Winners of Local Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement Contest Announced on May 6, 2015
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., QuitDoc Foundation

On May 6, 2015, the winners of a local anti-tobacco radio PSA contest were announced during a live broadcast of the Coaches Corner radio show on WSTU-AM 1450.

The Anti-Tobacco Public Service Announcement Contest is co-sponsored by WSTU/WPSL-AM Radio, the Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County. The contest gives local youth the opportunity to create their own 30-second radio and video PSAs highlighting youth tobacco issues. Middle and high school students throughout the Treasure Coast are invited to submit entries.

Mike Thomas
Host Mike Thomas interviews the finalists on "The Coaches Corner".

Five entries were selected as finalists in the radio contest by local radio personalities and tobacco control staff. The finalists were then judged by members of the Orlando Magic radio broadcast teams. The broadcasters ranked the finalists and selected the First, Second, and Third Place Winners.

First place was awarded to "SWAT Team 6". The PSA was produced by Aristo Onassis and Jesus Perez, members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County.

Jesus Perez
Jesus Perez is shares his experience producing "SWAT Team 6".

Second place was awarded to "Why are You Still Smoking? ". The PSA was written and recorded by members of the Murray Middle School SWAT Club, including Aaliyah Alvarez, Charlie Burdan, Quincy Clark, Emily Damm, Lizet Diaz, Kyleigh Gross, Alana Jakee, Isabella Lake, Kaitlin Mayes, Philip Nguyem, Gabriella Ramos, and Alberto Sanchez.

Murray Middle School
Members of the Murray Middle School SWAT Club discuss the making of "Why are You Still Smoking?" (L to R: Alana Jakee, Alberto Sanchez, SWAT Advisor Cynthia Bishop)

Third place in was awarded to "We're Falling in Love with Being Tobacco-Free". The PSA was written and recorded by Alyssa Catapano, Katie Johnson, Taylor Terraglio, and Carley Theim, a group of students from the Martin County High School Leadership Program.

All three winning radio spots will air on WSTU-AM and WPSL-AM radio for the next year.

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson represents the Martin County High School Leadership group that produced
"We're Falling in Love with Being Tobacco-Free".

All of the finalists were invited to the WSTU-AM studios for the Coaches Corner show, hosted by Mike Thomas, where they were interviewed about their views on youth tobacco use and the process of creating their spots.

Dante Marchitelli of the Orlando Magic said that he was delighted to have the opportunity to judge the contest, and he has already committed his broadcast team to judge the contest in 2015.

For more information on local youth tobacco prevention efforts, contact Kim Waser, Martin County's Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at kwaser@quitdoc.com.

You can watch the entire interview, recorded by the WSTU-AM Studio webcam, here:

Coaches Corner, WSTU-AM 1450 Radio, May 6, 2015.