Here, sound radiation characteristics of a rectangular plate having a side crack of different crack lengths, orientations, and positions are studied considering clamped boundary conditions. First, a free and forced vibration response analysis of a cracked plate is done using the Ritz method. Orthogonal polynomials are used for faster convergence and some corner functions are used to generate the effect of a crack. Radiated sound power and radiation efficiency of the cracked plate are computed by the quadruple integration. A convergence test of radiation efficiency is carried out to fix the number of polynomials and corner functions in the analysis. It is found that the radiation efficiency and radiated sound power computed by the Ritz method are close to the same obtained from the boundary element method (BEM). The natural frequencies computed using the Ritz method are also found to be close to that obtained from the finite element method (FEM). The radiation efficiency curves of different modes are shown for a change in crack length, orientation and position. Finally, the variations of normalized sound power are shown to be due to a change in the crack parameters.