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April 26, 2005

“In the Morning with Bonnie Grice” Wins 2005 Folio Award

Wally Smith (

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- WLIU/WCWP radio host Bonnie Grice received the Fair Media Council of Long Island Folio Award for her daily arts and cultural magazine “In the Morning with Bonnie Grice” at a luncheon ceremony at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Friday, April 22.   The program won the Cultural, Artistic, Educational or Religious News category.

“In the Morning with Bonnie Grice” is the only hour-long daily radio program dedicated to coverage of local and regional arts and culture. Since its beginning in June 2004, more than 700 artists, arts administrators and cultural leaders from Suffolk and Nassau counties and southern Connecticut have appeared on the program. “In the Morning” also presents a daily arts and culture headline segment and weekly commentaries on the fine arts by Helen Harrison, the media arts by Bob Berkowitz, and occasional film reviews by Andrew Botsford and Raphael Odell Shapiro.

The judges’ citation for “In the Morning” called it “a potpourri of entertainment awaits the listener of Bonnie Grice‘s morning show on WLIU radio. From the arts, to Long Island events, to movies of the week to music, Grice’s show is a laid-back, graceful and informative start to the day.  It’s a local show with national appeal.”

The Fair Media Council presents the Folio Awards annually for outstanding works of journalism that tell the most interesting, relevant and touching stories of the year, shows that support its belief that local news is the fabric that creates community. The Fair Media Council advocates quality local news coverage of Long Island to keep Long Island residents informed, connected and committed to their communities.

WLIU/WCWP general manager Wally Smith expressed gratitude for the Fair Media Council’s selection of a radio news program that helps create community on Long Island.  “Its is a daily struggle to keep alternative public radio programming alive, especially programming focused on news, jazz, arts, and entertainment. The radio station and WLIU/WCWP listeners on Long Island and in southern Connecticut are fortunate that Bonnie Grice works for all of us. Bonnie is committed to the arts and knows how to imaginatively and effectively create and produce programs that best use the radio medium to communicate to public radio listeners. We congratulate her for this award.”

“In the Morning with Bonnie Grice” is supported in part by a special grant from the Suffolk County Office of Economic Development Office of Film and Culture Affairs.

88.3 WLIU -FM, Southampton and 88.1 WCWP-FM, Brookville are the radio stations of the Long Island University Public Radio Network.