XM’s “The Bob Edwards Show” Wins ASCAP Award For Radio Excellence In Music Coverage
ASCAP, The Catholic Academy for Communication Arts and The New York Festivals All Recognize “The Bob Edwards Show” with Top Honors for Radio Programming
Washington, D.C., October 17, 2006 – The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) has named “The Bob Edwards Show” as a recipient of this year’s Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for Overall Excellence in Music Coverage, it was announced today by XM, the nation’s leading satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers. XM’s Bob Edwards will receive this honor at the 39th Annual ASCAP awards ceremony December 7.
The ASCAP award is one of three to be given to “The Bob Edwards Show” this year in recognition of superior talk radio programming. “The Bob Edwards Show” was also awarded the Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professional for his radio documentary on Father Greg Boyle of East Lost Angeles. The piece centered on the community activism of the priest who rehabilitated thousands of gang members, getting them out of gangs and helping them find jobs. Edwards will receive his award in Los Angeles October 20. This is Edwards’ third Gabriel Award, but the first ever given to a satellite radio program.
In addition, last week Bob Edwards received the Environmental Program Gold World Medal from The New York Festivals for his radio documentary “Exploding Heritage,” on mountain top removal coal mining in Eastern Kentucky.
“Bob Edwards is one of the most respected and influential names in radio journalism. All of us at XM are proud of the quality journalism ‘The Bob Edwards Show’ consistently offers to listeners. The public recognition of Bob and his team’s tireless exploration of relevant topics is well-deserved,” said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM.
“The Bob Edwards Show,” the flagship program on XM Public Radio (XM 133), airs weekday mornings and features in-depth interviews with newsmakers, journalists, entertainers and other compelling figures. In 2006 XM debuted “Bob Edwards Weekend,” a two-hour program featuring highlights from “The Bob Edwards Show.” “Bob Edwards Weekend is syndicated nationally to public radio stations across the country through Public Radio International (PRI).
Prior to joining XM, Edwards hosted National Public Radio’s (NPR) Morning Edition for nearly 25 years, attracting more than 13 million listeners weekly. Bob Edwards has won the duPont-Columbia Award for radio journalism, the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio. In November of 2004, he was inducted into the national Radio Hall of Fame.
Complete scheduling information for the Bob Edwards Show is available online at http://www.xmradio.com.
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