Create your team.
Get the theme.
Submit your piece!
KCRW's 6th annual 24-hour Radio Race is open for registration. This year’s race begins at 10 a.m. PST August 25 and lasts through 10 a.m. PST August 26. You’ll have just 24 hours to write, record and edit a nonfiction radio story. We encourage producers of any experience level to participate. Yeah, even you.
We’ll air the top three winning pieces on KCRW. But remember: the Radio Race is more than just a zany competition. It’s an opportunity to produce the most original piece of radio anyone will hear in 2018. Think big, people!
Whether you’re a seasoned news producer, a scrappy freelancer, an experimental sound artist, or just want to try radio for the first time, there’s room for you. You can join as an individual or as a team of your own making.
Here’s how it works: Sign up to register for the race. Then at 10 a.m. sharp on August 25, we’ll email you the theme to inspire your radio story — and then you’ll be on your way! You’ll have until 10 a.m. PST Sunday to complete your piece and upload it to Soundcloud.
We encourage you to participate from anywhere in the world. Last year, our social butterflies made their piece from New Delhi, India.Register Now
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 T-shirt.
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 T-shirt.
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 T-shirt.
The Bodies AwardBodies is a new podcast hosted by Allison Behringer that features women exploring the mysteries of their bodies. It’ll launch July 25. Allison Behringer will choose one piece to air on KCRW's Bodies. Hint: intimate narratives featuring strong characters work well for this category.
The Social Butterfly AwardThe 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.
KCRW MembershipEveryone who COMPLETES the race will get a KCRW Membership.
In addition to KCRW staff, judges this year include Vanessa Lowe, host of Nocturne, Jenna Weiss-Berman, co-founder of Pineapple Street Media, Sam Sanders, host of NPR's It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, Kathy Tu, host of WNYC's Nancy and Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's Press Play.
What is a team?
A team can be you, or you and a friend, or you and five friends. As long as you are collaboratively working on a single piece that will be submitted under a single entry, the team can be as large or as small as you’d like.
Does each person on the team have to register individually?
Nope! You should deputize one person to register. BUT we will ask for contact info for each team member, just in case your team takes home a prize.
I want to use music in my piece, how does that work?
The most basic rule of thumb is this: If you didn’t write it (or can’t work out a legit direct agreement with the composer), you shouldn’t use it. This includes “Creative Commons” stuff that you haven’t directly licensed.
Can I use pre-existing tape of any kind?
The piece must be produced, recorded and edited within the 24-hour time frame. Sometimes the stars align and the theme will perfectly mirror some brilliant piece you’ve been sitting on for months, but this isn’t the forum for that. The Radio Race is about invention and ingenuity, and we want you to maximize both!
Will you be available to answer any emergency questions during the race?
Yes! Operators will be standing by on Twitter and Facebook for the duration of the Race. Feel free to ping us with any special considerations or unforeseen circumstances (after you read the FAQ and the registration page, of course).
What will I win?
The top three winners will be aired on KCRW and receive cash prizes. There are also two special prizes this year: The Bodies Award and The Social Butterfly Award.
Still have a question? Reach us at IPP@kcrw.org.
And make us proud!Register Now