Monday, April 16, 2007

Public Radio Talent Quest is looking for you...and your stories

This just in from Jeff Tatanus (Thanks, Jeff!)
Dean Lynch-
I found this online and thought that there would likely be some Parkies who would be interested in entering:

Public Radio Talent Quest contestants will compete in four rounds of auditions and on-air challenges. Thousands of public radio listeners will cast their votes online and a panel of public radio professionals and celebrity judges will help winnow the field from hundreds of entrants to the final group of three – each of whom will get to produce a pilot show for public radio a Participatory event.

Public radio stations around the country and major national shows will help spread the word about The Quest, encouraging contestants to enter and listeners to vote.

When all is said and done the three winners and their pilot shows will be posted online and presented to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for possible further funding and national distribution.

The Public Radio Talent Quest is designed and run by PRX (The Public Radio Exchange) and supported by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The PRX Quest team includes all-star talent scouts Jay Allison, John Barth, Maxie Jackson, Jake Shapiro, and Izzi Smith.

What are the categories?
You can enter the Quest in three broad categories - talk, entertainment, or music.

These are the basic formats for programs on public radio - think Talk of the Nation, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and Morning Becomes Eclectic.

So what can I win?

Besides the glory and satisfaction of participating in a public radio mega event, if you advance in the contest you have a number of enticing prizes awaiting you.

We're still luring some fancy sponsors to contribute gadgets and "schwag", but in the meantime here's how it breaks down:

  • 10 semifinalists get $500 to participate in round 2
  • 7 semifinalists get $1000 to participate in round 3
  • 5 semifinalists get $2500 to participate in round 4
  • and the 3 finalists get $10,000 plus $6,000 for a producer/mentor to produce a pilot program.


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