“Democracy Is You” for Radio Local Public Service
Since 1948, station KIRO (CBS), Seattle, Washington, has broadcast a community development program entitled, Democracy Is You. In cooperation with the University of Washington, this station has developed community rehabilitation programs in a unique and effective manner. This program has received national and international recognition as an unusual method in focusing community attention upon a wide range of social and economic community problems. The introspective development of these problems has in many cases produced solutions of a far-reaching and permanent nature. Recently in the struggle between the Free World and communist ideology, KIRO has made the services of the director of this program available to Far Eastern areas including Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. The extension of this technique on a community, national, and international basis is radio public service of the highest and most distinctive quality, and as such, deserves the Peabody Award which is hereby presented.