WJI 2018 Blog Day 5, PM: Radio Raptures

May 22, 2018

By Fiona Morgan


When Lee Pitts said we were going to work, he meant it. It’s currently 10:30pm and I just finished editing the radio piece we were assigned today. Some students are still editing, and some haven’t even recorded their audio yet.

No one in this class that I’ve talked to has ever done radio before, so it’s been a fresh challenge for all of us. But after Nick Eicher’s lecture about radio on Friday, I was intrigued to learn more and try it out myself.

This afternoon, we had a mock press conference on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case argued in the Supreme Court this past December. It’s the case where Jack Phillips refused to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. Three people who were in the courtroom all traveled here to host it, Jim Campbell, Eric Finley and Samuel Green.

After the mock press conference, we each created a radio news piece on it, which had to be 90 seconds in length. We had the audio from the conference and that was it. We wrote our own scripts and recorded our own voice. That was my least favorite part; I hate hearing my voice on tape.

It was a challenge, not just in figuring out how to use Adobe Audition, but learning how to write in radio style. We learned that the scripts should be more conversational, with short sentences and simple speech. While it was more time-consuming than I thought it would be, I think it went well for our first time.

We listen to the pieces tomorrow morning, so that’ll be the real test.


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