2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

Announcing the winners of the 2019 Competition (scroll down!)


The Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition seeks the best audio stories produced worldwide. Since 2001, the TC/RHDF Competition has celebrated more than 200 extraordinary stories from four continents and has bestowed over $250,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative producers of the past two decades.

Get inspired by listening to 18 years of past winners!

The 2019 TC/RHDF Competition celebrates the best non-fiction audio stories on radio, podcasts, the internet, and more. Prizes are awarded for the best work in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact, Best Serialized Story, Best News Feature, Best Foreign Language and Skylarking. The winners are chosen by a group of judges, who are each experienced makers themselves. Third Coast selects one standout audio piece, regardless of category, for the Director's Choice award.

2019 Awards Ceremony

Saturday, November 2 from 7pm - 9:30pm at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL

The closing event of the 2019 Third Coast Conference "the Oscars of Radio," where attendees come together to witness the coronation of the winners of the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

Best of the Best is Third Coast's annual radio special, showcasing the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Distributed by PRX and available beginning November 15, Best of the Best is played by radio stations nationwide over the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. To learn more, email info@thirdcoastfestival.org



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