Murrow Mondays: KCUR-FM wins for excellence in sound

September 18, 2017 01:30

On Mondays leading up to this year's Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala this evening, we have been highlighting some of our National Edward R. Murrow Award winners.

Organization: KCUR-FM
Winning Piece: What It's Like To Relearn To Hear Through Cochlear Implants
Category: Excellence in Sound - Large Market Radio
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Is this your station’s first National Edward R. Murrow Award?
Yes, this is KCUR’s first National Murrow.

Please provide a short description of what your winning entry was about.
The non-narrated, sound-rich piece recreated a deaf man’s experience relearning to hear after getting cochlear implants.

What were some of the challenges you or your news team faced while reporting and producing this piece?
It was challenging to retell the man’s long, complex story using only his voice and a soundscape created with music, found sound and sounds generated, processed and altered specifically for the piece.

Did you receive a lot of audience feedback from this piece?  If so, what was the general reaction?
The piece garnered a lot of positive responses from listeners who enjoyed the man’s story and auditory experience of the radio piece, as well as deaf and hearing impaired people who appreciated having experiences like theirs recounted for a general audience.

What does winning a national Edward R. Murrow Award mean to you and your station?
KCUR is proud to have our work recognized, and we appreciate the recognition of high-quality broadcast production in an age that often favors quick sound bites over substance.