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

A compilation audio file with 3-5 events. May be any public service announcements 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 200 word explanation of events. Stations may include video/audio reel summarizing events that is no longer than 5 minutes in length. One entry will be allowed per station. Criteria: production, creativity and community impact.

4. 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. Criteria: production, relevancy and creativity.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. MARKETING MATERIALS AND 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.

8. 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.

9. NEWSCAST

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

10. PLAY-BY-PLAY SPORTS

Best locally originated play-by-play live sports coverage. Criteria: presentation and production values.

11. REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKDAY BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM

Best regularly scheduled on-air weekday broadcast personality or broadcast team. Maximum length of spot is five minutes. Criteria: production, effectiveness and creativity.

12. REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKEND BROADCAST PERSONALITY OR TEAM

Best regularly scheduled on-air weekend broadcast personality or broadcast team. Maximum length of spot is five minutes. Criteria: production, effectiveness and creativity.

13. 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.

14. SPORTS

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

15. USE OF NEW MEDIA

Stations should showcase their use of new media in single or multiple projects. Entries should include one or more of the following: use of the Internet and/or web, social media, tablets, cell phones, mobile apps, podcasts, or other forms of new media. Entries must include an audio and/or visual presentation and a short explanation (500 words or less). Entries will be judged on innovation, creativity and journalistic excellence.