Winner 1987

Of Violence and Victims

WSM Radio

When the crime rate in Nashville took a significant jump of fifteen percent while the rate in other Tennessee cities remained stable—or actually declined—WSM Radio’s able news department headed by Jerry Dahmen, wanted to find out why. The resulting project culminated in a 15-part series, Of Violence and Victims. Subsequently the mayor, the chief of police and others in authority launched a drive to intercept drug shipments. A cash award program was instituted. For making a significant impact on the community by means of radio, a Peabody to WSM Radio.