CoastLine Theme Music Contest Opens

Oct 4, 2013

*Note: By submitting music to this contest, entrants are agreeing to the release detailed below.

Attention, musically talented ‘HQR listeners! WHQR is looking for new theme music for our forthcoming talk show, CoastLine.

We need something upbeat with an opening hook that catches listeners’ attention. Other specifics:

Must be between 40 and 45 seconds long.

Must have a definitive ending. 

Entrants must own 100% of the rights to the submissions.

Themes we love: The Kojo Nnamdi theme song. (Find out why composer Robert Kapilow thinks it’s great here.) The theme song for The Splendid Table also has the instant hook and abrupt ending we need.

Listen to CoastLine’s previous theme here to get a feel for the spirit we’re looking for, and go for it!

Send your best work in the form of an .mp3 file to Listeners will vote online to select the official theme song from the staff-selected top 3 entries. Please have theme entries submitted by December 1st.

The contest winner will receive live  composer credits for the CoastLine theme for the first seven airings of the show. She/he will also be featured in an artist's profile on and promoted through both Twitter and Facbook. 

And fear not! Even if your piece is not chosen for the Coastline theme, you may hear your music featured in our news stories, station breaks, or other produced work at the station. 


The producer/composer (hereinafter named “artist”) does hereby consent to the broadcast of the artist’s music (hereinafter named “content”) as part of any WHQR program.

Artist represents and warrants that he/she owns the copyrights to the content or that said content is in the public domain. WHQR agrees that all rights in and to the underlying composition shall remain the sole property of its creator.

Artist hereby grants WHQR all rights to the content and duplication of the content whether by mechanical or electronic means. Artist further grants to WHQR the right to unlimited broadcast of the content via radio, cable, satellite, podcast, and Internet. WHQR shall have the right to non-commercial reproduction of the content, in whole or in part, in any compilation of sound, video, or digital recordings produced and published by WHQR for promotional and fundraising purposes.

No distribution of other uses of the content are permitted without the express written permission of WHQR.

Artist hereby releases and discharges WHQR Friends Of Public Radio, Inc., from any and all liability arising out of or in connection with the content, including its duplication, processing, distribution, publication or transmission, and all promotional activities associated with the content.