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@TheAudioFeature

Update: in November 2015 I let this little project run free and take off by itself, I hope fully fledged and ready for more wandering! — @TheAudioFeature is…

As state broadcasters leave, shortwave comes of age

Shortwave broadcasting is almost as old as the radio medium itself. It is a chunk of radio spectrum where signals travel long distances – a region, continent, or…

American broadcast radio versus young Americans

Ah, the radio voice. It’s difficult, isn’t it? Because on the one hand, we’ve all fallen for it. Broadcasters, sound artists, we all believe in willingly giving in…

A Broadcaster’s Guide to Chinese Pronunciation

Economics, politics, sport – there are more Chinese names popping up in your scripts than anytime (since, I guess, the 2008 Olympics. Sorry this guide is six years…

Catch-up

A practical and purely text-based post this time, simply because it’s been so long since my last! In that time, I’ve written a piece about Prix Europa 2013…

Joyous or sad

Generalising, but: features producers love radio that brings joy. A bit of a laugh. Comparative “outsiders” – writers, musicians, listeners – are moved more highly by desperately sad, gut-wrenching…

The best of the 70s

Commercial radio has been thrown into fearful angst this as key players realised there is a rival technology capable of bringing the 1970s vividly to life. Thirty one…

Sod off, insecure old radio people, with your “theatre of the mind”

Radio has a weight around its shoulders – baggage from the previous generation. The grandees of today (and most of their teachers) went through an era in their…

Radio format and podcast fatigue

The cool kids don’t listen to This American Life anymore. That sweeping statement isn’t accurate, but has more of a ring of truth to it in Europe than…

Vox pop wrap

Two weeks back I set myself the task of recording a vox pop a day for a week, to deal with my greatest fear in radio. The daily…

Preparing for International Features Conference

This day week we’ll be getting to know fellow producers at the International Features Conference in Hilversum. Very exciting. I shall do my utmost to write here about…

A happy difficulty

The Third Coast have thrown me into a big fat dilemma. They’ve opened the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Competition (note the map!) for this year. I thought, shall I…

“Meaning” in radio

Day in day out, radio items have meaning – most clearly so in phone-ins, local speech based radio, the parts where two people are communicating live or as…

Ronan Kelly Showcase

“Did ya?!” is a trade-mark question of Ronan Kelly‘s work. What a lovely man. He makes programmes talking to people. He makes people very comfortable to talk with…

Even More Poetry & Radio

Returning to a familiar thread here – some more poetry that models techniques for radio, AND in this case also describes radio. It’s A Sofa in the Forties…