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If there is one thing I have always regret, it has been that I should have gotten into the world of radio broadcasting and production a long time ago. However, that was until this studio. Why? Because this class has been an intense crash-course in the world of radio and collaboration in the radio world.

The demo-recording process was an intense, quick and super beneficial learning experience. This was not only due to it being our first go at working collaboratively to produce a radio show, but also due to the fact that we encountered a few hiccups along the way. Scannell (2014) identifies, “there is a danger in everything we say and do: a possibility, every time, of performative failure and unanticipated and unwelcome consequences.”. I think that our demo exposed us to some performative failures that we could face and prepared us for the possibility of hiccups when live on air.

Ironically, the demo and our previous experience with technical difficulties came in handy during our first show due to issues with the sponsorship announcements. However, our knowledge and experience with reacting and covering such errors allowed the quality of our first live to air show to not be diminished as severely. It shows not only that practice and ‘drills’ come in handy, but that as you grow and produce more radio shows, you learn to deal with unexpected problems with faster reaction times and in increasingly professional ways, to the point where it is almost unnoticeable to the listening ear.

I had never really thought about the creative and technical processes that are involved in producing a radio feature. It wasn’t until our feature production began that I realised their prominence on radio. As a frequent Hack listener, it was brought to light how often they are used to discuss topics of debate or interest in a creative and engaging way. Through the delegation of tasks in the production of the feature, I was able to gain experience putting on my ‘producer’ hat, by reaching out to potential interviewees and communicating with representatives. I also got to gather found material that would later add texture to the feature, which was something I was really excited to do. The radio features that seem to grab my attention have layers and layers of pop culture extracts or ominous sounds that directly and indirectly relate back to the content of the piece. It was an exciting process to hear the feature come together through the fabulous contributions of each team member, putting their strengths and interest to use to produce a piece that discusses the world of second-hand clothing in a way that reflected us as a group, and reflected the issue in a way that looked at various perspectives.

The most beneficial aspect of this class for me was the interviews conducted in the first half of the semester. My interview with Donna from Melbourne Period Project was enjoyable not only from a production perspective but also due to the fact I was able to learn so much about an incredible organisation. Donna’s previous experience in radio interviews and her incredible presence in the room eased my nerves and allowed me to be in the moment, thinking about what questions I really wanted to ask, using information to delve deeper into the discussion and be eased into the overall interview process. I gained experience in the technical skills required to produce an interview, learning what works and what doesn’t in terms of microphone positioning, maintaining good levels and editing to create a smoother result.

By having such an immediate connection to a professional radio station made the learning experiences much more beneficial. Rather than just rehearsing in a mock studio, we were putting our work, voices and collaborations out into the real world, on a renowned radio station. This professional aspect of it motivated me to produce the best work possible, and as a result, I have now added audio pieces to my folio that I am proud of.

This studio reminded me of the benefits of the collaborative process- its ability to allow mutual education by sharing knowledge and talents to not only improve the overall collaborative outcome but encourage each other to improve and grow along the way. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful and supportive group who made the process of putting a show live to air, conducting an interview and creating a feature a smooth and enjoyable one. Through this studio, it was made evident how important and valuable collaboration is in the radio industry, not only to learn new skills and ensure a smooth production process but as a mechanism of support through a new and sometimes challenging journey. Good communication within my collaborative group was crucial in producing the quality of work we did, and came in handy when technical difficulties arose during air time.

Radio has been something I have been dying to get into for way too long, almost too long. But this experience in the Room With a View studio has been more than an incredible introduction to radio broadcasting, but a beneficial journey where I have been able to not only go live to air but learn how to conduct an interview for radio, put on a radio show, present a radio show and produce a feature, as well as learn from and assist my peers.

Being live to air today was the cherry on top of a really positive studio experience. I was able to fulfil a lifelong wish to host a radio show as well as doing it amongst some great people who I have been lucky enough to collaborate and grow with throughout the semester. This studio has sparked serious interest in the broadcast and music industries and has created a passion for presenting and being involved with radio.  I have already signed myself up to be more involved in the radio sphere and I can’t wait to build on the skills and experiences I have had in this studio.

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You’re listening to Room With a View on 3RRR

Today was the day where everything felt like it came together- the years of longing to be on radio, building up the courage to delve into radio and my inner hope that one day I will transform into Zan Rowe and live happily ever after as a Radio Queen. Today, Rosie and I hosted the show and it was possibly one of the most enjoyable hours ever.

Despite probably sounding like a nervous wreck and a deliciously horrible technical difficulty, the show went really well. Once we finally got it to play, Corey’s interview with Roj Amendi was really insightful and really well executed. Our live interview with Russell and Michael from ASRC Food Justice Truck was a really great way to approach the discourse of Asylum Seekers/Refugees by providing a way in which people can get involved by changing the way they shop. We also debuted our feature, which was received really well and even resulted in a radio caller- 2 shows in a row!

I am definitely hooked and just want to immerse myself in all things radio. Hopefully the next time I go to air, I won’t replace the word track with treat and then get all dad-jokey on the audience.

 

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Featuring the Feature

Audio and soundscape based studio classes were always the ones I avoided, but I am starting to question why I didn’t give them more attention.

Whilst the concept of the feature has seemed quite foreign to me throughout the process, I have realised along the way that the elements and production of the feature are not dissimilar to filmmaking. You have to go out and source interviews (like actors in a film), you need to record narration or dialogue, you should include music and found material to break up the dialogue (like cutaways in a film) and the editing process is equally as tedious!

After a few short weeks of sourcing, recording, editing and refining material, our feature is not only complete, but it aired today and had a great reception. We were even contacted by an RMIT group who were organising an exhibition related to our feature asking if they could use it as part of the display. Pretty cool hey?

The creation of this feature has not only taught me the technical components of features and their creation, such as ensuring that interviews are relevant, materials create an atmosphere, there is exploration of both sides of the story and that there is some sort of texture or multi-layered aspects to the feature, this experience has been positive in all respects, including the collaborative process. By delegating tasks and responsibilities, and by giving feedback on each other’s contributions, we were able to produce a coherent feature that we are all proud of.

Well here it is… Fashion Faux Pas….

 

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Live to air

Last Monday, it was game day- serious business. My wonderful group were all prepared and ready- Natalie had printed off a billion run sheets so that we could all have one and follow along. Her extreme organisation almost transformed her into the Leslie Knope of the group, as she exclaimed herself.

Whilst we were relatively calm, a few little hiccups seemed to try and tip us up. The first of these was coming to the realisation that we were not in Studio 3, our usual studio for recording demos, rehearsing and the studio in which we were trained in. We thought there would be time for us to set up and relax into the Studio 3 vibe- preload our audio material, test it would play and also practice the sponsorship announcement scheduling. Which leads us to the next hiccup. Being in Studio 2 not only meant that we were rushed for time with preloading everything into the computer, but we also discovered that the sponsorship announcement program had, what Archie called ‘the gremlins’ living inside of it (side note: I do understand that there were no literal gremlins inside the computer). This meant that every time Sally went to play a sponsorship, it would play up, then be delayed and hence, a wonderful amount of dead air was spun into the radio waves. Luckily, the wonderful RRR team came to our rescue and helped us to rectify the computer and exterminate the gremlins. The third hiccup was only minor, but we had a mini panic that our live interviewee was lost and not going to make it on time. Fortunately, his lateness was not too late.

Apart from these hiccups, and some instances of dead air, I was really proud of my group’s efforts. I wasn’t easy trying to organise a show in between 2 public holiday weekends- but we managed to do it, even if it meant we had 2 pre-recorded interviews.

One of the most rewarding things that came out of the show going to air was the fact that after the Melbourne Period Project interview aired (the interview conducted by me int he week before our show went to air), I had a caller contact the station in order to gain more information on how she could get involved with the charity. It was a lovely reminder of the power of radio, and the wonderful opportunity that we have been given by being involved with RWAV.

I thoroughly enjoyed my role as Social Media Manager for the show. Whilst it was limiting that there were only two platforms to manage (the website and Twitter), I was really able to go all out and post quite regularly. With Twitter, I tweeted reminder posts that alerted audiences to our show time and date. I also posted photos before we went on air, and after each interview went to air. This acted as not only a way for the Twitter audience to interact with the show if they were unable to tune in, but more importantly it acted as a visual accompaniment to the radio broadcast whilst also acting as a means of cross-marketing promotion with the interviewees, by @tagging them in the Tweet and allowing them to retweet it to their personal audiences.

The website is now decked out with a synopsis of each interview, details of the crew and the list of songs in which we played.

Overall, I think whilst there were some issues with our broadcast, our behind the scenes mechanisms including both the social media channels as well as the pre-show preparation allowed us to overcome these issues in a professional manner, and present the RRR audience with a somewhat professional broadcast.

If you wish to listen to the show, you can her a copy of the broadcast on my personal SoundCloud

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Melbourne Period Project

Recently, I was honoured enough to have an opportunity to interview Donna from Melbourne Period Project, an organisation dedicated to providing care, support and sanitary products to homeless women & trans men. I was super excited to learn more about the works of the organisation through the interview, but I was unaware of the incredible impact my interview could have.

The interview started off with a general discussion on the organisation, moving through the recent rural expansion of the project and how social media has assisted the Melbourne Period Project in gaining a following and a solid team of volunteers. However, it was the story that Donna included that really touched me, and many of my fellow RWAV team.

Donna outlined a story of a woman of whom received a period pack on Swanston St. She had been recently released from prison and was due to have access with her children the next day. However, her period was due and she knew that due to the lack of products and money she had, she would be forced to steal sanitary supplies. This would have lead to her being arrested if caught, meaning she wouldn’t be able to see her children and would most likely end up back in jail. This story really captured the wider impact of the project. By that woman receiving a pack, she didn’t have to steal and got to see her kids. The thing is, the ‘what could have been’ side of this story is a reality for some homeless women- turning to theft in order to manage their period. A circumstance that isn’t thought of or discussed widely was highlighted and I was proud to have fostered the communication of the severity of the issues in which the Melbourne Period Project have dedicated themselves to.

The discussion of the expansion into rural areas also sparked interest after the interview went live to air today. Almost immediately after my interview had gone to air, the RRR Receptionist came looking for me, as a woman from Anglesea was dying to get in touch with Donna and learn more about she can help in the Great Ocean Road region.

This taught me 2 things- 1. that RRR listeners are different to your average commercial radio listener- they want to get involved; they are active

1. that RRR listeners are different to your average commercial radio listener- they want to get involved; they are active

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2. my interview was able to spread the word about this amazing organisation and the incredible effects that their work has had.

In terms of the technical side of the interview, recording was smooth sailing. Rosie, Sally and I decided to help each other out with the interview process, to ease the first time interview nerves and to make the process a whole lot easier to manage. My editing process was time consuming but not terrible. Despite having to edit out a billion sections of me saying ‘ya know’, I hardly had an opportunity to touch many other parts of the interview, as Donna just had the right words in the right order, prompting me to ask the next question and giving me wonderful information to bounce back off.

For my first radio interview, I am pretty happy with the result. Not only was I able to learn things not only about the process of interviewing and the organisation itself, but I was able to pass on the word about the Melbourne Period Project and see the result of my broadcast.

A pretty pleased India signing off

 

Listen to my interview and read my annotations here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-607193157/india-interviews-donna-from-the-melbourne-period-project

 

 

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The Final Countdown

*RWAV INTRO PLAYS to give India 52 seconds to prepare her notes and herself for this blog*

Wow, how time has flown. It is one week until we go live to air. I am both excited and nervous for the show, but also terribly thrilled to have such an enthusiastic and positive group to work with (let me tell you: it has made the process as easy as drinking water despite its foreign nature to most of us!).

We have recorded and organised the interviews we plan to put to air and we are all raring and ready to go. With Easter so close to our show, it did prove difficult to organise 2 live interviews, but the Easter bunny was on our side last week, as Thrusher and Melbourne Period Project, our scheduled pre-records, referenced each other in their respective interviews #WIN… nothing like a lovely link to make you all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Another great thing that came from recording our interviews was that Sally, our legendary DJ and panel operator was able to get one last shot at using the equipment before we go to air.

We had a really great idea to send a longer list of songs to Elizabeth for checking and confirmation- which means that if we need a back-up song, or encounter a technical difficulty (again), we have a variety of 3RRR approved songs to fall back on.

For this show, I am in charge of the social media platforms and web page and am super excited to put what I have learnt through my involvement with other social media and marketing projects to use with RWAV.

It is all very exciting indeed- Tune into 3RRR on Monday at 12pm to hear the wonderful duo, Corey and Jess, talk talk talk!

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India-terview

Today I did my first radio interview. As a kid, I imagined saying that sentence after becoming the next Nikki Webster and touring the country with my hit song, written at the ripe age of 3 titled “Ooh Baby Baby”. But this interview had far more meaning than I could have thought (or any interview I could have ever participated in as a wannabe-celebrity)

I chose to interview Donna from the Melbourne Period Project not only because I was interested in the works of the organisation, but also due to the fact that I wanted to use the potential airtime to spread the word and hopefully promote the works of the project. Whilst I was nervous to perform the interview, Donna’s energy, enthusiasm and professionalism made the whole process a breeze. As the interview progressed, I began to learn more about her than what could have been discovered through internet research, my admiration of Donna’s work increased every second. Not only is she running the Melbourne Period Project, but has 2 or 3 other projects on the go (and she is heavily involved in all of them).

As you can tell, I am being a little vague with my information here- but it is because I want you to listen and discover what I discovered through the power of the radio interview. I can promise you that you will be in absolute awe of Donna, her contributions and achievements.

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Demo-lition derby

This week, my wonderful group and I recorded our first ever radio demo. Whilst it seemed daunting at first, we soon got into the groove of it all and I think we produced a really great result.

There were a few hiccups along the way that were by no means desirable. Although, we had to remember that at the end of the day, we are still learning the ropes and getting used to the routine of putting a show on-air.

Scannell (2014) identifies, “there is a danger in everything we say and do: a possibility, every time, of performative failure and unanticipated and unwelcome consequences.”. I think that our demo exposed us to some performative failures that we could face. This can be exemplified at approx 46 minutes into our demo, where the pre-recorded interview refused to play through the computer. Even though there was the option to freeze and panic, Corey and Jess were quick thinking- resorting to back talk to ‘hype’ the Cirque de Soleil concept and interview whilst Sally and Nat sorted out the technical side of things. Although this could be considered a flaw in our recording, I believe it acted as a valuable learning experience for our group. We learnt to welcome technical difficulties and take them in our stride; make the best of a bad situation. The exposure to such difficulties so early on allows us to learn from the mistakes, practice more difficult panel transitions from live to pre-recorded sound and most importantly, how to react when such things occur.

Despite our minor technical difficulties, I believe that the conversations and ‘talk’ components of our show were really great. Corey and Jess had great ‘on-air chemistry’ and the conversations seemed to flow really well. The interview with Nat also seemed very smooth. This component highlighted to me what sort of answers I seek to receive in my individual interview task- answers that are relevant, interesting and spark a natural conversation with the interviewer.

In summary, even though this demo was an assessment and compulsory to complete, I am glad we completed it as we were able to experience what it was like to complete the full 1-hour show, but also how to deal with technical difficulties smoothly and hold natural conversations on-air. I am really looking forward to going live in a few weeks time with new content and our newfound confidence in our capabilities.

Please see my personal SoundCloud for more annotations on our demo.

 

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REFERENCE- Scannell, P., 2014. Television and the Meaning of’Live’: An Enquiry into the Human Situation. John Wiley & Sons.

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On the radio?

I am back after a blogging hiatus. It always seems that semester 1 nags for blogs and semester 2 is chilled with mental commentary and no digital loggings.

But how exciting- my entry into the radio sphere has begun.

Today we began our journey with 3RRR as rotating hosts, producers and panel operators for the Room with a View Program (12-1pm Mondays if you feel like tuning in). We had a quick run down of the history of the station, then had a little tour too. Highlight? Chet Faker’s name written on the roof. Don’t ask why… it’s just cool.

I have had my experience with live broadcast through my previous studio, It’s Alive- a Live Television class. Whilst it seems daunting in the lead-up, there is nothing more exciting than going live to air… the adrenaline, the shared sense of success and excitement with your peers and the thought of the unexpected.

Super excited for what this semester has to offer! Stay tuned!

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