Report on Yale Carillon wins prestigious award for alumnus

A public radio story on the renowned Yale Carillon, produced by Yale graduate Mark Herz, has won the prestigious Connecticut Associated Press 2011 Radio Feature Award.

“Yale Carillon Continues 500 Year Tradition” aired on WSHU Public Radio, an NPR station in Fairfield, Connecticut. (Click here to hear the broadcast.)

The year 2010 was the 500th anniversary of the carillon (the instrument, that is, not the Yale incarnation, which was originally built in 1922, with additional bells added in 1964). The heaviest musical instrument in the world, the carillon consists of at least 23 cast bronze bells (Yale’s has 54) that are played together or in succession. Herz’s report, titled “Yale Carillon Continues 500 Year Tradition,” focuses on one summer concert. It begins with a rehearsal that introduces the listener to how the carillon is played and ends with the sounds of a full concert.

Herz graduated in 2001 with a linguistics degree from Yale, where his faculty mentors were Fred Strebeigh and Elizabeth Sledge. He then went on to get his master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where he reported from Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001.

After a five-year stint in Northern Arizona, where he contributed to the award-winning public radio series, “Poverty With a View,” Herz returned home to Connecticut. For the past two years, he has been a reporter and the local host of “All Things Considered” on WSHU.

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