Edmonton, AB – The Herd Audio Challenge invites Alberta-based radio producers and fans alike to create a three-minute audio work that relates to a specified theme, adheres to two rules and is completed in two months. Participants have until January 31, 2016 to create a piece that fulfills the outlined criteria in three minutes or less. The audio mp3s can be submitted throughout the two months but must be received no later than 11:59pm on January 31, 2016 (MT). Once the audio is submitted it will be posted to The Herd’s website for the public to enjoy. In February 2016, the works will be featured across Alberta on radio stations in Calgary (CJSW 90.9 FM), Edmonton (CJSR 88.5 FM) and Lethbridge (CKXU 88.3 FM). The 30-minute launch episode of The Herd Audio Challenge aired on each of the stations on December 1st, 2015.

2015 The Herd Audio Challenge criteria:

Theme: Return

1.) Include a time of day
2.) Include a mode of transportation
Length: 3 minutes (maximum)
Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:59pm MT
*Listen to sample pieces here

It is based on the Third Coast Shortdoc Challenge, an international competition that has been running for 10+ years out of Chicago, USA. This is the second audio challenge run by The Herd, the first ran in 2014. This initiative is not about competing against one another or comparing professionals to amateurs. The Herd’s goal is to foster a community of radio-interested Albertans and build radio skills across the province by setting a challenge and deadline. The Herd is focused on Alberta audio artists with the aim of uniting Alberta audiophiles, exposing Albertans to audio art and celebrating audio artistic talent based in the province.

The Herd Audio Challenge is organized by three seasoned Albertan radio producers, Megan Clark,Sarah Hoyles and Chris Chang-Yen Phillips. Sarah and Megan started The Herd back in 2014 and now they’re joining forces with Chris to grow the initiative to include three radio stations, CKXU, CJSW and CJSR. Megan has more than nine years of experience in campus and community radio at CKXU in Lethbridge, Halifax-based CKDU, as well as CKUA and CJSR in Edmonton. Sarah has been working in radio for nearly a decade. She has spent that time at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where she was a radio producer, contributor and reporter on such shows as Definitely Not The Opera, CBC Radio 3 and regional current affairs programming in Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Sarah now hosts and produces the podcast about you and your pet, Pet Sounds. Chris is a storyteller and people weaver, currently working as News Coordinator at CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton. He got his start freelancing for Vue Weekly before becoming a reporter and associate editor at Trent University’s student newspaper Arthur. In 2011, he worked at CBC Radio One in Toronto through the Peter Gzowski internship.

More information is available on the website.

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