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WVXU sponsors two contests for schoolchildren

Writing and acting skills highlighted, with winners posted on web site and broadcast over network

02/20/03

Radio station WVXU (91.7FM) is holding two contests that allow local schoolchildren to demonstrate their writing and acting skills. The first contest challenges local youth to write an essay on anything to do with radio or radio history, while the second contest asks them to produce their own radio drama. The deadline for the essay contest is Friday, Feb. 21. The deadline for the radio drama contest is Friday, March 21. “We do a lot of nostalgia radio at WVXU and we wanted to do something that was educational,” says Vickie Jones, director for public affairs. “The contests give the students a chance to read and act. It makes learning fun.” For the essay contest, two winners from each category, grades 4-8 and 9-12, will be selected. For the radio drama contest, one winner from each category will be chosen. Each winner receives a cash prize of $30. Each winner’s school or class receives an additional $25 to use toward writing skills development. Essay winners will have their works on view on the station’s web site. Winners of the drama submissions will be invited to appear at WVXU studios to professionally produce their play. Final productions of each play will be broadcast across the entire X-Star Radio Network and will be posted on the Audio Vault archival section of the station’s web site. Supporting this endeavor is the Charles Dater Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati that awards grants to programs that promote arts, culture, education, health care and community service to children. Contest details and rules can be found on the WVXU web site. Only students and/or schools within a 50-mile radius of Cincinnati are eligible. If you have any questions regarding eligibility please contact Jones at 513 731-9898 or vjones@xstarnet.com.