Radio Programme Review
Before recording our radio show we first had to research songs that we wanted to broadcast. We decided to make our E6 Radio show appeal to one particular genre; we eventually decided to go for the genre “Indie/Rock.” This was decided because everybody in group knew of songs that belonged to this genre. Within our pre-production we discussed what songs we wanted to broadcast on the show and then did research to find out facts about the song and its artist.
We then also created an in store radio show for the popular high street store “Miss Selfridge.” Before we could create a show for this store we had to make sure that we would appeal to the stores target audience. We had to look at who the store targeted their clothes at the most and what the general age range for the store was. Once we had found this out we then had to research what this age range were more likely to listen too, we looked at the tone of the store and how the radio show should reflect this.
Researching facts about the song helped us when it came to writing out scripts. We found out facts such as when the song was originally released as well as facts about the artist themselves, for example when they released their first album and where they were born. I even looked for information about upcoming events, concerts and festivals as I thought this would help when appealing to the genre main target audience as they would be interested in news like this meaning that they would be more likely to tune into the show. However Instead of researching songs for our in store radio show we instead looked at the deals that the store offered such as do they offer a 10% student discount so that we could feature this in our jingles or speech whilst recording the show.
Once our playlist had been chosen we then started on writing our scripts. We discussed what information we wanted to broadcast; how we were going to introduce songs, after what songs we thought we should feature news items etc. This was extremely helpful as it helped me practise what I was going to say before it was recorded. I think that if we hadn’t produced a script I would have stuttered and would have panicked when it came to introducing songs or speaking about facts that I had researched.
Creating a schedule helped me to create a timetable for my radio show, we was able to decide when songs were going to played, what jingles we would play and when we would play them. This helped give our radio show some structure.
We also created our own jingles for our radio show; we did this by using a voice recorder and the computer software “reaper” to help me to create effects such as lowering the tone of my voice and adding back ground music and sound effects. I did this because it helped make my radio show seem more professional.
When we decided to record we were able to use the synergy radio studio for the recording for both of our shows, we made sure we had our script and schedule and set up our playlist before we started to record. This gave us time to prepare ourselves and even practise the show before we recorded. We also had to make sure that our microphone levels were corrects so that our voice wasn’t too quiet or distorted. We had previously discussed who was in charge of what out of the group and took it in turns throughout both of our radio shows. For our E6 radio show I was in charge of the jingles and news clips whereas during our in store radio show I was in charge of microphones and song changes.
During our E6 Radio show unfortunately we played the wrong song after already introducing a song that hadn’t been played yet, instead of panicking we tried out best to make sure that we corrected this as quickly as we could by leaving the song to play and then explaining the incident on a voice over. I think that this helped us to make sure that we were more careful next time and that we make sure that our playlist is in the right order. I think that over my entire group could have done better at the practical side of this course as when it came to recording we would sometimes stutter however I have got a clearer understanding of how the radio works and this will help me next time I record a radio show.