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      WFMT's Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life wins Gold World Medal and Grand Award from the New York Festivals

      Chicago – July 15, 2009 – The radio documentary special Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life, a production of 98.7WFMT, has been honored with a prestigious Gold World Medal in the category of Culture and the Arts from the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotions Awards. The Grand Jury of international industry professionals received entries from more than 30 countries.

      In addition to the Gold World Medal, Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life won a special Grand Award from NYF for receiving one of the highest scores in the competition, one of only four entries so honored.

      Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life is an audio journey through the abundant interviews, program excerpts, musical interludes, e-mails and phoned-in testimonials WFMT broadcast in memorial tribute to Studs Terkel on the weekend that he died. It begins with a straightforward representation of what the station broadcast on October 31, 2008 – the day that Studs passed away, and evolves into an impressionistic portrayal of the man, his work, and the impact he made on those who knew him. The program was produced by Louise Frank and Peter Whorf. Executive Producer: Steve Robinson. Edited by Louise Frank with contributions from Noel Morris, Dan Goldberg and Matt DeStefano. Production Coordinators: Don Mueller and Louise Frank. The producers also wish to acknowledge everyone who worked on Studs Terkel's radio program throughout his 45 years as a fixture on WFMT – their invaluable contributions made this special tribute possible.

      98.7WFMT, Chicago's Classical Experience, provides the best and broadest selection of classical music and fine arts programming in the country. A broadcasting force for more than 55 years, the station's appeal continues to widen, both locally and nationally through the WFMT Radio Network. 98.7WFMT is currently serving the largest audience in the station's history. Via WFMT's enhanced classical and folk music streaming service, the station's programming is now available to a global audience. More information about 98.7WFMT is available at wfmt.com. 

      New York Festivals (NYF) now in its 51st year, is an International Awards Group (IAG) Company. Recognizing The World's Best Work™ in advertising and programming, IAG and its other advertising brands, AME, Globals and Midas, honor advertising and marketing in global communications through eight annual competitions. For more information about the NYF's radio programming awards, visit NYF's website.

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