New York, New York – January 11, 2017 — Call for Entry for the 26th Annual Radio Mercury Awards is now open. Entries are being accepted for outstanding creative spots, campaigns and innovative radio work from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities, and advertisers.

Chief Judge Mark Gross, along with a soon-to-be-announced team of final round judges, will disburse over $87,000 in cash prizes including the $50,000 Best of Show prize.  Categories for this year’s competition include:

•    Agency/Production Company Produced Commercial
•    New – Big Idea: Audio
•    Integrated Campaign with Radio/Audio
•    PSA Spot or Campaign
•    Radio Campaign
•    Radio Station Produced Commercial
•    Spanish Language Spot or Campaign
•    Student Produced Spot

Showcase Awards:
•    Radio Station Produced Promotional Spot
•    International Radio or Audio

Final round judges will award at least one winner in each category, and at least two awards in Agency/Production Company Produced Commercial, Radio Campaign and Radio Station Produced Commercial.  Judges will also have the discretion to award additional prizes.

“We’re really excited to hear all of the new spots coming out of 2016.  We have a couple of new additions to the awards slate that showcase where the creative community is heading in the audio space,” noted Erica Farber, president and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau and chair of the Radio Creative Fund. “With the help of Mark Gross and our panel of final round judges, I know we will honor and recognize the best of the best and what’s next for our industry.”

The Radio Mercury Awards will announce the total number of awards to be given out when the 2017 Finalists are announced in early May. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Radio Mercury Awards event on June 1 in New York.

For more information regarding entry guidelines, category descriptions, entry fees, and deadlines please log onto www.radiomercuryawards.com.

About the Radio Mercury Awards

The Radio Mercury Awards, the only competition exclusively devoted to radio, was established in 1992 to encourage and reward the development of effective and creative radio commercials. The annual Radio Mercury Awards competition draws entries from advertising agencies, production houses, radio stations, and educational institutions across the country. Approximately 18,800 commercials have competed for over $3.3 million in prizes. The Radio Creative Fund (RCF), a non-profit corporation funded by the radio industry, governs the Radio Mercury Awards. The Radio Advertising Bureau produces the Radio Mercury Awards.

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Meghan Buonocore
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