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KCRW's 4th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race
Santa Monica, CA
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KCRW's 4th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race

The 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 years Race will take place Saturday, August 6 to Sunday, August 7.

As usual, we have prizes galore - including the opportunity to have your piece featured on KCRWs UnFictional - but we encourage you to think bigger. The Radio Race is more than a just a zany competition: its an opportunity to produce the most original, the most moving, the most inventive, the most unexpected piece of instant radio anyone will hear in 2016.

Whether you're a seasoned news producer, a scrappy freelancer, an experimental sound artist, or want to try radio for the first time, theres room for everybody. You can join as an individual or as a group of your own devising.


Between now and Midnight (PT) August 5, Register at http://kcrw.com/radiorace.

At 10AM (PT) on August 6, all entrants will 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 youve been working on prior to 10AM on August 6.

At 10PM (PT) on Saturday, you'll receive a Bonus Challenge which you have the option of weaving into your story!

Upload your finished piece to our Soundcloud pool by 9:59:59AM (PT) Sunday, August 7. NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.

Winners will be announced on or around Tuesday, August 16, 2016.


Winner: $1,000 contract for the piece to air on KCRW's UnFictional, one-year PRX Producer Account, Soundcloud Premium account, KCRW T-shirt

2nd Place: $500 contract for piece to air on KCRW's UnFictional, one-year PRX Producer Account, Soundcloud Premium account, KCRW T-shirt

3rd Place: $300 contract for piece to air on KCRW's UnFictional, one-year PRX Producer Account, Soundcloud Premium account, KCRW T-shirt

The UnFictional Award: The piece that particularly perked up the ears of UnFictional creator Bob Carlson. Piece will air on KCRW's UnFictional.

The Social Butterfly Award: The team that makes the best use of social media using Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and any other social media platform to document their 24-Hours doing the #RadioRace. Winning team gets a one-year PRX Producer Account, Soundcloud Premium account, and a KCRW T-shirt.

A very special thanks to our fantastic sponsors: Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and Soundcloud!


Entries can be no longer than 4 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 Soundcloud by Sunday, August 7 at 10AM PT. Only pieces that meet the deadline will be considered eligible for judging. It is recommended that contestants begin uploading their piece to Soundcloud at least 30 minutes prior to the deadline.

All creativity - 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 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 is considered additional to the total length of the piece.

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.

All US contestants must be legal residents or legal visitors of the United States.

Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulations.

QUESTIONS? Write ipp@kcrw.org.


1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
United States


Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: KCRW
On BPT Since: May 11, 2016
KCRW Radio Race

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