Winners of Anti-Tobacco Radio Public Service Announcement
Contest Announced on April 2, 2013
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation

On April 2, 2013, the winners of a local anti-tobacco radio PSA contest were announced on WSTU-AM 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. This year, the contest was again expanded to include entries from Martin, St. Lucie Counties, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.

Six finalists in the radio contest were selected 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 "Tobacco Free". The PSA was produced by Andrew Archer, Becca Maloof, and Lindsay Hughes, students in the Leadership Class at Martin County High School.



Second place was awarded to "Cough and Hack". The PSA was written and recorded by Megan Koenig and Danielle Spotts, who also attend the Martin County High School Leadership Class.



Third place in was awarded to "What's it Take for Tobacco". The PSA was written and recorded by Emma Hockey, a student in the Martin County High School Speech Class.



Rounding out the six finalists were "Electronic Cigarettes", produced by Adam Schaneis and Carly Theim; "T-O-B-A-C-C-O-F-R-E-E", produced by Molly Karraker, Danny Pooler, and Alexis Islam; and "T-O-B-Hey Now, C-C-Oh No!", produced by Jessica Hauger.




All of the winners 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.

You can watch the entire interview as captured by an in-studio web cam here:

Coaches Corner, WSTU-AM Radio 1450 / April 2, 2013


Dante Marchitelli of the Orlando Magic was delighted to have the opportunity to judge the contest. "They all did a terrific job and we enjoyed each and every rendition," said Mr. Marchitelli. About the winners, he added the they "just felt these stood out."

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