Rad Radio!

This assignment‘s instructions were:

Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (seeĀ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_(broadcasting)). So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.

The Story Behind the Story:

Listening to the I am sure was a big part of many of our childhoods. I feel that people of my generation predominantly listened to the radio as kids in the car, but with technological advancements and such, it is more common to connect your phone to the car in some way. As mentioned in one of the videos from this week, although there are fewer people who tune in, there is something unique and special about radio shows that will keep them around for a long time, maybe forever! To me, listening to the radio brings me back to a time when things were much simpler, with zero responsibilities. Singing along to the radio station jingle was always part of the fun. Whether it was B101.5 Fredericksburg! or 99.3 THE VIBE! I wanted to capture that same fun, catchy, energy in my radio bumper.

Narrating the Process:

Creating this assignment began with brainstorming ideas about what I was going to say in the short amount of time. I wanted it to be vague enough to always apply to the radio station, but also specific enough for people to want to keep coming back. I thought it would be fun to call our radio a Rad Radio because the online link to it is rad.io. Sort of like a play on words? Not sure but I was happy with the outcome! Once I wrote myself a script, it took quite a few tries to get a good take, and also even though I was recording in my room alone, I felt the need to develop more confidence before I was able to get a good take. I had not realized how expressive radio show hosts must be in order to keep people interested and listening, until I tried to do it myself! Once I finished recording, I chose a quite upbeat song to play in the background, and fade out at the end. I used audacity for all my editing purposes for this assignment as well.

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