Awards Nominations and Community Collaborations

March 31, 2024


Monday 1 April 2024
The Power and Awe of Music
“Playing for Change” was a viral video that roughly 20 years ago had a great message about the power and awe of music and philanthropy. It has been viewed more than 200 million times and it started with the great Ben E. King classic song “Stand by Me,” and it featured musicians from around the world. OC World had the opportunity to interview two visionaries who continue to raise funds to support music and arts programs in schools both locally and globally… Alec Glasser, owner of the Drake Restaurant in Laguna Beach and founder of The Drake Gives, and Jake Groshong, CEO for the “Playing for Change” Foundation.

(l-r) Alec Glasser, owner of The Drake restaurant in Laguna Beach and founder of The Drake Gives; Scott Hays, founder/executive producer of OC World; and Jake Groshong, CEO, Playing for Change Foundation.

Monday 8 April 2024

The rise and fall of Nadia Davis-Lockyer represents one of the most tumultuous stories in California political history. And now she has written a book about her experiences, and how it has taken her years to reach a place of recovery and redemption.

Wednesday 3 April 2024
Smart Money, Bright Future
OC World Productions announces its newest program Smart Money, Bright Future geared toward underserved communities of Southern California. Underwritten, in part, by Wells Fargo Bank, Smart Money, Bright Future will feature financial experts providing practical information and tips on money management.

OC Founder / Executive Producer Receives Recognition
from Orange County Business Journal

Scott Hays, Founder and Executive Producer of OC World, was a nominee at the 23rd annual Orange County Business Journal’s “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards” awards ceremony held 20 March 2024 at the Irvine Marriott. The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards are designed to recognize individuals who embody the American entrepreneurial spirit – individuals who, through creativity and determination, have established and nurtured successful business ventures. Hays was nominated alongside such other entrepreneurs as Orange County developer Mike Harrah, Founder / President Caribou Industries; Bryan Crain, President, Orange County Rescue Mission; Mingo Lee, COO, Wahoo’s; and Rebecca Hall, President / CEO, Idea Hall.

OC World Receives 2 Nominations the 74th Annual Golden Mike Awards®

OC World is proud to announce that it was selected as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Golden Mike Awards. Recognized for its dedication to excellence in media production, OC World is a finalist in the Best Editing and Best Documentary Long-Form categories.

The Golden Mike Awards celebrate outstanding broadcasting and media production achievements across various genres and formats. Being named a finalist in two categories underscores OC World’s commitment to delivering top-notch content and storytelling.

“The Golden Mike Awards® is one of the oldest broadcast journalism awards show in America, and among the most distinguished with top journalists across America appointed as judges. Unlike most awards contests in which winners are determined by selecting which entry is the ‘best’ among all those submitted in each category, winners of the Golden Mike Awards® must also meet the ‘Standard of Excellence.’” – RTNA

OC World was nominated as a finalist in two categories: “Best Long Form Program or Documentary” for its program on the tragic bicycle accident that launched The Bradley Rofer Foundation, and “Best Editing of a Feature Story, Series or Special” for its program on artist Celia Herrera Rodriquez, whose work reflects ancestral memories that help some indigenous peoples find their way back home.

Both programs were produced by OC World, a nonprofit multimedia company founded by Scott Hays and Dr. Manuel Gomez. Special recognition and gratitude go to OC World’s friends and supporters, including The Keith & Judy Swayne Family Foundation, Marisla Foundation, and Orange County Community Foundation.

The awards were presented by the Radio & Television News Association (RTNA) of Southern California at Universal Hilton Hotel. This year’s honorees for Lifetime Achievement Awards include KFI radio morning host Bill Handel, KCAL reporter Michele Gile, and KTLA reporter Eric Spillman.

UCI Fellowship Program in Development

The Center for Educational Partnerships at UCI and OC World are excited to announce the development of a comprehensive fellowship program tailored for students from the Student Achievement Guided by Experience (SAGE) Scholars Program. This initiative aims to provide valuable experiential learning opportunities for students while fostering a pipeline of talent in the media industry.

The fellowship program will offer students from the SAGE Scholars Program the chance to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of media production. Through mentorship, training, and practical assignments, interns can develop essential skills and insights relevant to their career aspirations.

“We recognize the importance of investing in the next generation of talent. This initiative benefits OC World and the SAGE Scholars Program and provides invaluable opportunities for students to explore their interests and pursue careers in media,” said Scott Hays, OC World Founder and Executive Producer.

Newest Partnership

Santiago Canyon College is OC World’s most recent sponsor, joining forces to foster educational opportunities and community engagement. This partnership reflects OC World’s commitment to supporting local educational institutions in their mission to empower students and promote academic excellence.