Boston NPR station WBUR has launched the Next Great Show Contest, a talent search for the person, or team, with the best idea for a fun new radio show. “WBUR is looking for a creative, funny, and engaging person or group who can give listeners some laughs on the weekend.”
Up to three finalists will get the opportunity to refine their pitches with Car Talk producers David Greene and Catherine Fenollosa, also consulting producer of Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.
“If my brother and I proved one thing, it’s that just about any jamoke can host a radio show,” said Ray Magliozzi, host of NPR and WBUR’s Car Talk. “If you’ve got an idea for a new program that will make people laugh, then you should definitely enter WBUR’s Next Great Show Contest. WBUR is accepting all kinds of comedy show ideas, although, from experience, I recommend ones that don’t involve people you’re related to. So show them that you’ve got something that will have people laughing in their homes, their cars, or while listening on their phone while in line at the DMV.”
The finalists will come to Boston in June to present their idea before a panel of judges which will include WBUR producers and comedian Alonzo Bodden, winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Season 3) and a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me. The Grand Prize winner will have a pilot episode produced by WBUR, with use of the Boston studios, and programming, production, and engineering assistance, as well as travel to Boston and lodging expenses. WBUR will have the right to determine if the show will become a full-fledged radio show. Judging, submission guidelines, and details are on the official rules website.
The Next Great Show Contest entries are being accepted in writing, video, or digital format, and can be submitted through the Next Great Show Contest page, which is featured on the WBUR website. Submissions run from March 19 to April 20, 2018.