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2017 Radio Race

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August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017

KCRW’s 5th Annual 24-hour Radio Race is open for registration! This year’s race is August 19 – August 20. It’s 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.

Winners will get the opportunity to have your piece featured on KCRW’s “UnFictional,” but the Radio Race is more than a just a zany competition: it’s an opportunity to produce the most original, the most moving, the most inventive, the most unexpected piece of “instant radio” anyone will hear in 2017.

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 devising.

Here’s how it works: Sign up now to register for the race. Then on August 19 at 10 am PT, we’ll email you the theme and you’ll be on your way! You’ll have until 10 am PT Sunday to complete your piece and upload it to Soundcloud.

You can participate from anywhere in the world, but if you happen to be in LA or Boston, you’ll have a chance to meet and work alongside other Radio Racers! If you’re in LA, KCRW will have a home base at Village Workspaces on Olympic Blvd. The PRX Podcast Garage, Boston’s first community podcast studio, will be open to participants for the full 24 hours of the Radio Race. Come in to record in their state-of-the-art recording studio or take their audio field kit for a spin. Find out more and RSVP here.