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December 2010 Updates

Station updates for December 2010 from WFIU Station Manager Christina Kuzmych

WFIU Fund Drive 2010 a Success!
We reached and surpassed $350,000! Thanks to our supportive listeners!

WFIU Wins IBA Spectrum Award for Best mini-documentary
(Bloomington, IND.) – November 16, 2010 – WFIU-radio received its second Spectrum Award from the Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) for Mini-Documentary or Series – Market Three. The award was given for the radio/online series Cultivating Afghanistan. Click here to listen to these stories online! WFIU had already received a Spectrum Award in 2009 for the first part of the Cultivating Afghanistan series.

WFIU Radio Features Interviews with Wendell Berry, Todd Rundgren, Sandra Duncan, and more!
In November, WFIU hosted a number of well-known guests in our studio for Profiles, our weekly interview show. Musician Todd Rundgren, in Bloomington as a guest lecturer with the Wells Scholars Program, joined Professor Glenn Gass in studio to talk about Rundgren’s evolution from musician to producer. Essayist, poet, and farmer Wendell Berry, one of this year’s IU Patten Foundation Scholars, joined Dr. Shana Ritter in the studio for a conversation about local agriculture and “living a creaturely life.” Actress Sandra Duncan joined us in studio on November 17 to talk about her time spent acting in South Africa, and her love of London’s West End theater culture.

Operations News
WFIU has hired announcer and producer Annie Corrigan as our new full-time Multimedia Producer. She will remain an announcer and producer of Earth Eats and a reporter for Artworks and will begin a number of new projects.

WFIU has submitted a grant with seven other Indiana public radio stations to be a part of NPR’s pilot program, Impact of Government. NPR’s end goal is to have two state-level reporters in every state. WFIU would serve as the lead station. We applied with IPBS, WFYI, WBAA, WVPE, WNIN, WBNI, and WBST. The grant would pay 70% of the cost of placing two state-level reporters in Indianapolis for the first year of the grant, and 30% for the second year, with fundraising assistance from NPR.