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KCRW 24-Hour Radio Race

KCRW in Santa Monica, CA.

Every August, KCRW hosts the 24-Hour Radio Race: a whirlwind day of high-stakes radio making, open to all members of the broadcast community. We receive entries from radio newbies and seasoned professionals alike from all over the world. Entrants can produce solo or in teams and will have 24 HOURS to write, record, and edit a nonfiction radio story.

Winners will have their pieces broadcast on KCRW’s “UnFictional” documentary program and be paid a licensing fee of $1,000. In addition winners will also receive one-year subscriptions to PRX (the Public Radio Exchange) and AIR (the Association for Independents in Radio).Additional prizes will be awarded for special achievements like the “Social Butterfly Award” and the “UnFictional Award”.

Aside from the material rewards, it’s a great feather in the cap of any student who wants to have their work heard and enjoyed by KCRW’s vast radio and podcasting audience, including many journalism and media professionals like you. And it’s a fun excuse for students to put their hard-won skills to work in a creative and time-sensitive production environment.

This year’s Radio Race will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

More details about the Race will be announced over the next month via KCRW’s social media, but if any students want to be notified directly, they can contact Stacy McClarnon at

For more information on prior Races visit:

For additional info contact Stacy McClarnon or visit

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