Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, receives two 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Awards
2012 National Edward R. Murrow awarded to "Secrets of a Blonde Bombshell" and "Adventures in 3D Sound" from Studio 360.
Studio 360 received 2012 Edward R. Murrow Awards for Audio Feature Reporting and Use of Sound for its "Secrets of a Blonde Bombshell" and "Adventures in 3D Sound" features.
"Secrets of a Blonde Bombshell" tells the fascinating story of Ina Ray Hutton, who in the 1930s conducted, tapped, and sang as the "blonde bombshell bandleader," strutting her stuff in front of her al-female swing band, the Melodears. She led bands through the 1950s -- in clubs, in movies, on TV, on the USO circuit -- and was the first female bandleader to be recorded and filmed. She wasn't a legend or an innovator, but a hard–working musician who played a role in jazz history.
Decades later, a news reporter from KUOW in Seattle looked at one of her albums and felt something was odd: the blonde bombshell, she thought, might have been black. Phyllis Fletcher discovered that Ina Ray Hutton had been passing as white -- hiding in the spotlight.
"Adventures in 3D Sound" profiles Edgar Choueiri, a rocket scientist -- officially, the Director of Princeton University's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory -- and his 3D audio technology.
Choueiri's hobby is acoustics. He has developed a way to render sound in three dimensions, and "Studio 360" gave listeners an exclusive first listen.
Unlike surround sound and other elaborate hardwiring, Choueiri's breakthrough consists of a software algorithm applied to sound files that allows stereo playback to sound much more real and lifelike. Imagine swatting at a fly buzzing 360 degrees around your head; or instinctually standing back as a roaring train pulls into a crowded station; or closing your eyes and being able to pick out the soloists in a choral performance of a Bach Mass.
"Studio 360" is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy — so let "Studio 360" steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand or the song that will change your life. Produced by PRI and WNYC Radio.