WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Radio and Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA) has named "The Bob Edwards Show" as the 2008 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for News Documentary (Radio Network), it was announced today. Given in recognition of the original XM show's critically-acclaimed radio documentary The Invisible: Children Without Homes, this marks the first time that a satellite radio broadcaster has received a Murrow Award, which have been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism since 1971. Bob Edwards previously received a Murrow Award during his tenure with National Public Radio (NPR) for his "outstanding contributions to public radio." The 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented on October 13 at the RTNDA's formal awards gala in New York.
"All of us at XM are proud of the tireless dedication put forth by the 'The Bob Edwards Show' staff. They are committed to providing listeners with thought-provoking journalism on a wide range of interests and issues facing people from all walks of life, making this first Edward R. Murrow Award for 'The Bob Edwards Show' and satellite radio well-deserved," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM.
Bob Edwards and producer Ariana Pekary spent hours interviewing homeless men, women, teens and children -- at shelters, group homes, and on city sidewalks to report their stories. These families told of the financial hardship and violence -- verbal, physical, and sexual -- that forced them on to the streets, creating even more difficult and dangerous situations.
In addition to the Murrow Award, The Invisible: Children Without Homes has already been recognized with several other awards, including the United Nations Department of Public Information Gold Award, New York Festivals Award, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, Harry Chapin Media Award, Livingston Award, and National Network for Youth Champions of Runaway and Homeless Youth Award.
A special encore presentation of the award-winning radio documentary will air on Friday, July 4 at 8 a.m. ET on XM Public Radio (XM 133). More information about "The Bob Edwards Show" is available online at http://www.xmradio.com/ and http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/.
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