Press Releases

February 24, 2003

WLIU 88.3 FM-Produced Show Recognized

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Southampton, NY-Maria Brennan, Executive Director of The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television, announced today that The Song Is You with Bonnie Grice is the recipient of the AWRT Gracie Allen Award in the Public Radio Programming Portrait/Biography category. "In a year with a record-breaking number of entries, your submission displayed superior quality in writing, production and programming," said Brennan. Bonnie Grice, producer and host for the show, will be presented with her Gracie statue at a special luncheon in Manhattan on June 25, 2003. She said, "I am honored and delighted to be recognized by such a prestigious group of media professionals like American Women in Radio and Television. This is an absolute thrill!" The Gracie Allen Awards strive to encourage the positive and realistic portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programming. The awards program recognizes quality programming by women, for women and about women in broadcasting, cable and news media. The Song Is You submission included sections from shows with Billy Collins, US Poet Laureate; Betsy Carter, author and founder of New York Woman magazine; and jazz balladeers Tuck and Patti. "Combining her encyclopedic knowledge of music with her curiosity and genuine love of people, Bonnie puts her guests at ease, allowing them to tell their story in their own words with their own music choices," explained Station Manager Wallace Smith. Ms. Carter, whose show was part of the award submission, added "Bonnie understands the art of interviewing better than anyone I've ever met." The Song Is You is a unique radio program in which veteran broadcaster and interviewer Bonnie Grice invites her guests to dip into their musical memories and their CD collections, sharing their stories, their music, and the celebration of the power that music has over all of us. It airs on WLIU 88.3 FM and WCWP 88.1 FM at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at noon; and at 9 p.m. on KCLU 88.3 FM in Thousand Oaks, California.