Public TV won eight Peabody Awards and public radio three, the University of Georgia announced today. Bill Moyers and Jay Allison’s Transom.org received awards. WGBH won three and P.O.V., two.

Steve Bass, head of Nashville PTV, tells the Tennessean how the station could help emergency workers by datacasting information to them over the station’s DTV signal.

When WQED flickered to life on April 1, 1954, it was the nation’s first community-owned educational television station. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recalls the station’s glory days, financial free-fall and slow recovery in a 50th anniversary feature.

Some letter-writers to Salon stick up for Bob Edwards, but one, supposedly an anonymous NPR reporter, says “those of us inside the newsroom are dumbĀ­founded by Bob Edwards’ enduring popularity.”

Former Minnesota Public Radio host Katherine Lanpher is “the only person who appears to know what she’s doing” on Al Franken’s new left-wing talk show, says the Chicago Tribune (reg. req.).

“It was Alistair Cooke’s idiosyncratic mix of the momentous and the everyday that captivated his British audience and turned his Letter from America into an institution,” wrote Karen McVeigh in The Scotsman after the BBC journalist died today. Cooke was 95 and had ceased his weekly BBC Letter from America in February.

Recent audience and membership declines at New Hampshire Public Television put the public TV network at a disadvantage against Boston powerhouse WGBH, reports the New Hampshire Sunday News.

NPR’s home page has a new look and a note about it. Some inside pages display poorly in Mozilla Firefox for Windows but render well in IE. Update: This problem appears to be fixed.

The morning show on Air America, the forthcoming liberal talk radio network, will be called Morning Sedition, according to an XM Radio release.