved for so-called ‘hard news.’ The fact that our managers are willing to devote considerable resources to this kind of reporting speaks volumes about KUT’s commitment to long-form storytelling and its unique ability to enrich the lives of listeners. As radio producers — as storytellers — we’re grateful to the New York Festivals for its recognition of these efforts.” – David Brown, Executive Producer, KUT Austin 90.5FM Austin