OAB Outstanding Achievement Awards: TV Entry Packet

Instructions for Submitting OAB Awards Entries

Entries to the OAB Outstanding Achievement Awards will be submitted using the RockOurAwards.com platform.

Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact RockOurAwards or OAB at the contact info below.

The contest website will open for entries on December 3. The deadline is January 13, 2019.

To Submit Entries:

  1. Login.
    1. Go to www.rockourawards.com.
    2. Create a profile (username and password) by clicking the “Register” button on the top of the homepage. Complete the information, click submit, and you’ll be taken to the OAB homepage.
    3. From the homepage you can review OAB Awards rules, submit entries, view and edit an entry, or edit your station’s information.
  2. Enter
    1. To enter a category, click “Submit Entry” and fill in the information. The headline/title should be what you would want shown on a plaque.
    2. Acceptable file formats to upload to the RockOurAwards site are .mp3, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .doc, .docx, .wma, and .pdf files.
    3. IMPORTANT: To ensure server space for all states, RockOurAwards.com requires video entries to be linked from YouTube, Vimeo, other video hosting sites, or a station website. Simply copy/paste the video’s URL in the “Add Link” section.
    4. Special characters should be avoided in file names. Stick with letters, numbers, &, dots, dashes, and underscores.

If you have questions or need zssistance, contact RockOurAwards at info@rockourawards.com or call 800-471-1875, or contact Nancy Struby at OAB, struby@oabok.org or call 405-848-0771.


The Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Awards Program is an annual competition sponsored by the
Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

The competition encourages the highest standards of reporting, programming, and promotion.

It is designed to stimulate a desire for excellence among Oklahoma broadcasters in service to their public.


Entries are restricted to OAB member commercial and non-commercial television stations. All entries must have been broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Newscast, Weathercast, and Sportscast entries are restricted to a specific contest date. Stations should record all newscasts on November 27 - 29 for possible submission. Stations will be notified on November 30 of the actual contest date.

Entries must be locally produced without the aid of an outside agency. Syndicated or network materials may be used, but must play a secondary role in spot production and presentation.

There is no limit to the number of entries a station can submit. Entries may be entered in only one category, with the exception of Feature–Series, Feature–Single, Spot News, and Spot Weather entries, which may also be entered in the Photography categories (#12 & #13).


Non-commercial/Educational television stations must be OAB members to participate. A university department membership through the OBEA blanket membership does not qualify.  Noncommercial/Educational stations may enter all categories. The station must solely produce all entries.


All entries will be judged by a committee of three out-of-state broadcasting professionals. Judges will consider overall excellence in creativity, originality, technical production and effectiveness. Awards will not be given in those categories in which the quality of entries does not meet the judges’ criteria of excellence.


Metro and Non-Metro stations will compete together in all categories.


The station winning the most awards will be named “Best of Show.” In case of a tie, judges will tally the scores for the individual awards. The station with the highest combined score will be named “Best of Show.”


All entries must be submitted to the RockOurAwards.com website by 11:59pm on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Please allow plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the system. The website will open for entries on December 3, 2018.


Entry fees are $40 per entry. You may use the payment system provided on the entry site, or call the OAB office to make arrangements to pay by check or to be invoiced.


Instructions for submitting your entries via the RockOurAwards.com platform are included in this packet. Please allow plenty of time for questions and technical assistance.


Community Services Award entries should be, or delivered to:

OAB Awards
6520 North Western
Suite #104
Oklahoma City, OK, 73116

or email: struby@oabok.org

You may also use the form below.

Please allow adequate time for delivery to OAB prior to the January 13 deadline.


Results will be posted on the OAB website at www.oabok.org on February 6, 2019.


Awards will be presented at the annual OAB Awards Banquet on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Questions? Contact Nancy Struby at (405) 848-0771 or struby@oabok.org.



  • 1A—Noon, Afternoon, or Evening Newscast
  • 1B—Early Morning News/Programming

An account of the news of the day, of any length, in a regularly scheduled time block. Early Morning entries must cover a continuous 30-minute segment, 4:00am-9:00am. Newscasts should be submitted in their entirety. Stations should record all newscasts on November 27 - 29 for possible submission. Stations will be notified on November 30 of the actual contest date. Criteria are local and overall content, presentation, audience appeal, and pace.


An account of the important weather news of the day, of any length, in a regularly scheduled newscast. Stations should record all newscasts on November 27 - 29 for possible submission. Stations will be notified on November 30 of the actual contest date. The entry should contain only the Weathercast portion of the newscast. Entries should not be edited. Criteria are content, presentation, audience appeal and pace.


Not play-by-play. An account of the important sports news of the day, of any length, in a regularly scheduled newscast. Stations should record all newscasts on November 27 - 29 for possible submission. Stations will be notified on November 30 of the actual contest date. The entry should contain only the Sportscast portion of the newscast. Entries should not be edited. Criteria are local and overall content, presentation, audience appeal and pace.


A single news story or series, which was the result of the journalistic and investigative efforts of the station's personnel. The station must have initiated the investigation. Criteria are significance, resourcefulness, fairness, thoroughness of coverage, and exclusivity.


The timely and same-day coverage of a single unanticipated news event. Coverage may consist of single or multiple reports. Criteria
are delivery, editing, scripting, timeliness and thoroughness. The entry may contain an anchor lead-in or wrap-up, or a written script of the lead-in or wrap-up. Entries may also be submitted in Category #13, Spot Photography.


A single or series of reports, or a 5-minute composite of coverage of a single weather occurrence. Coverage may take place within or outside of a regularly scheduled newscast. Reports must be live. Entries may also be submitted in Category #13, Spot Photography.


A single news story or series of timely reports in a newscast. Entries should not be spot news or investigative reporting. The judging criteria are the clarity and thoroughness of the report(s), photography, and production values.


Stations may submit either Topical promos or Targeted Special Report promos. Limit 3 spots per entry; each spot must promote or target the same story. Spots must be written and produced inhouse. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness in motivating viewers to watch the newscast for the promoted story.


A series of reports highlighting a specific subject or perspective of a story. Topics may be news, human interest, informational, lifestyle or service oriented, but not “breaking news.” Criteria are storytelling, human interest, photography, entertainment, information, and delivery. Entries may also be submitted in Category #12, Feature Photography.


Same as #9, except a single report. Entries may also be submitted in Category #12, Feature Photography.


A single report or series of reports on the same topic, covering health, medical, consumer, and other beneficial information provided in a recurring branded franchise. Entries must be locally written and produced and not the product of syndication. The entry may contain an anchor lead-in or wrap-up, or a written script of the lead-in or wrap-up.


A single or series of reports highlighting a specific subject or
perspective of a story. Maximum of 10 minutes. Entry may be one segment or a compilation. Topics may be news, human interest, informational or lifestyle oriented, but not breaking news. Judging will be based on the photographic aspects of the entry.


Coverage of an unanticipated event or emergency or life-threatening situation. The video must be shot and aired within 24 hours of the incident and may have aired within or outside a scheduled newscast. Maximum of 10 minutes. Entry may be one segment or a compilation of coverage of the event.


  • 14A—General Image, Special Program or On-Air Promotion
  • 14B—News Image
  • 14C—Weather Image
  • 14D—Sports Image

Entries are restricted to local on-air spot campaigns for the particular category entered. Promotional events outside the station are eligible. Entries must be a single spot or a series of spots (maximum of 3 spots per entry) and must have been written and produced in-house. Promotional spots may not exceed 60 seconds in length. Syndicated or network materials may be used, but must play a secondary role in the spot production and  presentation. Note for #14A: Syndicated materials may be used to promote syndicated programs, but promotional concept must be original.


A long-form program or series, at least 30 minutes but no longer than 60 minutes in length. The entry may include a written narrative. The criteria for judging are human interest, entertainment and/or informational value, photography, storytelling, technique and delivery.


Subject matter must pertain to sports or athletics. All other criteria are the same as category #15.


Stations should submit the URL of their website’s home page. Content may be supplemented by wire services or networks, but the website should provide timely news and information that is primarily generated by the station. Entries will be judged on content, writing, innovation, use of audio and video, effective use of blogs, visual design, functionality and interactivity, timeliness of updates, and news coverage.


Stations may submit graphics created for promotion campaigns, news programs, or news series. May include opens, closes, transitions, interstitials, lower thirds, etc. Entry may be a compilation of clips, :90 or less.

2019 Community Service Awards

  • Documentation

    • Please provide all information requested.
    • Do not include audio or video.
    • Please upload your response sheets below.
    • Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, 1/13/2020.
  • Please provide the following information on your station’s activities for the community. List each activity individually with a brief paragraph covering the following information:

    • Title of the Project or Promotion.
    • Purpose or need for the Project or Promotion
    • What role did the station play?
    • How did the station promote the project?
    • What were the results of the project and how did it benefit the community?
    • The information provided should be brief and concise.
  • Drop files here or
    A maximum of five letters from community leaders may be attached to support the station’s contribution to the community, but are not required.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.