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iQ Kids Radio Wins DATA Award
Honored with People’s Choice Award by Pittsburgh Technology Council

iQ Kids Radio Honored with People’s Choice Award in Pittsburgh Technology Council’s DATA Competition

PITTSBURGH -- iQ Kids Radio was honored with the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Design, Art and Technology Awards (DATA) sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council at a ceremony on May 15. Part of the Creative Technology Network, the DATA Awards were founded in 2008 and are southwestern Pennsylvania’s premiere event honoring the intersections of creativity and technology and recognize projects and companies that demonstrate excellence in design, art and technology throughout the region. The ceremony was hosted by journalist, author, filmmaker and former CNN Bureau Chief Chip Walter.
iQ Kids Radio was honored with the People’s Choice Award through a competitive online public voting process and a panel of judges from the Pittsburgh Technology Council that included industry leaders.

“10,000 audio files, three amazing organizations, zero commercials and one clear vision – to play age-appropriate, educational songs for children. We are the only radio station in the nation using PBS® Kids content alongside some of our most beloved children’s songs and many new ones. We feel this award is an endorsement of how powerful and innovative showcasing kids’ voices, stories, and imaginations can be for families,” said Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia.

iQ Kids Radio can be heard at www.iqkidsradio.org with engaging programming for children and families. Launched in January 2013 and developed as a collaboration between WQED and SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB), iQ Kids Radio is designed to meet the need for an all-education, trusted radio service for children and families. iQ Kids Radio is a family-friendly commercial-free streaming radio service that provides a safe, entertaining, and fun way to learn, listen, laugh, and much more. The service has been running weekly from midnight Friday to midnight EST every Saturday during the pilot phase of the project with plans for additional hours as the service matures.

Grounded in more than 75 years of combined experience in delivering high-quality public radio and television to the region and beyond, this innovative service leverages the assets of WQED, PBS, SLB, and the popular Saturday Light Brigade radio show to serve families with children 10 and under.

“We’re thrilled that iQ Kids Radio has been recognized so soon after our January launch. We’re proud of the technology we’ve deployed to create and deliver this high-quality programming as well as our role in the growing and nationally-recognized community of Pittsburghers who work for and alongside of children and families in our region.” said Larry Berger, Executive Director, SLB.

Seed funding for iQ Kids Radio is provided by The Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc., a founding partner. Additional support is provided by The Grable Foundation and the James McCandless Charitable Trust.
"This year is our 30th anniversary and we felt it necessary to focus on the Pittsburgh community, as a whole, because it is a very close-knit and supportive city. The public voting aspect of this year's DATA Awards allowed us to include more civic and business leaders along with artistic and creative individuals who now directly have a voice in recognizing the amazing tech businesses here in Pittsburgh. We are very happy with the breadth and number of individuals, and organizations, that actively participated," said Audrey Russo, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Technology Council.

A complete list of DATA Award winners is available at the PTC's TechBurgher blog at: http://www.techburgher.com/breaking-news/winners-announced-at-pittsburgh-technology-councils-2013-design-art-and-technology-data-awards-gala/

About WQED Multimedia

WQED Multimedia has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

SLB Radio Productions, Inc.

A nonprofit with twelve employees, SLB began pursuing its mission in 1978 with The Saturday Light Brigade, a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families. Programming grew substantially between 1990 and 2000, as SLB built a strong and loyal audience, winning 10 local, state and national awards. In 2004, with support from the broadcast industry, foundations, corporations and individual donors, SLB opened a $250,000 broadcast studio and training complex in the expanded Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. SLB has since emerged as a hub of community and educational activity. Its work today focuses on (1) continued production of The Saturday Light Brigade radio program and its extension as a vehicle to promote youth voice and (2) school and in-studio workshops in which experienced radio broadcasters and sound engineers work with children to explore self-expression as well as the tools used to collect and process audio into a creative work. More information about SLB is available at www.slbradio.org and www.neighborhoodvoices.org.

Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh educates and trains its members to provide effective volunteer service, to research challenging community needs, and to initiate pilot projects or expand services to meet those needs. Nearly 400 League women volunteer 10,000 hours annually in the Pittsburgh community. The organization provides administrative, financial, and volunteer support for projects and facilitates the permanent sponsorship of programs by other community organizations. Over the past ten years, the League has contributed over $500,000 in community donations and grants.
The League has a 90-plus-year history of high profile community projects. These include the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, The Caring Place, and others. Today, the League remains an innovator with a focus on creating opportunities that enhance children’s well-being and inspire their curiosity.
In 2012, the League selected iQ Kids Radio as a signature project. As a founding partner, the League will contribute $45,000 in seed funding and 7,500 hours of administrative and volunteer support over the next three years. The League’s trained volunteers will design and help implement new outreach, promotional, and business strategies aimed at sustaining iQ Kids Radio. The League first supported WQED at its inception on air in 1954 by creating children’s television programming for ten years.
Additional Junior League of Pittsburgh information is available at www.jlpgh.org.


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