Music Contest for “NewsWorks Tonight”

    Attention Delaware Valley bands and musicians:

    WHYY-FM is launching a new, half-hour, drive time radio show called NewsWorks Tonight. And it needs a sound track. That’s where you come in.

    “NewsWorks Tonight” is about everything that keeps us talking in the Delaware Valley. People grumbling about the Housing Authority in Philadelphia, dancing in the streets of Center City, arguing about pension plans in Trenton, producing eco-art in East Falls, or running barefoot in Wilmington, you’ll hear about it on NewsWorks Tonight. It’s a a fast-paced magazine show featuring a dynamic mix of news, information, culture, discussions, and commentary.

    It’s the on-air complement to what we’re doing on this website,

    Hosted by WHYY’s Dave Heller, the show will launch in May, running from

    6 p.m. to 6:30.

    The music we’ll use for this show will be crucial in setting the pace and tone, and given the incredible wealth of great musicians in our own backyard, we figured we’d ask you to take a shot at writing the music.

    Send us your submissions, we’ll take a listen, and choose the tracks that we think best represent the show. We will choose the winning entries, there’s a total prize pot of $1,000, plus a weekly music credit in the show.

    Here is what we’re looking for:

    Original, instrumental tracks

    Billboard — Length: 59 seconds

    This track is used to advertise what’s on the show right before the news cast. It should have a distinct beginning and ending

    Intro — Length: about 1 minute

    This track will be used for the beginning of the show. Again, it should have an opening that perks up the ears, but it will be faded out, so it doesn’t need a distinct ending

    Promo beds — Length: 29 seconds each

    These tracks will be used for short promos that advertise the show. Since the content will vary, they should convey different “moods”; upbeat, contemplative, serious, etc. Submit up to 3 beds in this category

    Close music– Length 2:30

    this music will play under the credits as we wrap up the show. It will be faded in and out, so it doesn’t need to have a distinct beginning or ending.

    Click here for Contest Rules and an entry form

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