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Entries accepted January 1 through March 9, 2018.

The Celebration of Service to America Awards give national recognition for the outstanding work local broadcasters are doing to serve their communities each and every day.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Service to Children for Radio
  • Service to Children for Television
  • Service to Community for Radio
  • Service to Community for Television
  • Service to America Television

Award winners receive:

  • National recognition for local community service
  • Roundtrip airfare to and hotel accommodations in Washington, D.C. for one representative of your station
  • Two complimentary tickets for the Celebration of Service to America Awards
  • Opportunity to meet members of Congress, FCC commissioners and broadcast industry leaders

Showcase your station’s commitment to localism. Submit your Celebration of Service to America Award entries today.

ALL questions must be answered for all entries. Entries must be submitted using the online entry form.

Service to Children Awards for Radio and Television

These awards spotlight television and radio broadcasters for their overall excellence in serving the children of their communities. Entries should reflect ALL efforts by the station to provide educational and informational programs, campaigns and PSAs for children age 16 or younger. (Programs and campaigns about children, but not directed to children, should not be entered in this category but may be considered in other categories.) Stations can submit only one entry in this category and should include all relevant programs, public service campaigns and PSAs.

  1. Briefly describe the purpose and goals of your station’s efforts toward children age 16 or younger.
  2. Provide a brief description of all relevant programming, PSAs or campaigns produced and aired by your station during the eligibility period. For programs, please include the air day, date and time.
  3. Provide the age of the target audience for each program, PSA or campaign (e.g., 2-8, 9-11, 12-16).
  4. Please cite, and include if possible, evidence of station outreach efforts and viewer and community reaction to the programming, PSAs or campaigns (e.g., printed material, photographs, ratings, letters, awards, etc.).

Service to America Community Awards for Radio and Television

This category honors radio and television broadcasters for individual campaigns, projects or programs that serve the public good or otherwise provide exemplary service to their local communities. The campaigns, projects or programs may respond to an emergency or specific need in the community and/or they may include partners such as nonprofits, commercial enterprises, government agencies or some combination thereof. Individual stations and broadcast ownership groups may submit multiple entries in this category.

  1. Briefly describe the campaign, project or program and the local community need to which it responded.
  2. If the campaign, project or program is a partnership, briefly describe the nature of the partnership, how long the relationship has been in existence, how it has evolved and what it has accomplished.
  3. IF POSSIBLE, approximate the following: amount of airtime devoted to the campaign, project or program; dollar value of that airtime; funds raised or dollar value of goods collected; any other quantifiable results, such as number of volunteers recruited, pints of blood collected, station staff involved, etc.
  4. Please cite, and include if possible, evidence of station outreach efforts and viewer and community reaction to the programming, PSAs or campaigns (e.g., printed material, photographs, ratings, letters, awards, etc.).

Service to America Television Award

This award recognizes a television station for the totality of its efforts, during the eligibility period, in serving its community. Entrants are judged on their overall commitment to excellence as evidenced by the extent and consistency of their overall, ongoing community service initiatives. Stations should submit only one entry in this category.

  1. Briefly describe the purposes and goals of your station’s overall outreach efforts in the community.
  2. List and describe the station’s most significant public service campaigns and activities during the eligibility period. Include the names of organizations that benefited from these initiative
  3. Describe the station’s consistent local programming and coverage (e.g., regular community affairs programming, PSAs, special community awareness campaigns/series, news coverage, coverage of community events, etc.).
  4. Please cite, and include if possible, evidence of station outreach efforts and viewer and community reaction to the programming, PSAs or campaigns (e.g., printed material, photographs, ratings, letters, awards, etc.).

Entries accepted January 1 through March 9, 2018.

Please read these procedures and rules carefully, and respond as specifically requested. Judges will deduct points from entries that do not comply with these rules.

  1. Entries must be submitted by March 9, 2018 at 11:59 PDT. Entry materials submitted will become the property of NABEF.
  2. ALL entries must be completed using the online entry form. All questions in the form must be answered. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
  3. The eligibility period for all categories is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Preexisting programs or campaigns may be entered, but judges will only consider material that first aired during the eligibility period. For the Service to Community category, entries from preexisting programs and/or partnerships are eligible and encouraged; however, the greatest weight will be given to efforts during the stated eligibility period.
  4. Programs, PSAs and campaigns must be produced at U.S. television or radio stations. Entries from production houses, independent producers and networks are not eligible.
  5. Broadcast station groups may only submit entries in the Service to Community Award category.
  6. With the exception of the Service to Community Awards, each station may submit only one (1) entry in each category. However, that entry may include multiple programs or campaigns. The Service to America Television Award will recognize the station’s overall efforts during the award eligibility period, and entries may include multiple, unrelated public service campaigns, public affairs programs, PSAs, etc.
  7. Stations are not eligible to receive a Service to America Award in the same category for two consecutive years. Please do not enter for any category for which your station received a 2017 Celebration of Service to America Award.
  8. All entries must include video (television) or audio (radio) that supports the written portion of the entry. Video and audio submissions must not exceed five minutes for each individual entry. Videos should be formatted as 1920 x 1080 .mpg or .mov files. Audio should be formatted as .mp3 or .aiff files. If your audio or video is not in English, please provide a transcript with a translation to English. Audio and video submissions may include, but are not limited to, relevant news or program segments, PSAs and off-air activities. Please note that winning stations will be required to submit broadcast quality video and/or high-resolution photography to NABEF to support the production of video segments to be shown during the Celebration of Service to America Awards event.
  9. The entry fees are $150 for the first entry and $50 for each additional entry. Stations may submit in any or all categories, but each submission should be treated as a separate entry. Online credit card payment must be submitted with your entry. (Note that this fee is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.)

The entry window for the 2018 Service to America Awards is January 1 through March 9, 2018. The entry form will be accessible here starting January 1.




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