Of the 64 entries received in the two radio competitions during the academic year, 10 students' work qualified them for the semi-final round of judging. From that round, 5 radio finalists were selected to participate in the National Broadcast News Championship in San Francisco.
The finalists arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 6th and that evening they met with the broadcast judges to receive their assignment. This year the radio finalists' assignment was the 40th anniversary of the "Summer of Love." Their package was to include an anchor lead-in, a recorded wrap and a completed script to be presented as a piece for a California radio network's morning drive segment. The judges expected to receive a piece with a hard news angle, ranging between one to two and a half minutes.
The judges received the completed tapes and scripts by Saturday morning for review. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony Saturday 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: Martha Castaneda from Arizona State University and Walter R. Storholt from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. An additional award of $1,000 was given to Danielle Wood for Best use of Radio for News Coverage.