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N.y.c. Board of Education to Produce Radio Series on Holocaust

An educational radio series on the Holocaust will be produced by WNYE-FM of the New York City Board of Education as a result of a $60,889 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding from the Ethnic Heritage Studies Program will provide for an 18-part series to be broadcast on WNYE, 91.5 on the FM dial, from Oct. 1, 1981 to Sept. 30, 1982.

The series will also be distributed nationwide through the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Service and will be offered to National Public Radio and In-Touch Network for their member stations.

Chancellor Frank Macchiarola, who made the announcement, described the significance of the radio series saying, “This will foster greater understanding between ethnic groups in the city and throughout the nation.” Dr. Perry Davis, director of the Office of Funded Programs, also commented, “This is a breakthrough in funding for ethnic studies and a tribute to the Emmy award-winning WNYE-FM which will produce the series.”

PROGRAMS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

WNYE-FM will produce the programs in both English and Spanish with the first broadcast being a training film for teachers on the Holocaust. There will be seven dramatic scripts written by a professional writer as well as one prize-winning script selected from a city-wide writing contest among high school students studying the Holocaust.

The final program will be a panel discussion with students interviewing experts. High school students participating in the project will prepare the research for the dramatic scripts. Research for these programs will be drawn from the oral history collections at the Center for Holocaust Studies and at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn.

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