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Making Waves: The Impact of Radio

In times of crisis the impact of radio coverage on peoples' lives is easy to assess. But day in and day out, how does radio touch the communities or subjects it portrays, and the audience it reaches?

In times of crisis the impact of radio coverage on peoples' lives is easy to assess. But day in and day out, how does radio touch the communities or subjects it portrays, and the audience it reaches?

How does a producer's perspective and approach to a story affect its impact? And, most importantly, what results are we hoping for from our work -- to entertain, inform, change minds, and/or inspire people to action?

This panel discussion, which closed out the 2001 TCF conference, is moderated by Steve Rathe.


Featuring

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon, composer, songleader and historian, is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and Curator Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution. She founded the musical group Sweet Honey In The Rock in 1973. Dr. Reagon conceptualized the NPR and Smithsonian Peabody-award-winning radio series Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions. A 1989 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Reagon was also awarded the 1995 Charles Frankel Prize for outstanding contribution to public understanding of the humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Scott Simon

From America's backyards to the back streets of Sarajevo, Chicago, and Rio, Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of NPR's Weekend Edition. Simon opened NPR's Chicago Bureau in 1980. He has also reported from bureaus in New York, London, and Jerusalem before creating Weekend Edition in 1985. An accomplished writer, Simon has contributed articles to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In 2001, Simon received the Barry M. Goldwater award from the Human Rights Campaign.