2017 Championship Radio Winners
This year, one radio competition was held in the News & Features category. The top winners from those 52 entrants qualified to participate in the Hearst National Radio Broadcast News Championship in San Francisco. The radio finalists were assigned to tell a story about political partisanship in the age of Trump. The finalists’ radio packages were to include an anchor lead-in, a recorded wrap and a completed script to be presented as a piece for a radio network’s morning drive segment. The judges expected to receive a news piece,
ranging between one to two minutes in addition to a shorter 40-second piece.
The judges received the completed entries by Thursday morning for review. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony that evening. The first-through-third place winners were awarded scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, and $3,000 respectively. The two finalists earned $1,500 scholarships each. An additional $1,000 award for Best Use of Radio for News Coverage was selected from the monthly competition submissions.