This year, one radio competition was held in the features category. The top winners from those 46 entrants qualified to participate in the Hearst National Radio Broadcast News Championship in San Francisco.
The five finalists arrived in San Francisco on June 6th, and that evening they met with the broadcast judges to receive their assignment. They were asked to "find a story that reflects the greening of San Francisco, representing its dedication to livability and sustainability. Those ideas can include recreation, food or farming, energy saving, waste conversion - or any other aspect of environmental consciousness that the candidate identifies for its news value."
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 San Francisco radio network's morning drive segment. The judges expected to receive a news piece, ranging between one to two minutes.
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 and are featured below. The two finalists who earned $1,500 scholarship awards are: Gardenia Coleman, Arizona State University and Michael Tomsic from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. An additional award of $1,000 was given to Wade Hilligoss for Best use of Radio for News Coverage selected from the monthly competition submissions.