On January 24, 2009, Ms. Pardue, Production Manager at 89.3 KPCC-Southern California Public Radio, presided as a judge in several broadcasting areas including local, national, and international television and radio at the George Washington University Media and Public Affairs building located in Washington , D.C. The three day event was hosted by American Women in Radio and Television.
Of the many contestants vying for the coveted Gracie Allen Award, there were many well known entrants such as CBS Sunday Morning and many well-known television personalities such as Barbara Walters. Though the judging categories focused on production and content, Ms. Pardue critiqued, “In my opinion, the most talented pieces weren’t just newsworthy, but they were the ones high in diversity where the high production quality combined with the newsworthiness just moved me.”
Former award recipients include American Idol’s Cecile Frot-Coutaz in association with Fremantle Media, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, Harpo Radio’s Dr. Maya Angelou, Saving Grace’s Holly Hunter, Heroes’ Ali Larter, Today’s Hoda Kotb, CNBC’s The Suze Orman Show, WE tv’s Wedding Central and MTV’s Half of Us Special, CBS News’ Nancy Giles, CNN’s Heroes: An All Star Tribute, Lifetime Television’s Army Wives, and Oxygen’s Who Cares About the Girls.
The 2009 Gracie Allen Award winners will be honored at the 34th Annual Gracie Awards ceremonies on June 3, 2009 at the New York Marriott Marquis and June 4, 2009 at Tavern on the Green, also located in New York. For further information please visit:
Source: Rita Pardue