Your Audio Story
Your radio story can be done in many formats. You will need
to determine what type of radio story you wish to do before you
begin taping or interviewing. Most radio stories involve the
announcer reading part of the story, then pausing to play a piece
of tape of a person involved in the story.
- soundscapes - a creative mix of sound and voice, mixed
digitally, about an event or issue, usually 4 to 5 min in length.
- mini-docs - a highly focused mix of script and voice/interview
clips, with a sound bed, usually 4 to 6 minutes in length.
- commentaries - the taped performance of a written
(and edited) script - not about a macro issue - but about a personal
issue/experience, usually 3 min in length.
- streeters - a mix of voices/interview clips (one after
the other) about an event or issue, about 3 to 4 minutes in length.
usually the same question is posed to all interviewed.
- discussions - a taped group discussion on a topic
chosen by the group, usually edited down from 20 minutes of freewheeling
talk to about 5 to 6 minutes of broadcast-ready tape.
There is one simple rule for getting people to talk openly
and honestly: you have to be genuinely curious about the world
your piece together
It is a good idea to listen to your tape before inputting into
your computer. Write a sort of shotlist (a list of what
is on your tape) for yourself with times and content of your
tapes. This will help you edit your tape into the radio format
Then input the usable material into your computer and edit
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