Congratulations to WTJU for winning a Virginia Association of Broadcasters excellence in broadcasting award for "Best Human Interest Series."
Last year, Bruce Penner, host of Radio Tropicale, had the idea to gather stories from refugees who have resettled in Charlottesville. Charlottesville is one of 16 U.S. cities where the International Refugee Committee resettles refugees from around the world. In WTJU's Origins stories project, we asked are refugees a few simple questions: Where did you come from? Why did you leave? How did you get here?
In the May and June of 2012, WTJU aired those stories over the course of a few weeks, book-ended by the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures and the UN-designated World Refugee Day.
Listen to two of those stories here:
Charlottesville has an incredibly rich cultural fabric, made richer by the refugees from around the world who make a home here. This project was about what WTJU does best: connecting people to one another, whether it’s through music, stories, or conversation. It’s nice to receive the recognition from our peers around the state.