FAQ’s

Q   Can I include work broadcast in December 2014 in my entry?
A   No, the awards must consist of material that is broadcast between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016.

 

Q   Do I include Songs and Music in my entry?
A   No, you can demonstrate the intro and the back announce/outro, but please eliminate the song/s

 

Q   I want to give a few examples of broadcasts that took place over several days. Can I do this?
A   Please remember that there are duration restrictions on audio submissions. You need to attempt to submit your best work in as succinct a manner as possible

 

Q   As independent producers, we wish to submit some of the work that we have done for stations around the country. Can we include the work that we have done as a montage of several stations, or must we submit these individually?
A   You need to submit each station’s production work individually. You will need to ensure that you have the permission of the station to submit the entry.

 

Q   Can I submit more than one entry per disk/flash-drive?
A   No, this may be overlooked. Please submit only one audio entry per disk/flash-drive.

 

Q   I am a PBS broadcaster, but I want to submit certain entries in the Commercial Category
A   Only PBS stations may opt to nominate that specific entries are evaluated in the commercial entries pool. Please note that this entry can only be submitted in one sector, e.g. either Commercial, OR PBS

 

Q   Will the judges have listened to my programme aside from my audio submission?
A   The judges will only evaluate the material entered and submitted for adjudication. It is not feasible for judges to listen to all programmes and presenters.

 

Q   How can I ensure that I have the ability to submit my best work?
A   Create a file folder (within your IT system) in which you save all the work that you believe will make up your entry. Keep adding to this folder as this will ensure that you do not have to scramble around for material when you start compiling your entry. A hint for Station Management – do regular reviews of the best material from the presenter/producer as part of your performance management program. You will then have a pool of material from which to select.

 

Q   I’m not in sure which category a prospective submission belongs. Who can advise me?
A   Please contact Lance Rothschild on lance@libertyradioawards.co.za OR Michelle Rodriques on michelle@libertyradioawards.co.za | 011 280 3530

 

Handy Tips

Plan Ahead

Regularly archive your best work over the course of the year – don’t leave it too late. If you think something’s worth submitting, save it rather than having to search for it later.

Technical competence and good quality sound are important. Your entry should be the best representation you could possibly have. Remember that your entry speaks for you, when you aren’t in the room.

Listen to your entry before you submit it. Listen to it as the judges will hear it.

Remember that judges are looking for excellence and that means that they are expecting to be gripped from the start. The more compelling listening your entry is, the better your chance of winning. Will your entry make judges sit up and take notice?

Category

Make sure that you have submitted the entry into the correct category. Read the category descriptions carefully and consider these ahead of submitting the entry.

Presentation

It is better to be targeted, rather than expansive with your audio and support material.
Ensure that the sound is audible and that the submission represents you effectively.

Supporting Material

Don’t assume that the judges know everything – if you feel that you need to explain the context of an item, do. A judge may have no idea where your show fits in the schedule, who it is aimed at and why you did it the way you did – please use the opportunity to explain. Use the motivation space (500 words) and make sure that this reinforces your submission.

Winning Tips

Think like a judge – remember that the judges have several entries and they have limited time to evaluate all the entries

Create a File Folder and store your memorable material in this. It will make your life easier when you are starting to compile your entry

Ask yourself the question: “What makes this submission memorable?”

Does your entry captivate the judges early in the compilation

Think of your entry as an audition in front of a select panel of judges; think of it as an application for employment and treat it as such.