Adam Burke, an independent radio producer and reporter, received the Bronze World Medal for his series “Be-Longing Las Vegas” at the 2009 New York Festivals Radio Programming & Promotion Awards.
Burke’s award-winning series, which aired in 2008 on Nevada Public Radio’s News 88.9 KNPR FM, was recognized in the category of profiles/community portraits. “Be-Longing Las Vegas,” underwritten by NV Energy, takes listeners into the lives of people creating their own sense of community and making connections in a region where it’s well documented that people feel isolated and disconnected. Segments of the series, including “Sucked Into The Tunnels Beneath Las Vegas,” in which Burke describes his journey into a homeless encampment in the hidden matrix of storm drains under the casinos, were featured on National Public Radio’s Day to Day.
“For more than 50 years, New York Festivals has recognized the world’s best work in advertising and programming, so this honor for Adam Burke ranks among the most prestigious in the industry,” said Florence Rogers, president and general manger of Nevada Public Radio. “We’re extremely proud that Burke’s award-winning series aired on News 88.9 KNPR FM.”
A regular contributor to National Public Radio’s flagship news programs and celebrated for his compelling storytelling, use of natural sound, music and archival tape, Burke covered the 2009 Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada for Nevada Public Radio. Currently, Burke is working on reports that reflect the human cost of the foreclosure crisis in Southern Nevada; they will be broadcast on Nevada Public Radio, News 88.9 KNPR FM in August and September.
This year’s Radio Programming & Promotion Awards Grand Jury awarded 30 gold medals, 36 silver and 42 bronze medals. In addition, 58 finalist certificates were awarded. The 2009 competition received entries from 26 countries around the world. International radio experts from stations and companies donate their time to the judging process. The Grand Jury is comprised of top-level industry professionals from 5 continents and over 25 countries.