To warm up baseball fans for the March 31 start of Major League Baseball’s regular season, the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Awards and Peabody Award Collection will present three baseball-themed documentaries that have won the coveted award. The films will all be screened in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library at 300 Hull Street. Admission is free, and the screenings open to the general public as well as UGA students, faculty and staff.
When It Was a Game (March 6, 7:00PM) – A 1991 Peabody winner from HBO Sports and Black Canyon Productions, it’s a lyrical and loving remembrance of the big leagues in the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s assembled largely from footage shot by players as home movies. For anyone who’s nostalgic for the days before multi-millionaire salaries, corporate skyboxes and Astroturf, it’s a must-see.
The Peabody Awards, the oldest in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, visit www.peabodyawards.com.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection is one of the largest broadcasting archives in the country, with over 250,000 titles preserved in film, audio and videotape, and other recording formats. The only public archive in Georgia devoted solely to the preservation of audiovisual materials, the Brown Media Archives holds programs dating from the 1920s to the present day. For more information, see http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/index.html or visit our exhibit space in UGA’s Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library.
Contact: Noel W. Holston, (706) 542-8983, firstname.lastname@example.org