Just the FAQ’s: What you Need to Know Now to Enter the 2023 Radio Mercury Awards

How do I win a Radio Mercury Award?

Enter! If you, your agency, company or radio station/group have produced any notable, creative broadcast radio between January 1, 2022 and April 24, 2023 - and you want it to be heard - the Radio Mercury Awards should be on your must-enter list.

What is the entry deadline?

Monday, April 24, 2023, is the final deadline. You will need to have your actual work entered in our online system by April 24.  However, you will have until Friday, April 28 to complete your credits.

When does the final round judging take place?
In early May 2023.

When does the Radio Mercury Awards event take place?

The 2023 Radio Mercury Awards will take place on Thursday, June 8 at SONY HALL in New York City.

What should I do before I enter?

Excellent question! Start by downloading the entry kit for agencies or radio stations /groups to get familiar with entry categories and guidelines. Here are some important tips:

  • You can enter your work in more than one category and win in more than one category (see individual categories for eligibility).
  • Read our guidelines and our definitions of broadcast and non-broadcast radio so that you enter your work in the appropriate category(ies).
  • You will need to provide proof that your work was broadcast, aired or transmitted in accordance with our guidelines. Have that paperwork ready to submit along with your entry. 
  • You will have the opportunity to briefly describe your work in the online entry and why you feel it is notable – and our judges can read it. Our tip: Keep it concise and clear – let the work shine in your description.
  • For multi-platform campaign work, describe broadcast radio’s prominence in the overall campaign and how it integrates with the overall campaign.

What’s new?

Glad you asked. We have several new awards, giving you more opportunities to win:

  • Local Market Broadcast Radio Commercial
  • Broadcast Radio Commercial or Campaign for Good
  • Broadcast Radio Commercial or Campaign with Cultural Impact
  • Innovation in Broadcast Radio
  • Short Broadcast Radio Commercial
  • Use of Humor in a Broadcast Radio Spot
  • Use of Personality in a Broadcast Radio Commercial: Radio Station or Group
  • Showcase Award: Branded Podcast

Note: See individual categories for eligibility requirements.

What hasn’t changed?

  • Our classic, single broadcast radio commercial, broadcast radio campaign and broadcast radio PSA categories.
  • If you win, you get a trophy and prize monies. (And you won’t have to pay for your trophy unless you want to get an extra copy).

Our broadcast radio commercial is game-changing. What category can we enter?

The new Innovation in Broadcast Radio category could be a good fit.

My broadcast radio spots are in Spanish. Can I enter?

Si! You can enter Spanish-language work in any eligible category.  In fact, you can enter work in any language, in any eligible category.

I have three broadcast radio spots and I can’t decide.  Which ones should I enter?

You can enter all of them! Take your pick - enter each spot separately, all together in an eligible campaign category, or both.  Check out our guidelines to find the category that works for you.

Our broadcast radio spot is really funny, and it’s under :30. Which category should I enter?

How about categories? That’s right, you can enter your work into more than one category, as long as it fits a category’s eligibility requirements.
In this case, you could enter the Broadcast Radio Commercial, Use of Humor in a Broadcast Radio Spot and Short Broadcast Radio Commercial categories.

Can I enter a jingle? How about an original song we produced for a radio commercial?

Yes. We’ve got you covered with the Use of Songs/Music in a Broadcast Radio Spot or Campaign category.

Our broadcast radio campaign is part of a larger, integrated campaign. What about that?

Enter the Multi-Platform Campaign with Broadcast Radio category.

Can I enter non-broadcast radio spots or audio? 

Yes. Check our guidelines for eligible non-broadcast categories.

You can also enter radio commercials and campaigns that ran on both broadcast and non-broadcast channels. You’ll be asked to provide substantiation in order to complete your entry.

I have more questions.

We are happy to help. Email us here or call 212-681-7207.