Jun 13, 2008

Three shows receive Beard awards

Two pubTV shows and a pubradio program were honored with James Beard Awards in the past week. Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie topped the Television Food Show contest. The program is produced by Ruth Reichl and distributed by American Public Television. WGBH’s longrunning The Victory Garden won in the Television Food Segment category. The James Beard Foundation credited host Michel Nischan and producers Laurie Donnelly, Hilary Finkel Buxton, Deborah Hurley, Craig Rogers, Cheryl Carlesimo and John McCally. In the Radio Food Show competition, the jurors picked American Public Media’s The Splendid Table. Host: Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Producers: Sally Swift and Jennifer Russell.

WNYC's move to new HQ almost complete

Sometime within the next week, New York's WNYC will begin broadcasting from its new headquarters in lower Manhattan. The New York Times marks the occasion with a feature recounting the station's history in city Municipal Building.

SRG publishes guide to improve pubradio fundraising

Although listeners contributed a total of $278 million to public radio stations in fiscal 2006, when adjusted for inflation the impressive sum was less than the year before, according to a report just published by Station Resource Group. The report, "Individual Giving to Public Radio: Analysis, Theory, Proven Practices and Good Ideas to Raise More Money," is a call to arms and tactical guide for public radio stations to improve their fundraising performance, combining analysis of the latest available financial data with shared wisdom of the field's development leaders and researchers.