Rick's Radio Show Wins Gold!
Travel with Rick Steves has been awarded the gold Lowell Thomas medal for outstanding audio broadcast of 2010-2011 by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation (SATW), which also named Rick 2011 Travel Journalist of the Year. These awards are recognized as the most prestigious in the travel-writing field.
Here is what an SATW judge had to say about the Travel with Rick Steves radio show:
"Rick Steves hosts a deceptively simple program with sophisticated production values. He draws listeners into animated conversations with unusual people who have taken extraordinary journeys. This program includes a doctor from San Francisco who drove thousands of miles from London to South Africa for the World Cup. Along the way, he found himself in the midst of a life-and-death adventure, struggling to save the life of a man who had been hit by a vehicle. During the same program, Steves converses with retirees who sold their home and launched travels that would take them through Europe and Africa. Steves provides worthwhile advice on typical travel issues, such as which type of Eurail Pass might work best for you. But his program goes far beyond the simple question of what you should do when you reach your destination. Instead, he also explores how your life might change because you have reached that destination. Witness his interview with woman who stood in the Acropolis and found herself experiencing a spiritual awakening. During the same program, Steves explores a musical awakening, occurring over centuries in locations ranging from churches to pubs, as he introduces listeners to the Celtic music cultures of Wales and Ireland. Steves is a pro, and his broadcasts provide a movable feast for the ears."