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Radio Production

Instruction to the trainer:

(These text can help you in explaining the radio studio and the different equipments. But of course it is advisable to familiarize yourself as much as possible with the studio so that you are prepared to all eventualities and problems that might occur. )

I. Introduction ­

The Radio Process Although at first sight broadcasting equipment may seem somewhat intimidating, thousands of people of all ages have become involved in broadcasting and have found that the operation of the equipment can be grasped by virtually anyone. A good broadcaster should know about the equipment, its possibilities and its limitations. Only then can you use radio creatively to its fullest potential.

I. Different Kinds of Radio Plugs:

a) Short plugs such as:
    ­ - Station ID
    ­ - Programme ID
    ­ - Teaser to announce a segment in a programme (Health advice, news, report, quiz)

b) Longer plugs
    ­ - Public announcements
    ­ - Announcement for a special programme at the radio station or an event
    ­ - Educational announcements (on health, environment, VaW, peace, education

As a simple definition, an interview should aim at getting from the interviewee, in their own words, facts, opinions or reasons on a particular subject so listeners can form their own opinion. Know  what to get out of the interview. An important assets of the interviewer is the ability to listen. 

Module 4: Transformative Potential of Community Radio
Session 4: Radio Plug Production (Enhancing Media Skills)

Duration: 4 hours

    People often hear jingles, spots and plugs over the radio in the form of an advertisement of different products, sometimes even public service announcements. Advertisers go for the use of these plugs, because with the short airtime given to it, if you come up with an ad catchy enough, people are likely to recall it. It is also for this reason that some non-government organizations like Isis International-Manila went into plug production as a form of awareness raising on the many issues and concerns of women in the region, together with several partners’ organizations. At the end on the one day session the participants would have been able to:

  • Gain basic knowledge on radio plug production
  • Do a collective production of radio plugs

  Module 4: Transformative Potential of Community Radio
  Session 3: Radio Interview Techniques (Enhancing Media Skills)

Duration: six hours

       Interviews are a way to share knowledge, wisdom and experience of community members and resource persons with the audience. An interview aims at getting from the interviewee, in their own words, facts, opinions or reasons on a particular subject so listeners can form their own opinion. At the end of the six hour
session the participants should have:

  • Basic knowledge, skills and tools to do effective interviews capturing the untold stories of women and getting information and opinion from their interviewees and be able to:
  • Identified problems encountered in doing the interview and be able to come up with appropriate solutions
  • Derive tips on improving interviews

Module 4: Transformative Potential of Community Radio
Session 1: Radio Studio Operation 101 (Enhancing Media Skills)

Duration: Two hours

       In Community Radio many of the broadcasters are volunteers, so knowing how to operate radio studio enables them to do their programs independently. However women seldom have access to studio operation and depend on male technicians. Training women in studio operation is part of the empowering potential of Community Radio. The workshop seeks to equip the participants with the effective use of this technology. Radio Studio Operation 101 is the first of four sessions that aims to strengthen the participants’ skills in radio production. This two hour session will share the basics of radio studio operation by familiarising participants with a make shift radio studio, at the end of the session the participants would have been able to:

  • Operate basic radio equipment
  • Identify the path of sound that help solve technical problems
  • Mix and record their own productions
  • Know how the different devices of a studio are connected

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