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Fun Times in Radio! 
12th-Oct-2007 02:07 am
Man, tonight was fun. Since the project due today was the recording of an hour on the air, tonight's class was an actual radio shift. It wasn't broadcast anywhere, but it was run just like a radio show, just in 15-minute intervals. It was intense!

But so much fun.

I ended up going last, again, and I did alright, nothing spectacular, but for a first-time under such a strict schedule, I didn't screw up that badly. I wasn't the worst, let's put it that way. I think I even managed to have no dead air, but don't quote me on that.

It was definitely tense, though, CDs in, CDs out, liners, weather, I had to do a sports break, teasing the weather after the next break, making sure the commercials play, talking and pressing and fading and potting all at the same time, trying to synch up your speech so that you stop talking a split-second before the lyrics in the song start. It's tough, my hands were shaking the entire time cause I was so nervous about screwing up, but man alive was it fun!

I was the only one to tease the weather, too...I figured Sean'd be looking for that. I did accidentally play a song that had already been played, and i did run just a wee bit long on my quarter hour, but hey, practice.

I think the next time I get on WMAX (540 AM Hesser College Radio) I'm gonna have to make myself a clock to follow, cause it definitely needs to be more structured than our "show" last night. I also need to work on my liners. I was beginning my little speech too late at the end of one song and thereby talking over the lyrics of the next, which is a big ole no-no.

I shall learn!

Comm205 should be fun.
12th-Oct-2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Ok... few questions...

1. (Possibly a stupid one, but...) what do you mean by "tease the weather?" Does weather get picked on b/c it doesn't hang out w/ the "cool kids?" (Haha!)

2. How do you time when to start talking so you don't overlap lyrics? Is it just more or less guessing and feeling it out or is their a method to it?
12th-Oct-2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
1. A tease is when you promote something coming up without actually talking about it. The most obvious is on, like, Deal or No Deal when Howie says, "Let's see if the 1 million is in that case...right after this!" It's just something to get the viewer, or in my case the listener, to not change the channel during the commercial break. Sometimes, like I did last night, it was "You're listening to WMAX 540 AM, we'll have weather after the break, stay tuned!"

2. On the control board each pot (or "fader") has a "Cue" button. The cue button activates the little speaker on the board so you can listen to what you're going to play next without it going out over the air. So what the DJ does is listen to the next song "in cue" so that he can hear how long the intro to the song is, so he knows how long he has to say whatever he has to say without talking over the lyrics, which is a bad thing to do.

Now you know
12th-Oct-2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
1- Cool. That's what I thought.

2- Also cool.

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