Ends on August 6, 2019

$12.00 USD

**REGISTRATION CLOSES midnight August 6, 2019 PT**

KCRW's 7th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making for producers of any experience level. You will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. This year's Race will take place 10 a.m. PT August 10 and lasts through 10 a.m. PT August 11.

We have prizes galore, including the opportunity to have your piece featured on KCRW, as well as our podcast Nocturne. But we encourage you to think bigger. The Radio Race is more than a just a competition: It's an opportunity to produce the most original, the most moving, the most inventive, the most unexpected piece of instant radio anyone will hear in 2019.

Whether you're a seasoned news producer, a scrappy freelancer, an experimental sound artist, or you want to try radio for the first time, we encourage you to participate. 

You can join as an individual or as a group of your own devising.

HOW IT WORKS:

  • At 10AM (PT) Saturday, August 10, you'll receive the THEME for this years Race.
  • You'll spend the next 24 hours making an all-original piece around the Theme. That means you CANNOT incorporate or repurpose ideas and pieces you've been working on prior to 10AM Sunday, August 11.
  • At 10PM (PT) on Saturday, you'll receive a Bonus Challenge that you have the option of weaving into your story. 
  • Upload your finished piece to our official Otter.ai playlist by 9:59:59AM (PT) Sunday, August 11. NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.
  • The top ten will be announced the week of August 19. Winners will be announced the week of August 26.

JUDGING: 

KCRW staff will listen to every submission. They will narrow down the batch and send their favorites to our industry judges. Submissions will be judged on four categories: creativity, storytelling, technical skills and incorporation of the theme.  Industry judges this year include editor of The Shadows and KCRW’s Bodies, Sharon Mashihi, Engagement strategist at AIR, An Uong, Hearsay founder, Diarmuid McIntyre, Deputy Director of Programming & New Audience at NPR, N’Jeri Eaton, and host of KCRW’s Greater LA, Steve Chiotakis.

PRIZES:

  • Winner: $1,000 contract for the piece to air on KCRW, one-year PRX Producer Account, one-year Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) Membership and Talent Directory listing, KCRW swag and an annual team subscription to Otter.ai
  • 2nd Place: $500 contract for piece to air on KCRW, one-year PRX Producer Account, one-year Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) Membership and Talent Directory listing, KCRW swag and a three-month team subscription to Otter.ai
  • 3rd Place: $300 contract for piece to air on KCRW, one-year PRX Producer Account, one-year Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) Membership and Talent Directory listing, KCRW swag and a three-month team subscription to Otter.ai
  • The Nocturne Award: Nocturne is a storytelling podcast that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how things transform in the dark. Host Vanessa Lowe will choose one winning piece to air on KCRW’s Nocturne. She’ll be looking for submissions that intersect with the night, darkness, and/or something that transforms in large ways by virtue of a seemingly small trigger.
  • The Social Butterfly Award: The team that makes the best use of social media using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media platform to document their 24-Hours doing the #RadioRace. Winning team gets KCRW swag and $100 cash prize.
  • The Werk It Award: This prize will be awarded to the woman or non-binary person (or team) whose submission surprised, delighted and intrigued the producers of the Werk It Festival. Winners will be awarded General Admission two-day passes to the Werk It Festival courtesy of WNYC Studios. The festival will take place on Oct. 3 – 4, 2019 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. This category will be guest judged by the Werk It team at WNYC Studios. For more information see www.werkitfestival.com.
  • All Radio Race winners and finalists will be considered for air on PRX remix, PRX's XM station and radio show featuring stories and podcasts.
  • All California residents who COMPLETE the race will get a KCRW Membership, which includes: access to exclusive member pre-sales for KCRW events like Masquerade, LRC Live, The Moth and more, regular KCRW member updates via our newsletter; and a Fringe Benefits card for restaurants, culture, and event ticket discounts all around Southern California.

SPONSORS:

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors: Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), Public Radio Exchange (PRX), WNYC's Werk It and Otter.ai


RULES, ELIGIBILITY, AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entries can be no longer than four minutes, in English and non-fiction. This means that the narrative must be based on true events. 
  • All costs related to the finished piece are the sole responsibility of the contestant.
  • Each team must complete their piece and it must be uploaded to our official Otter.ai playlist by 10AM, Sunday, August 11 PT. Only pieces that meet the deadline will be considered eligible for judging. It is recommended that contestants begin uploading their piece to Otter at least 30 minutes prior to the deadline. **You will need an Otter.ai login to upload your final Radio Race submission.** 
  • TRANSCRIPTION is provided by our sponsor Otter.ai. You can sign up for free and use a regular account or you can sign up for teams using the coupon code RadioRace19. **You will need an Otter.ai login to upload your final Radio Race submission.** 
  • All writing, editing, and mixing the piece must occur within the 24 hour period defined above. Please do not repurpose a piece that you have already produced. Archival tape is permitted, but special consideration will be given to teams who record the majority of their actuality sound on race day.
  • Any type of recording equipment may be used.
  • MUSIC incorporated into your piece MUST be either original or legally cleared by the rights-holders. We cannot be held liable for any legal, technical, or other punitive actions relating to your use of third-party music (including, but not limited to, the blocking of your upload by Soundcloud due to copyright detection algorithms).
  • Each piece must include the following credits at the end: "This piece was produced by _________, as part of The 24-Hour Radio Race from KCRW's Independent Producer Project." This must be INCLUDED in your four minutes total running time (you cannot run over to add credits).
  • By submitting a work for entry into the Contest, producers retain their right to that work, and are encouraged to submit it elsewhere for broadcast (in which case the 24-Hour Radio Race credit must be included). In addition, KCRW retains permission to broadcast the piece on-air or online for promotional or programming purposes and edit the piece for promotional or programming purposes, on-air or online. 
  • In order to compete, at least one member of each team must be 18 or over.
  • A team may be comprised of an individual or a group of people.
  • KCRW Staff, Board of Directors, and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.
  • Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulations.
  • READ THE OFFICIAL RADIO RACE SURVIVAL GUIDE

QUESTIONS? Write ipp@kcrw.org.