This week, Interlochen Public Radio took home four awards for Broadcast Excellence by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The awards were judged by our peers in Wisconsin.
Best Mini-Documentary or Series: Schools Wrestle Cuts
Schools in Michigan have been scaling back budgets for years now, as the rocky economy has chipped away at the state budget. It's meant layoffs, and larger class sizes. But in turmoil, schools have also gotten creative. At this time last year, the series examined how area schools had handled past cuts, and what decisions they were wrestling with for cuts on the way. We hear from Manton, Benzie Central, Suttons Bay and Traverse City.
Best News Special or Public Affairs Program: Points North Barter Economy
Economists say, at times when access to capital is constricted, more bartering starts to happen. For years in Michigan, access to capital has been constricted. On Craig's List, you can swap a smaller in-town house for a bigger one a little further out, or how about $1,000 worth of firewood for an RV? Do you barter? What? And Why? What are the upsides? And how about those pesky taxes?
Merit Feature/Use of Medium: Luke Winslow-King Honors the New Orleans Sound of the Past
Most recording artists like to update their style when making a new CD. But Cadillac native Luke Winslow-King is taking a giant leap - into the past.
Merit Special Interest & Cultural Programming: Points North ARTFORMS: The Erlewines & The Blues
May Erlewine and Michael Erlewine. May is a singer-songwriter with four CDs to her credit. Her father, Michael, is a musician who founded the All Music Guide and has written extensively about folk, rock, jazz, blues and country. Hear some of May Erlewine's music, and talk to Michael Erlewine about his new book, Blues in Black & White. It's about the Ann Arbor Blues Festival.