Saint Paul Sunday Wins a Peabody Award
the Broadcasting Industry's Most Prestigious Honor
Saint Paul Sunday, the nation's most widely listened to weekly classical music program produced by public radio, has won a George Foster Peabody Award. From among 1200 applications, Saint Paul Sunday was selected as one of 33 winners for the award which recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television, and individuals. Saint Paul Sunday joins previous Peabody award winners including Edward R. Murrow, 60 Minutes, and Bing Crosby.
Saint Paul Sunday, produced by American Public Media, is heard on 219 stations nationwide by some 600,000 listeners and features performances and interviews with the world's top classical musicians. Host Bill McGlaughlin draws out the human side of each guest by combining in-studio performances with conversation. This allows the music to tell the story of the artists' life. Senior Producer Mary Lee says that "Saint Paul Sunday tries to capture a snapshot of a musician at that moment" giving the audience a glimpse at how musical moments, mentors, and colleagues have shaped the artist.
The Saint Paul Sunday staff includes host McGlaughlin, Senior Producer Lee, Production Associate Vaughn Ormseth, and Technical Director Alan Stricklin.
The Peabody award was announced on Thursday, April 4, 1996 from the University of Georgia where the award has been administered since its inception in 1940.
Saint Paul Sunday is funded by a major grant from The General Mills Foundation, and regional support from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, with additional funding from The National Endowment for the Arts.