2012 Recipient: Radiolab
Radiolab is a one-hour program hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, as well as other members of the staff hosted by WNYC in New York City.
RadioLab makes science and psychology accessible and relates it back to everyday life. It has been acclaimed since its launch as one of the most innovative shows on radio.
Radiolab is aired on over 300 radio stations across the U.S. Each episode is one hour long and tackles various philosophical and scientific topics. However, the show began in 2002 as a three-hour weekly show on New York City radio station WYNC’s AM’s signal. It wasn’t until 2004 that Krulwich began appearing as a regular guest and eventually as a co-host.
Radiolab has been widely acclaimed among listeners and critics alike. Around 1.8 million listeners tune into the show, though most of them access it via podcasts. It has even been hailed as being one of the most innovative shows on radio.
Radiolab has also won several awards, including the 2010 George Foster Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. In spring 2011, Krulwich and Abumrad took the show on a live, national tour, selling out in cities such as New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
In 2012 the Bravery In Radio Award Commitee voted to select Radiolab as the recipient of the 2012 Bravery In Radio Award. Stephan Bisaha, Assistant News & Programming Director at WPSC 88.7 FM says, “Radiolab has always been a huge inspiration to me. I don’t think there’s anyone as brave in radio today. It was a pleasure to get to talk with so many people about why they love Radiolab and pay my own tribute to a show I’ve been such a fan of for years. They’ve set a new bar for all of us to strive for.”
In recognition of Radiolab being awarded the 2012 Bravery In Radio Award you can now hear WPSC’s Stephan Bisaha’s complete three-part radio feature about the importance of Radiolab: