Personal Award: Red Barber
A personal Peabody Award goes to Red Barber, sportscaster extraordinary, who (even though it is trite to say) is, indeed, a living legend. Red Barber simply personifies the best in radio. What he is doing now is extraordinary. His unrehearsed, spontaneous responses and commentaries are the joy of Friday mornings on National Public Radio. He may jump from how the flowers are blooming in Tallahassee (where he makes his home) to the latest on the Pete Rose story. Whatever he reports on he does with wit, charm, intelligence plus a lot of other nice qualities. The Peabody Board recognizes Red Barber with recognition of the place he occupies in the hearts of sports-minded Americans everywhere. And, with this recognition goes a fervent wish that Red Barber will keep on keeping on!