2007 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

This year we honored the best audio work in the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention), Directors Choice, Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Audio Luminary.

Winners were celebrated at the Third Coast Awards Ceremony in Chicago, and their stories featured in The 2007 Third Coast Festival Broadcast .

Best Documentary: Silver

A Fragile Son

Surjit Sachdev grew up in a conservative family in India. Surjit's father was an engineer, and he's an engineer, but the family tradition ended when Surjit's son was born with a severe mental disability.

Best Documentary: Bronze


How do we deal with dying? Most of us look away, but in the case of the Zagar family, they look closer.

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention

American Icons: The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of old money, new money, drinking, and adultery - a thin little book that critics panned - is still the best novel about the American Dream and its discontents.

Best Documentary: Director's Choice

Before the War It Was the War

In the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and the state of Israel, one man took it upon himself to "resist with his pen," to bear witness for his people and bring the world, in his words, "the real news from Beirut."

Audio Luminary

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.