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KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race
KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making for producers of any experience level. Radio makers from all over the world will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story. On Saturday, August 2nd, at 10AM PT, contestants will be emailed a THEME. They will then have 24 hours to create a story that somehow relates to this theme. By Sunday August 3rd at 10AM PT, their finished piece must be posted on Soundcloud for judging.

Join radio producers all over the world for an adventure that will challenge and thrill you. Put together a team, or sign up as a solo participant.

QUESTIONS? Contact ipp@kcrw.org


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


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 3rd at 10AM PST. 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.

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.


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


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