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Three Public Radio International® Programs Win
2005 George Foster Peabody Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, April 11, 2005 — Public Radio International (PRI) announces that PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, co-produced by WNYC, New York Public Radio® and PRI; To the Best of Our Knowledge, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio; and Let the Good Times Roll, produced by The Rhythm and Blues Foundation, are 2005 recipients of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award, recognizing distinguished achievement and meritorious public service in electronic media.

PRI President and CEO Steve Salyer says, "This is the first time in a single year that three PRI programs have been simultaneously recognized by the Peabody Board, which makes the news all the more thrilling. We are very proud of these producers and their exceptional programs, and we congratulate them and their production teams for their outstanding work."

The awards announcement cited the programs as follows:
Studio 360 American Icons: Melville's Moby Dick
WNYC Radio, New York, Public Radio International, Minneapolis
This installment of "American Icons" guides us through Herman Melville's classic tale of compulsion, rage and rapture, Moby Dick, illuminating and revitalizing a masterpiece. This, said the Peabody Board, is great radio.

To the Best of Our Knowledge
Wisconsin Public Radio, Public Radio International
A Public Radio International institution since 1992, To the Best of Our Knowledge is an expansive magazine of ideas using the arts and culture to examine contemporary political and social trends.

Let the Good Times Roll
The Rhythm and Blues Foundation, Washington, D.C., Public Radio International, Minneapolis This 13-part radio series explores the personalities, the business and the pure delight of rhythm and blues. Jazz, gospel and the blues come alive again when set within the social turbulence of the post-World War II era.
Administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations, cable television organizations, and individuals. Selection is made by the Peabody Board following review by special screening committees of faculty, students, and staff. Peabody Awards were first conferred in 1941 for radio programs broadcast in 1940.

About Public Radio International®
PRI is public radio's leading source for innovative programming and audio content. The Minneapolis-based network provides over 400 hours of programming each week, content that is broadcast and streamed online by its 728 public radio station affiliates nationwide, who reach 31 million listeners each week. PRI is the managing partner of the satellite radio company American Public Radio, LLC, established with Chicago Public Radio® and WGBH Radio Boston. PRI's cultural programming is available via XM Public Radio. Its news and information programming is available via Sirius Satellite Radio.

PRI is known for driving innovation in public radio through partnerships with stations, independent producers, and other organizations, and for working collaboratively to pool resources and share risk, cultivate new talent, and bring diverse voices and perspectives to the public airwaves. Its best known offerings include Marketplace®, produced by American Public Media™ in association with the University of Southern California; This American Life, produced by Chicago Public Radio®; PRI's The World, a co-production of BBC World Service, PRI, and WGBH Radio Boston; Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?®, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio; PRI's From the Top®, produced by From the Top in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music; and PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, produced by PRI and WNYC, New York Public Radio; as well as 24-hour program services — Classical 24®, produced by American Public Media™; and BBC World Service, produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation. For more information on PRI and its programs, visit the PRI website at www.pri.org.