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Radio Ruminations

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Looking at the first video from Ira Glass, I really took a liking to how he brought up the idea of anecdotes. I do not have very much experience when it comes to broadcasting, but I am fortunate enough to work with someone who is a radio broadcaster. Yes that is right, this Princess has a job, 3 actually! One of my jobs is working for the athletics department at school where right now basketball season is in full force. I get to work in the sound booth where I film the live broadcast and we have someone doing a play by play. Of course a play by play is different than a radio broadcast, but there is constant chatter going on, even during a timeout. Even if play is not occurring, the story of how players were playing in previous games is being brought up, which seems similar to the anecdotes. This also is similar to how we make our blog posts, or at least how I feel I do my blog posts. I like to tell the whole entire story from start to finish mainly because I love to hear the sound of my own voice (or in this case the sound of my computer typing).

From the second part of the Ira Glass video montage I really enjoyed the part about failing to succeed. I know from experience about how many times that you have to fail in order to succeed, and each time you fail you learn more and more about what makes things better and what does not. This experience comes from my days of taking 400 level math classes, trying to solve different problems are very difficult and I have easily spent over 8 hours on a problem and eventually I’ll get to the answer. Sure it can be frustrating at times, but that moment when you know you have the problem right is the best. I know that it takes a lot of brainstorming to tell a good story, which is why I spend pretty much all day Monday and Tuesday thinking about ideas that I want to do for our assignment and then I hope that I can figure it out on Wednesday through Sunday. I really like Ira Glass’s tells on how storytelling works because it gives insight from a professional storytelling, and learning from the pros is the best way!

Watching the “How Radio Creates Empathy” Video by Jad Abumrad really caught my attention when he said that “radio should have been dead 50 years ago, but it still keeps going on.” I personally do not listen to the radio, I either have a cd or plug my iPod into my car and jam out, but I do know a lot of people who really enjoy listening to the radio. Growing up on the way to school, the kids on the bus always wanted a radio station to play because it was what we did everyday, it was part of our routine. There even is a thrill of calling in to a station to voice your own opinion. So I do agree with Abumrad that there is a mystery aspect of the radio that leaves you to imagine different things, when I was little I always found myself trying to figure out what the announcers looked like and was always shocked to see what they really looked like because it was so different in my head. To make a very long story short, I do believe that radio is here to stay. Video will not be killing the radio star in this century!


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