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National Awards for the GLRC




					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
		
					March 24, 1997

					CONTACT: Harriet Teller
						    Promotion Director
						    313-764-9210


GREAT LAKES RADIO CONSORTIUM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING 

-- Prestigious awards in five national and state competitions recognize
coverage of Great Lakes environmental issues by organization housed at
listener-supported public radio stations of the University of Michigan --


				WUOM      91.7 FM        ANN ARBOR
				WFUM      91.1 FM        FLINT
				WVGR     104.1 FM        GRAND RAPIDS


	ANN ARBOR  -- The walls outside the tiny office that is home to
the Great Lakes Radio Consortium are rapidly being covered ...  with
awards honoring the innovative project based at Michigan Radio since April
1996!  In recent weeks the GLRC has been honored in awards competitions
sponsored by the National Headliner Awards of the Press Club of Atlantic
City, the Gracie Allen Awards of the Foundation of American Women in Radio
and Television, the Unity Awards in Media of Lincoln University of
Missouri, Associated Press Michigan, and the Broadcast Excellence Awards
of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

	With operating bureaus in Chicago and Grand Rapids, the Great
Lakes Radio Consortium is a collaborative effort of Michigan Radio,
National Public Radio's Living on Earth, and nearly 100 non-commercial
radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.  Each week, the GLRC produces a
diverse mix of news spots, feature stories, and commentaries.  All focus
on regional issues that reflect the interrelatedness of the Great Lakes
ecosystem. 

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	"I think it's remarkable that in a little over a year, the GLRC
has established itself as a national leader in quality environmental
journalism," says David Hammond, Managing Editor of the Great Lakes Radio
Consortium.  "I think it's a testament to the high quality of producers
and reporters that we have in this region."

	Hammond sees the awards as evidence of the GLRC's progress in
achieving its goals: "We want to fundamentally redefine environmental
reporting -- to broaden the definition of what is 'environmental' and
avoid well-worn stereotypes.  Public health, politics, the 'urban'
environment, the economy, and cultural issues all have relevance to our
environment.  Our goal is to cover them in a substantive way.  These
awards demonstrate that we're on the right track."

	Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National
Headliner Awards program is one of the largest annual contests recognizing
journalistic merit in the communications industry.

	The Gracie Allen Awards (formerly known as the Commendation
Awards) of the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television are
presented in recognition of excellence in programming that presents a
positive and realistic portrayal of women.
	
	The Unity Awards in Media of Lincoln University of Missouri
recognize contributions to continuing standards of excellence in media
through efforts that reflect accurate exposure of issues affecting
minorities and disabled persons.

	The  Associated Press  Michigan  annual awards competition is open
to its roughly 100 member radio and television stations.  The awards
competition is open to commercial and non-commercial stations.

	The Broadcast Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Michigan
Association of Broadcasters.  The awards program is open to all commercial
and public stations in Michigan and was established to encourage the
highest standards of reporting, community service, and production
creativity.



(For a list of Great Lakes Radio Consortium recent awards, please see the
following page.)

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GREAT LAKES RADIO CONSORTIUM RECENT AWARDS

A. NATIONAL HEADLINER AWARDS, PRESS CLUB OF ATLANTIC CITY

Best Feature or Human Interest Story: Second Place
"Club Prophylactive"
Producer: Steve Frenkel;  Airdate: October 7, 1996
A report on a Chicago project involving young people educating each other
about safer sex.  These "peer educators" tap into urban youth culture to
carry their message.


B. GRACIE ALLEN AWARDS, AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION:

1. Best News Feature: "Girls' Garden" 
Producer: Wendy Nelson; Airdate: September 9, 1996
The story of a program for "at-risk" young women from the inner-city.  On
a vacant city lot, twelve girls grow flowers and herbs to sell.  In the
process, they learn not only about gardening, but also about business
skills, teamwork, and self-esteem.

2. Best Work Produced by Women: "Infant Massage" 
Producer: Wendy Nelson; Airdate: October 14, 1996
A report on what a growing number of mothers see as one alternative to
prescription medications and drugs to treat their sick children.  The
mothers take a class with their children to learn techniques of infant
massage.

3. Best Editorial: "Paving Over Nature" 
Producer: Julia King; Airdate: July 15, 1996
A piece addressing the human need to bulldoze and blacktop over nature --
and why that might not be such a bad thing.


C. UNITY AWARDS IN MEDIA, LINCOLN UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI:

1. Best Reporting of Education: "Club Prophylactive" 
Producer: Steve Frenkel; Airdate: October 7, 1996
(See A above)

2. Best Reporting of Economics: "Heartside Development" 
Producer: Wendy Nelson; Airdate: October 21, 1996
An exploration of issues of urban redevelopment, focusing on the effects
of the new Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids on those  who make
their home  in that section of the
city.				

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UNITY AWARDS IN MEDIA (CONT)

3. Best Reporting of Politics: "Operation Silver Shovel" 
Producer: Shirley Jahad; Airdate: February 19, 1996
A report on the results of an undercover probe revealing the profits
reaped by Chicago politicians while illegal waste sites piled high in city
neighborhoods.


D. ASSOCIATED PRESS MICHIGAN:

1. Best Individual Reporting: Wendy Nelson

2. Best Natural Sound: "Three Brothers Shipwreck" 
Producer: J. Carl Ganter; Airdate: July 1, 1996
A visit to what maritime historians are calling a rare archaeological
treasure, the newly discovered wreck of a turn-of-the century cargo
steamer just off the shores of South Manitou Island.

3. Honorable Mention: "Snail Man" 
Producer: David Hammond; Airdate: September 30, 1996
A profile of an Ontario scientist whose personal style is as unique as the
creatures he studies.

4. General Excellence:
Michigan Radio WUOM/WVGR/WFUM-FM


E. BROADCAST EXCELLENCE AWARDS, MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS:

1. Best Public Affairs Programming:
Great Lakes Radio Consortium

2. Best Use of Medium: "Girls' Garden" 
Producer: Wendy Nelson; Airdate: September 9, 1996
(See B1, above)

3. Merit Award for Feature: "Heartside Development" 
Producer: Wendy Nelson; Airdate:  October 21, 1996
(See C2, above)

4. General Excellence: Michigan Radio

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