Science Update Radio Show Wins
Top Honors In International Contest
Science Update, AAAS’ fun, far-reaching radio
show on science and technology, has won two Awards of Excellence in
the explanatory writing and S&T categories of the international
Communicator Awards competition.
Judges for the annual Communicator
Awards honored Science
Update for a set of recent programs, including stories
on a beeping basketball developed for blind people, why people get
confused about medical warnings and a study showing that elephants
imitate the sounds of trucks passing on a highway.
The Award of Excellence is given to those entries which demonstrate
an ability to communicate that places them among the best in the fields
of marketing, communications, advertising and public relations. This
year, Science Update was up against 1,326 entrants in
the audio division from throughout the United States and seven foreign
“Science Update is a news feature and it airs
on news shows, but it also helps to let people know about AAAS because
there’s a AAAS tag at the end of every show,” said program
host and Executive Producer Bob
Hirshon. “Even though it’s not our main intent to
be promoting AAAS, it’s gratifying that a communications and
public relations award group would feel we do such a good job with
that that it’s worthy of an award.”
Elephants imitate the sound of passing trucks.
The Science Update staff produces one 60-second news
or feature five days a week, every week of the year. The show is broadcast
on about 50 stations nationwide — many of them with a news and
talk format. It also airs often on “America
in the Morning,” a program featured on Westwood One, the
largest U.S. radio network.
It’s a creative challenge to produce something informative,
compelling and entertaining so frequently, and on such a tight canvas,
but the Science Update program has won many awards
since its inception in 1988.
In addition to Hirshon, the staff includes: Corinna Wu, producer;
Chelsea Wald, producer; and Justin Warner, writer.
The five stories submitted for this year’s Communicator Awards
competition focused on an array of subjects. Click on the links below
to hear each story (mp3 format).
Edward W. Lempinen
14 December 2005