Announcing the winners of KCRW’s 2015 Radio Race

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radioraceWe are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Radio Race. The quality and creativity that revealed itself in just 24-hours was inspiring! Thank you to all who participated.

This year’s top racers represent the reach and impact of great radio storytelling. We have winners from Mexico, Australia and Kansas City, MO. Congratulations!

1st Place:

Fountain City Frequency for The Time Travelers Ark

Produced by: Esther Honig, Patrick Quick and Matthew Hodapp

This story transcended its topic (alzheimer’s) to incorporate our theme (Time Change) in a fascinating way. It surprised and moved our judges. This team will win a $1000 contract to air the piece on UnFictional, a one-year PRX Producer account, a one-year Soundcloud Premium account, a one-year PopUp Archive Premium Account, a one-year AIR membership, and a KCRW t-shirt.

2nd Place:

Mike and Timothy for One Step at a Time

Produced by: Mike Williams and Timothy Nicastri

We watched on Instagram as this team struggled with one failed story concept after another. But Mike and Timothy ultimately landed on something great. It’s an intimate interview bolstered by great production values and thoughtful ending. These elements make this touching story piece sound completely fresh.

The team will win a $500 contract to air the piece on UnFictional, a one-year PRX Producer account, a one-year Soundcloud Premium account, a one-year PopUp Archive Premium Account, a one-year listing on AIR’s Talent Directory, and a KCRW t-shirt.

3rd Place:

Esto no es radio for Ahorita:

Produced by: Fernando Hernandez Becerra, Alfredo Nuñez and Valeria Sánchez

The story turned a tiny phrase into a big idea, and was a creative adaptation of the theme and the bonus challenge. We particularly loved watching their racing adventures unfold on Periscope!

The team will win a $300 contract to air the piece on UnFictional, a one-year PRX Producer account, a one-year Soundcloud Premium account, a one-year PopUp Archive Premium Account, a one-year listing on AIR’s Talent Directory, and a KCRW t-shirt.

Unfictional Award:

Giraffe-kun for Reasons to Traumatize Your Child

Produced by: Ruslan Kulski

The Unfictional award goes to the piece that embodies the spirit of Unfictional. The humor and tension  made an impression on host Bob Carlson, so this piece will air on the program alongside this year’s winners. Ruslan will also get a one-year Soundcloud Premium account, and a KCRW t-shirt.

One of the best parts about watching the #RadioRace hashtag this year was not only the unexpected stuff (hail, forgotten headphones, sleepy edit sessions), but also the tremendous support everyone showed for their fellow racers. It seemed like there was more engagement on social media this year than ever before – so we have two Social Butterfly award winners this year:

Jake J. Smith for Part of the Problem

Nona Varnado and team Tie Me to the Mast Her 3 AM donut run and other clever dispatches from the race were fun and inspiring.

They’ll also win a one-year PRX Producer account, a one-year Soundcloud Premium account, a one-year listing on AIR’s Talent Directory, and a KCRW t-shirt.

The top three and the Unfictional Award winner will air on Unfictional in September so be sure to follow us on Twitter @ippKCRW or subscribe to the Independent Producer Project Newsletter so you’re not left behind!