List of Peabody Award winners (1950–1959)

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Peabody Award winners and honorable mentions.


Recipient Area of Excellence
Metropolitan Opera, ABC Radio[1] Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts
ABC Radio, Elmer Davis Reporting and Interpretation of News
ABC Television Saturday at the Zoo, a visit to the Bronx Zoo
Jimmy Durante, NBC Television a Personal Award
NBC Radio Halls of Ivy
NBC Radio The Quick and the Dead, a show on the nuclear age produced by Fred Friendly and starring Bob Hope and William L. Laurence
NBC Television Zoo Parade
Radio Free Europe Contribution to International Understanding
WBBM Radio, Chicago, Illinois The Quiet Answer, Public Service by a Regional Station, for a documentary series on race relations
Honorable Mentions
ABC, Its President, Robert E. Kintner, and his associates, Robert Saudek and Joseph McDonald for Their Courageous Stand in Resisting Organized Pressures and Their Reaffirmation of Basic American Principles. Kintner continued to employ Gypsy Rose Lee as the host of the game show What Makes You Tick? after Lee's appearance in Red Channels.[2]
CBS Radio Hear It Now
Mutual Broadcasting System and United Nations Radio Contribution to International Understanding, Pursuit of Peace, produced by Norman Corwin, particularly the premiere program, "Document A/777"
Providence Journal, Its Editor and Publisher, Sevellon Brown, and Ben Bagdikian, Reporter for the Series of Articles Analyzing the Broadcasts of Top Commentators
WAAM-TV, Baltimore, Maryland The Johns Hopkins Science Review
WABF-FM, Ira Hirschmann, New York, New York Entertainment (Music), for presentations of classical music[3]
WFPL-FM, Louisville, Kentucky Public Service by a Local Station
WNYC Radio, New York, New York Contribution to International Understanding for United Nations Coverage


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Television Celanese Theatre
BBC, London, UK, and Alistair Cooke Letter from America
CBS Radio The Nation's Nightmare, a documentary on organized crime produced by Irving Gitlin
CBS Television, Edward R. Murrow See It Now
KPOJ Radio, Portland, Oregon Careers Unlimited and Civic Theatre on the Air, Meritorious Local Public Service by Radio. Careers Unlimited, a partnership with Portland Public Schools, the Exchange Club, and the Oregon State Employment Service, provided resources on employment for youth. Civic Theatre on the Air worked with a local Community theatre
NBC Radio Bob and Ray
NBC Television, Gian Carlo Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors
WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What in the World?
WQXR Radio, New York, New York New York Times Youth Forum
WSB Radio and Television, Atlanta, Georgia The Pastor's Study (radio) and Our World Today (television), Meritorious Regional Public Service by Radio and Television. Arthur Vann Gibson of Morningside Presbyterian Church hosted The Pastor's Study.[4]


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Radio, Martin Agronsky a Personal Award for News
CBS Radio The New York City Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
NBC Radio The Standard Symphony
NBC Television Meet the Press
NBC Television Mister Peepers
NBC Television Your Hit Parade
NBC Television Ding Dong School
NBC Television Victory at Sea
WAAM-TV (DuMont Network), Baltimore, Maryland The Johns Hopkins Science Review
WEWS-TV, Cleveland, Ohio Television Local Public Service
WIS Radio, Columbia, South Carolina Regional Public Service, Including Promotion of International Understanding


Recipient Area of Excellence
BBC Television, London, UK Promotion of International Understanding Through Television, Coverage of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Imogene Coca, NBC Television a Personal Award
Gerald W. Johnson, WAAM-TV, Baltimore, Maryland a Personal Award
KABC Radio, Los Angeles, California Chet Huntley for Radio News
KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, California "Cavalcade of Books"
Edward R. Murrow, CBS a Personal Award
NBC Television NBC Television Opera Theatre
NBC Television Television Playhouse
NBC Television Mr. Wizard
WBAW, Barnwell, South Carolina Church of Your Choice, Public Service by a Local Station
WCBS-TV, New York, New York Camera Three
WSB Radio and Television, Atlanta, Georgia Removing the Rust From Radio and You and Your Health, Public Service by a Regional Radio-Television Station


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Television Disneyland
CBS Radio Man's Right to Knowledge
CBS Television Adventure
CBS Television Omnibus
CBS Television The Search
John Daly, ABC Television Personal Award, Radio-Television News
Pauline Frederick, NBC Radio a Personal Award for Pauline Frederick at the U.N.
George Gobel, NBC Television a Personal Award
KGAK Radio, Gallup, New Mexico The Navajo Hour
National Association of Manufacturers Industry on Parade
NBC Radio Conversation
WJAR-TV, Providence, Rhode Island Hurricane Carol
Boris Goldovsky, ABC, Metropolitan Opera Personal Award for Radio Music, on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts[5]


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Radio and Television The Voice of Firestone
Dr. Frank Baxter, KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, California a Personal Award, Television Education
CBS Television Lassie
Perry Como, NBC Television a Personal Award, Television Entertainment
Douglas Edwards, CBS Television a Personal Award, Television News
Jackie Gleason, CBS Television a Personal Award, Television Entertainment
Quincy Howe, ABC Radio and Television a Personal Award
KIRO Radio, Seattle, Washington Democracy is You, Radio Local Public Service
NBC Radio Biographies in Sound
NBC Television Producers' Showcase, "with a special bow to Peter Pan"
Sylvester L. Weaver, NBC Radio and Television a Personal Award for Pioneering Program Concepts
Honorable Mentions
CBS Television Omnibus, for a series on the Adams political family
KFYO Radio, Lubbock, Texas Local Public Service
KQED-TV, San Francisco, California Television Local Public Service
NBC Television Assignment: India, narrated by Chester B. Bowles
WMT-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Television Local Public Service


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Radio Edward P. Morgan and the News
ABC Television, John Charles Daly Television News for Coverage of the National Political Conventions
CBS Television The Ed Sullivan Show
CBS Television You Are There
CBS Television World in Crisis
Jack Gould Personal Award for His Outstanding Contribution to Radio and Television Through His New York Times Writings
Mutual Broadcasting System and NBC Radio The Bob and Ray Show
NBC Television Youth Wants To Know
Rod Serling a Personal Award for Requiem for a Heavyweight
UNICEF The Secret Life of Danny Kaye (an episode of See It Now[6])
United Nations Radio and Television Promotion of International Understanding
WNYC Radio, New York, New York Books in Profile
WNYC Radio, New York, New York Little Orchestra Society Concerts
WOW Radio and Television, Omaha, Nebraska Regimented Raindrops


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Television, John Charles Daly Prologue '58
CBS Radio and Television Radio and Television News Including Face the Nation, See It Now, The Twentieth Century, and This is New York
CBS Television Captain Kangaroo
CBS Television The Last Word
Bob Hope, NBC Television a Personal Award
KING-TV, Seattle, Washington Wunda Wunda
KLZ-TV, Denver, Colorado Panorama
KPFA-FM, Berkeley, California Local Radio Public Service
Louis M. Lyons, WGBH Radio and Television, Boston, Massachusetts a Personal Award
NBC Radio and Television NBC Educational TV Project, Know Your Schools
NBC Television The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
NBC Television Hallmark Hall of Fame
Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, Inc. Boston Conference on Programming and the High Quality of Its Public Service Broadcasting
WKAR Radio, East Lansing, Michigan You Are the Jury
WQED-TV, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Heritage Series


Recipient Area of Excellence
ABC Radio and UNESCO Easy as ABC
ABC Television College News Conference
CBS Radio The Hidden Revolution
CBS Television Playhouse 90
CBS Television Television Public Service with Special Recognition Given to Dr. Frank Stanton
CBS Television Lincoln Presents Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic
NBC News The Huntley-Brinkley Report
NBC Television The Steve Allen Show
NBC Television Continental Classroom
NBC Television M.D. International
NBC Television An Evening with Fred Astaire
NBC Television, Orson Welles The Fountain of Youth (The Colgate Palmolive Theatre)
NBC Television, James Costigan Little Moon of Alban (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Standard Oil Company of California The Standard School Broadcast
WGN-TV, Chicago, Illinois The Blue Fairy
WNEW Radio, New York, New York Radio News


Recipient Area of Excellence
WGBH-TV/Boston, MA and The World Affairs Council of Boston Decisions, moderated by Christian A. Herter Jr.
NBC Radio Family Living '59, moderated by Arlene Francis
NBC The Bell Telephone Hour
David Susskind (NBC) Personal Award for Susskind's production of The Moon and Sixpence
WGN-TV/Chicago, IL Great Music from Chicago, featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
WCCO Radio/Minneapolis, MN Separate awards for local public service
WDSU-TV/New Orleans, LA
ABC Khrushchev Abroad
CBS The Ed Sullivan Show
The Population Explosion, an episode of CBS Reports hosted by Howard K. Smith[7]
Small World, hosted by Edward R. Murrow
CBS, Fred Friendly, and Edward R. Murrow The Lost Class of '59
CBS Radio Network The World Tonight
Dr. Frank Stanton (CBS) Personal Award for Stanton's "courage, insight, and energy in fighting for the freedom of journalism on the air"
WNTA-TV/New York, NY (as flagship station of the NTA Film Network) The Play of the Week


  1. ^ Peabody 1950 Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Radio: The Accused". Time. 1950-09-25. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2023-11-17.
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  5. ^ Goldovsky 1954 Archived 2010-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "SEE IT NOW: THE SECRET LIFE OF DANNY KAYE (TV)". Retrieved 2020-12-28.
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