88.5 WFDD receives national award for Triad Arts Weekend

For the second year in a row, 88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won a Gabriel Award, a national award for excellence in broadcasting presented and created by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award was created in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.” It is an annual competition.

88.5 WFDD received the Gabriel Award in the category of Arts – National or Local Release for a Triad Arts Weekend episode that covered these stories: an appearance of the Afro-Semitic Experience, a unique New York-based jazz fusion ensemble, in Winston-Salem; FaithAction International House, a Greensboro nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for new immigrants in our region; Diana Greene, who creates multimedia stories that explore identity, place, and memory; and The Healing Blues Project, which works to pair songwriters with people from disenfranchised populations to help those people share their stories through song. The episode aired on December 12, 2014.

88.5 WFDD’s general manager, Tom Dollenmayer, said, “The Triad Arts team is dedicated to sharing substantive stories covering all manner of arts with WFDD listeners. This award recognizes the hard work and creativity that goes into putting the show together each week.”

Triad Arts can be heard weekdays at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., with a full hour of arts at 1 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Archived episodes are available at wfdd.org.

88.5 WFDD, Public Radio for the Piedmont, is a broadcast service of Wake Forest University and is the only public radio station of its kind located in the Piedmont Triad. It broadcasts news, information, and public affairs programming covering the arts, people, and institutions in the area from its Winston-Salem studios. The state’s charter NPR® member, 88.5 WFDD is the longest continuously-broadcasting public radio station in North Carolina.