WNIJ's Sue Stephens has won first place in the nationwide Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Awards for Best Writing, presented Saturday night in Cleveland OH.
She won the award for her story "Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford," a feature which aired during Morning Edition on August 13, 2012.
The story chronicled the Burpee Museum of Natural History exhibition of guitars and other memorabilia from the collection of Rick Nielsen, founder of the Rockford-based rock band Cheap Trick, and interviews with Nielsen and his son Miles.
Extended version of our Morning Edition feature. Contains things you'll miss if you just read the transcript, including Nielsen interrupting another interview, his grandchildren interrupting his news conference, and a bit of his live performance with Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at the exhibit's opening.
Bonus: Miles Nielsen describes some of his favorite things from his father's exhibit at Burpee Museum, plus a sample of Rick Nielsen composing "Writing on the Wall" into a tape recorder at his kitchen table.
A new exhibit opened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford this weekend. And this time, it isn’t dinosaur bones attracting huge crowds: it’s an eccentric musician and the things he has collected during his half-century in rock.