Los Angeles radio station KJLH-FM (102.3) was awarded a prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting Thursday for its "timely, exhaustive and important coverage of the Los Angeles riots" last year.
"I think it's great," said Carl Nelson, KJLH news director. "But I don't think we did anything different than what every other radio station should have done during the civil disturbances. Most chose to play music rather than to be responsible to what was going on in the community. But I think it's incumbent upon stations, especially those that appeal to ethnic minorities, to provide some kind of informational material."
Another local station, KTTV-TV Channel 11, was also awarded a Peabody for its gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Rodney G. King civil trial.
Among the other 33 winners for 1992 were "Roseanne," "Seinfeld," "Northern Exposure," C-SPAN, "Nightline," "Larry King Live," Daniel Schorr and Fred Rogers.