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Feb. 13, 2004

Michigan Radio wins five 2004 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, has been selected for five 2004 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Michigan Radio's awards were received in the following categories:

Best Mini-Documentary/Series Category—"Whose Democracy Is It?"

Michael Leland – "Arab Americans: Democracy in a New Land"

Kaomi Goetz – "The Influence of Immigrants"

Tracy Samilton – "The Next Generation: Democracy on Campus"

Bill Poorman – "Driving Political Influence"

Tamar Charney – "Small Stuff Democracy"

Merit award in Hard News—Bill Poorman for his stories on the United Auto Workers - Auto Contract Talks

Best Feature/Use of Medium—Tamar Charney for her feature "Lighthouse Reflections: What they mean to us"

Merit Award in Feature/Use of Sound—Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham for his "Apples Alone not Enough for Many Orchard Owners"

Best News Special—Todd Mundt, Tamar Charney, Rebecca Williams, Nayiri Bardakjian, and Jon Hoban for their University of Michigan/Michigan State University call-in show on the budget crisis in higher education

"These awards are confirmation that Michigan Radio provides the service and value our listeners have come to expect from our news programming," Michigan Public Media Director of Broadcasting Donovan Reynolds said. "We are committed to continue our unparalleled local and national news programming and work to make it even better."

The MAB will announce the winners of the Station of the Year awards as part of its award ceremony on March 8.

A total 772 entries were received from 29 television and 48 radio stations. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2003.

For more information, visit michiganradio.org and michigantelevision.org
Michigan Radio and Michigan Television are services of Michigan Public Media.

Contact: Christopher M. Williams
Phone: (734)615-0935
E-mail: cmwill@umich.edu