Winner 1985

Down and Outside: On the Streets in Louisville

WHAS Radio

Today, every major city has to face the problem of the homeless. Louisville, Kentucky is no exception. Two fine radio news reporters on the staff of WHAS Radio, Mike Edgerly and Ralph Dix, spent three months gathering material for their documentary. The original music for the documentary, incidentally, was composed by one of the residents of a mission for the homeless they met while on this assignment. When WHAS Radio broadcast the program they followed it with a two-hour open phone discussion. The result was a program presentation which the Peabody Board concluded represented the highest form of public service by a radio broadcasting station. For this effort, which resulted in numerous efforts city-wide to do something about the problem of the homeless, they awarded a Peabody to WHAS Radio.