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2007 TC Audio Luminary: Peter Leonhard Braun

The Third Coast Audio Luminary Award is presented annually to an individual who is greatly admired for his or her significant and ongoing contributions to the field of radio. Hats off to the 2007 Audio Luminary - widely esteemed producer, teacher, and mentor Peter Leonhard Braun.

Audio Luminary2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2007 / Peter Leonhard Braun / TCF, Germany

The Third Coast Audio Luminary Award is presented annually to an individual who is greatly admired for his or her significant and ongoing contributions to the field of radio. Hats off to the 2007 Audio Luminary - widely esteemed producer, teacher, and mentor Peter Leonhard Braun.

Braun was responsible for not only helping develop the European radio feature in the 1970s (a form unto itself) but also for pulling together fiercely dedicated producers from all over the continent to pursue radio's potential for conveying information, philosophy, history and emotion. Braun continues to work passionately and support the medium, lobbying for radio's importance in every culture at international forums and as head of the radio department of the prestigous Prix Europa.

Braun's own productions have become classics: Chickens, Hyenas, Catch as Catch Can (about professional wrestling), and his 1973 feature Bells in Europe, which has achieved legendary status worldwide, including all over the U.S. It's with great pleasure that we present the original production of Bells in Europe, which you can listen to in the player above (and follow along with the aid of this transcript), as well as a shortened English version, translated by Steve Wadhams of the CBC, which you can hear in the Extras section below.


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Peter Leonhard Braun

Peter Leonhard Braun is a widely esteemed radio producer, writer, teacher, and mentor who developed the European "radio feature" as a distinct form, and by doing so influenced generations of radio producers around the globe.


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