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We’re Yelling “Timber!” Story on Harmonica Player’s Riff Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Award

by Anne Bothwell 24 Apr 2014 5:30 PM

It’s one of three awards KERA received from the Radio Television Digital News Association.



Paul Harrington sits in on harmonica with the Tu-Tones at Landon WInery in McKinney. On his left is Bob Wingate.

Remember this story about Paul Harrington, the harmonica player from Rockwall whose riff is the base of  Pitbull and Ke$ha’s hit song “Timber”?

(That’s ok. You can read it or listen to it again)

Well, news comes that the piece has won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for use of sound. Congratulations to Lyndsay Knecht, Lauren Silverman and Sam Baker. The award’s given by the Radio Television Digital News Association. Our “region” covers Texas and Oklahoma.

That was one of three awards the station received. The others:

• Newscast: KERA’s staff for the Nov. 22, 2013, local news block reporting on that day’s JFK 50 commemoration in Dealey Plaza. BJ Austin hosted the block, with reporting by Shelley Kofler (who also co-hosted that day’s 2-hour live coverage), Stella Chavez, Lauren Silverman and Bill Zeeble

• Feature reporting: KERA’s Lauren Silverman for her Feb. 20, 2013, story, “Young Adults With Autism Find Work In Tech.” Lauren’s story was also picked up nationally by Morning Edition.

Lots to celebrate here at the station today.