Winner 1944

“Telephone Hour” for Outstanding Entertainment in Music

NBC Radio

Outstanding Entertainment in Music: In making any award for music, the Peabody Committee must begin by expressing its admiration for the Symphony Orchestras and the Metropolitan Opera, which radio has taken over from the concert halls. To signalize any one of them would be unfair to the rest. Instead, we feel that our award should go to a program planned exclusively for the radio. Telephone Hour with its special orchestra of 57 pieces, the versatility which it encourages in its guest artists, stars of the magnitude of Kreisler, Heifetz, Bidu Sayoa and Marian Anderson, and the excellent programs so well arranged by Wallace R. MacGill, is on all counts a ranking performance.