Series
Weekend in Venice
Segment
Excerpts
Producing Organization
WQXR (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
Save Venice Inc.
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-wd3pv6ch04
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"WQXR executives are pouring over maps, scouting for the perfect location for the [sequel] to the station's successful 'Weekend In Venice' broadcasts. In September, 1995, classical station WQXR took its music and microphones to Venice, Italy as part of a month-long celebration and fund-raiser in collaboration with SAVE VENICE. the American organization dedicated to restoring and preserving Venice's art treasures and architecture. As part of the project, throughout September, WQXR broadcast a series of 'Venice Vignettes' prepared by renowned historian Theodore Rabb of Princeton University. "On Friday, September 22, WQXR's chief announcer Gregg Whiteside greeted the audience of nearly a million New Yorkers with the actual sounds of the Grand Canal in the background. The 3 historic, 4-hour broadcasts incorporated performances of music written in and about the city, comments from prominent Venetians, and audio features produced on-site by engineer Rodney Belizaire and WQXR's VP/Programming, Tom Bartunek. From the Doge's Palace, the Campanile, and the Bridge of Sighs to the unique architecture of the palazzos, the WQXR team brought the flavor and the rich cultural heritage of Venice back to New York. There was an ambience microphone next to the Grand Canal which picked up the sounds of the passing boat traffic, and on the last day, of bands that had assembled for a festival in a nearby piazza. 'Bumpers,' used as transitions between programming and commercials, utilized local sounds -- like pealing bells, a Rialto vendor, and singing gondoliers. There were a number od specially produced features presented during the weekend, including a Grand Canal 'tour' by the president of SAVE VENICE, and a walking commentary through some Venetian back alleys that ended with a spontaneous conversation with a furniture mover who noted with enthusiasm, 'Sono innamorato di Venezia:' 'I'm in love with Venice.' "The station got more mail, all complimentary, about the Venice project than for any other project in recent history. Nearly every letter used an expression like, 'I felt as if I were there myself.' As important, SAVE VENICE achieved its goal of attracting interest in its projects, as measured by the number of calls and inquiries to its offices wondering about ways to help. "This project was unprecedented in the station's history, unique in its concept and execution, valuable in its purpose, and completely successful in every way. WQXR's 'Weekend In Venice' programming was sponsored by Cinzano, First Fidelity Bank, The Italian Trade Commission and ITT Sheraton."--1995 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1995-09
Media type
Sound
Duration
00:14:25.464
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Credits
Producing Organization: WQXR (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
Producing Organization: Save Venice Inc.
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-79f93ba8a78 (Filename)
Format: 1/4 inch audio cassette
Duration: 0:13:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Weekend in Venice; Excerpts,” 1995-09, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-wd3pv6ch04.
MLA: “Weekend in Venice; Excerpts.” 1995-09. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-wd3pv6ch04>.
APA: Weekend in Venice; Excerpts. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-wd3pv6ch04