Peter McVerry of U105 and John Rosborough talk local radio

With an investment estimated to be over £1million from its new owner the Wireless Group, Belfast radio station U105 has moved to new offices and studios in a lough-side development.

A week after a nervous mid-day hand over from Frank Mitchell who presented the last programme in Havelock House to Carolyn Stewart in the new City Quays HQ, I sat down with current station manager Peter McVerry and the first station manager John Rosborough.

Podcasting for Journalism Students book

Podcasting for Journalism Students Second Edition – Free Copy

I have thought about distributing this through the podcast, but as people expect an audio file, not a PDF, I decided it was better to post this PDF here and allow anyone to download it … for a short time at least.

Podcasting for Journalism Students bookIt is available on Kindle and as a paperback

The book is for young, trainee, or student journalists not specialising in broadcast media. It is an introduction to “making content”, podcasting and broadcasting whether you want to understand production on a professional level or simply because you want to create podcasts for fun or add something useful to your CV.

Radio and podcast production – Structure – Week 5

Even the simplest podcast or radio programme has a structure. Whether you have thought about it or not, you are going to have a beginning, middle, end. The question is, how can you best structure your podcast to bring your listener through from beginning to the end, keeping the listener informed, surprising them with information they did not already know, motivating them to become involved and leaving them wanting more? There is more than a dash of showbiz in your average podcast.

Radio and podcast production – week 4

A podcast will have a running order which communicates to everyone involved what is planned and what is happening. The running order starts out the prospects owned by the producer which also keeps everyone informed about the progress of the show’s production.

Radio and podcast production – week 3

Recording away from the studio. There are all sorts of reasons why you would record outside. A podcast episode can benefit from changes in tone and atmosphere. Reporting from a place rather than just about a place can give context to the story. It can add new textures and make the episode more interesting.

Radio and podcast production – week 2

“Having an intention is really important. The intention [of The Radio Stuff Podcast] was and is to connect radio lovers around the world and share great ideas and be as positive about the radio industry as we can. It’s really about following our curiosities and talking to interesting people.” This section asks you to identify the purpose of your podcast. If you like, leave it for now and come back once you have read the rest of the book. The purpose will always be central to whatever you do.

Episode 21 – The story so far

As we reach episode 21 … this is the story so far. Now the podcast is part of a project with two books Podcasting for Communities and Podcasting for Student Journalists.

Along with this blog they are a guide for anyone who wants learn to produce podcasts or community radio. I’ve looked at production strategies such as structure, technical challenges, organising a production team, podcast platforms, community management and purpose

Some recent listening

I have been listening to a lot of good stuff recently and I should share more often.

For now I’m going to mention two, one a BBC Radio Drama the other a long standing US podcast.

Interview with Malachi O’Doherty

Trying to put Malachi into any convenient category is far from easy. His work, hobbies and interests constantly overlap. But the core is journalism. He is a podcaster, photographer, journalist, writer, commentator in print and broadcast media.

Olly Mann interview

It’s more than 10 years since Olly Mann began podcasting. He is now one of the most prolific and popular podcasters in the UK. He and Helen Zaltzman started Answer Me This when hardly anyone recognised the word podcast.

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Trying out Anchor – Radio by the people

I came across Anchor last week. I read it was “Twitter for radio”. That combines my two favourite platforms.

First impressions – excellent. Welcomed by a “real person” with a “real message” and found a couple of other people who I know from Twitter.

Lyse Doucet on accents in Broadcasting

The BBC’s multi-award winning Chief International Correspondent has the most interesting broadcaster’s accent. On the Radio 4 programme One to One she talked about her voice to Jan Ravens, the woman from Dead Ringers who often impersonates Lyse and many other famous women.

World Radio Day

Saturday (23 February) was UNESCO’s World Radio Day (@UN #WorldRadioDay). They published some very effective graphics to illustrate the importance of radio. The theme this year is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”.