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Church-produced radio program is recipient of 1994 Gabriel award

"Music and Values," a 30-minute Public Affairs radio program from the popular "Times and Seasons" series produced by the Church, has won the 1994 Gabriel Award. Selected from approximately 500 entries, the program took top honors in the national-religious category.

The Gabriel Awards, presented by the National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators, recognizes broadcasting efforts - programs, features, spots and stations - which enrich their audience with a values-centered vision of humanity. This year's presentation was made Nov. 11 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif."The `Music and Values' program discusses the effect of music on society and individuals and how music reflects cultures," said Gerry Pond, producer of the series. "It also teaches parents how to help their children select good music."

As the host, Brother Pond interviews people from various musical disciplines about how music can influence people's behavior.

"The message of pop music through much of this century has been positive and upbeat," said George Chilcoat, an education professor at BYU. "However, a lot of music today deals with negative kinds of things in life, and I am really concerned that those kinds of things are quite distractive to kids."

"The `Times and Seasons' series deals with important moral and social issues," said Pond.

The executive producers for this award-winning program are Brother Pond and Brent A. Marshall. It is written by Brother Pond and Lynn A. Wing, and media placed by Don G. Russell.