Michigan Radio was chosen by the Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPDA) as Best in the Nation, in the category of stations serving markets with 800,000 or fewer people. Michigan Radio hosts Todd Mundt and Joan Silvi were named runners-up in the category of Best Air Personality. The awards were announced Sept. 25 at the PRPDAs annual conference in Memphis, Tenn.
The competition, open to any of the more than 400 National Public Radio affiliates nationwide, is based on recordings of stations locally-produced material on a typical broadcast day. The judges commended Michigan Radio for providing consistently strong news coverage in a conversational style, clear writing and an ongoing public service to its listeners.
City of Dusseldorf honors Arnheim
Rudolf Arnheim received the Helmut-Kautner-Preis, awarded annually by the city of Dusseldorf, Germany, at a Sept. 10 ceremony. Arnheim was recognized for his contributions to the study of film and visual media.
Arnheim began his career as a psychologist at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. In the 1920s, he began to explore the new medium of cinema, writing film reviews and publishing the well-known Film as Art in 1932. Arnheim emigrated to the United States in 1940, when he delved into the psychology of art. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the New School for Social Research, Harvard University and the U-M. He also is the author of Art and Perceptual Design and Visual Thinking.
Exhibit Museum shares $43,000 grant
The Exhibit Museum and the Ann Arbor District Library received a $43,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as part of its Museum Leadership Initiative Program.
The joint project will expand two existing programs into a new endeavor, The World Around Us: A Five-Year Family Reading and Informal Science Collaboration. The first years program will focus on geology. Future themes will include How People Live, dinosaurs and prehistoric life, astronomy and space travel, and Michigan wildlife. A variety of geology-related events and activities are planned for JanuaryMarch 2000, including the librarys Winter Family Reading program and the museums The Museum Rocks! Discovery Day on March 26.
Warner named to national foundation
The American Legacy Foundation has named Kenneth E. Warner, the Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professor of Public Health and director of the U-M Tobacco Research Network, to its board of directors.
Warners appointment was announced Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C., where the Foundation launched its national public education campaign against tobacco use in the United States. It will have resources in excess of $1 billion over the next four years for the educational campaign. The non-profit foundation was financed by the November 1998 $206 billion settlement reached by a coalition of 46 state attorneys general and the tobacco industry.