The John Drury Awards


The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. The awards are named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury, and are hosted by North Central College and WONC 89.1FM in Naperville, IL.

2023-2024 Awards

Thank you for your interest in the 2023-2024 John Drury High School Radio Awards. We will begin accepting entries on April 1, 2024.

Important dates:

  • Entries open: April 1, 2024
  • Entries close: May 31, 2024
  • Nominee announcement: August 12, 2024
  • Reception and awards ceremony at North Central College in Naperville, IL: November 2, 2024
  • Eligible content must have been aired or published between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024

For a complete list of awards categories, click here.

Each entry is $10 and the awards ceremony is free to attend. Our judges include active members of Chicagoland radio and media who know what it takes to make a career in broadcast and communications.

Entries will be submitted through Google Drive, DropBox, or any file sharing platform that you choose. You will document your entries on a spreadsheet, found here (right click, select “open link in new tab,” and the spreadsheet will download). Titles of entries on this spreadsheet must correspond to the titles of the entries submitted via your file sharing platform. Please be sure to fill out the spreadsheet accurately and as completely as possible. Note that each category has its own tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Once your entries are uploaded and your spreadsheet is complete, you’ll simply share a link to them via email to zjdewitz@noctrl.edu

If you need alternative accommodations for entry submissions, if you have any questions regarding the entry process or the entry spreadsheet, or if you have any other questions, please contact Zach DeWitz at zjdewitz@noctrl.edu.

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If you’d like to receive updates regarding the John Drury High School Radio Awards, including announcements regarding entry dates, nominations, winners, and more, please fill out and submit the form below.

**Students and parents must sign up each year to receive updates. The email list for students and parents resets after the winners of each year are announced.**

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