Commercial Radio Categories


1. BREAKING NEWS STORY

A single report or series of reports on a breaking or “unplanned” news event (including storm coverage) under media deadline. Criteria: manner in which the news organization responded, presentation of facts, delivery, follow-ups and news elements uncovered.

2. COMMERCIAL
A single commercial. May be any commercial announcement written and produced by station personnel. May not include announcements produced with outside advertising or production agency assistance or directions. Maximum length of spot – no more than one minute. Criteria: creativity, effectiveness and production.

3. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
May be any public service announcement locally produced by the station, a public service activity coordinated by the station or any form of gratis community outreach which is a public service of the station to serve its local community. Entry must include a maximum 200-word explanation of the event. Stations may include video/audio reel summarizing events that are no longer than 5 minutes in length. Station may include one example per entry. Criteria: production, creativity and community impact.

4. NEW! CONTINUING COVERAGE
Coverage of current events over an extended number of reports. Entries should include a ten (10) minute composite of your best news coverage of a continuing current event such as the COVID-19 Pandemic, Election 2020, Local Protests, Weather or Storm Damage, or other. Criteria: presentation of facts, thoroughness, story advancement, significance, and delivery.

5. FEATURE PROGRAMMING
A series of reports on a single topic which may be a public affairs program featuring issues of interest to Michigan citizens of all ages (may be children’s programming, recreation, sports, special performances, parades, concerts, etc.) at local and state levels. Entry may include a maximum 200-word explanation of coverage. Criteria: production, relevancy and creativity.

6. FEATURE/USE OF MEDIUM
A single report which may have aired in a newscast as relief or contrast to serious reporting or a long form program. Criteria: human interest, subject portrayal, creative writing, entertainment value, effective use of the audio medium, control of the medium, natural sound and editing.

7. INVESTIGATIVE STORY
Coverage of a significant event affecting the community. May be an investigative or enterprise story. Criteria: significance, presentation of facts, thoroughness and delivery.

8. MARKETING MATERIALS & PROMOS
Promotion of your station or a promotional announcement for a program your station produces and airs. Must be written, produced and aired on your station. May be single announcement or series. Criteria: creativity, effectiveness and production.

9. NEW! MINI-DOCUMENTARY OR SERIES
Series of reports on a single topic which may be included in regularly scheduled newscasts. Criteria: significance, resourcefulness, comprehensiveness, thoroughness of research and production value.

10. MORNING SHOW BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM
Best on-air morning broadcast personality or broadcast team. Maximum length of spot is five minutes. Criteria: production, effectiveness and creativity.

11. NEWSCAST
Best locally originated newscast. Criteria: presentation, production value, interest of stories presented and overall impact of the newscast.

12. PLAY-BY-PLAY SPORTS
Best locally originated play-by-play live sports coverage. Criteria: presentation and production value.

13. UPDATED! REGULARLY SCHEDULED BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM
Best regularly scheduled on-air weekday or weekend broadcast personality or broadcast team. Maximum length of spot is five minutes. Criteria: production, effectiveness and creativity.

14. SPECIAL SHOW BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM
Best on-air special broadcast personality or broadcast team. Maximum length of spot is five minutes. Criteria: production, effectiveness and creativity.

15. SPORTS
Best locally originated, regularly scheduled sportscast. Criteria: presentation, production value and interest of stories presented.

16. USE OF NEW MEDIA (Single Project)
Stations should showcase their use of new media for one single project or story. Entries should include a use of new media, meaning communication using digital technologies. These digital technologies could include one or more of the following: use of the internet, social media, a piece of technology, mobile application, podcast, or other forms of new media. Entries must include an audio and/or visual presentation and a short explanation (500 words or less). An example of an entry would include a story featured on the stations Facebook page that is enhanced by a 360 degree photo or interactive element. Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity and journalistic excellence.

17. USE OF NEW MEDIA (All Encompassing)
Stations should showcase their use of new media for multiple projects/stories or the brand of the station. Entries should include a use of new media, meaning communication using digital technologies. These digital technologies could include one or more of the following: use of the internet, social media, a piece of technology, mobile application, podcast, or other forms of new media. Entries must include an audio and/or visual presentation and a short explanation (500 words or less). An example of an entry would include how the station’s mobile application complements the Twitter and Facebook feeds by promoting their brand to the public. Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity and journalistic excellence.