Radio Categories

Commercial

An informative & persuasive message produced for a defined audience to promote buying action.Length: 30 or 60 seconds, Real spots only. 

Personality Talent Reel

Includes “telescoped” air check of a single show demonstrating announcing, production, creativity, and personality.   Time limit: 5 minutes 

Long-Form Journalism

Includes extensive reporting about a topic in documentary form or in a series of reports (2-5). No maximum entry length.  Judges will be encouraged to listen to at least the first 10 consecutive minutes.

Promotional Spot

Short announcement to inform and attract audiences for a station’s own programming, to create community awareness of the station or of particular programs, or to create or reinforce the station’s image in the community. Length: 30 or 60 seconds  

Narrative-Short

Fictional presentation segment or program, such as soap operas, drama, comedy, and parody, etc. Student production must be original; script does not.                          Maximum length:5 min.

Public Service Announcement

Announcement for charitable or other worthwhile endeavor presented for a not-for-profit organization or motive.          Length:30 or 60 seconds          

Narrative-Long

Fictional presentation segment or program such as parodies, skits, etc. Student work must be original; script does not.                No maximum length, Minimum length 5:01

Sports Play-by-Play

Includes sports announcing play-by-play and color as a live-event presentation of a sports competition. Entry length:10 minutes telescoped

Feature News Story

A creative news report considered “soft” minutes news that viewers find interesting.  Time limit: 5 minutes 

Newscast

Newscasts produced by students in real-time (to tape) original (first time) production. Post-production is NOT ALLOWED. The newscast is not to be redone with multiple takes or taping. Entire newscast will be judged on content and prod. value.              No maximum entry length. Judges will be encouraged to watch at least the first 10 consecutive minutes. 

Hard News Story

A news report about issues that have an impact on viewers. Time limit: 5 minutes

Sports Magazine/Talk Program

A featured-based, non-fiction sports information program which may include coaches’ shows or pre/post-game shows.   No maximum entry length. Judges will be encouraged to watch at least the first 10 consecutive minutes.

Entertainment Talk Program

A feature-based, non-fiction, informational non-news program (although news might be included),talk shows, coaches shows,and/or programs addressing community/campus issues. NO NEWSCASTS. No maximum entry length. Judges will be encouraged to watch at least the first 10 consecutive minutes.

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