The group and I created an audio/news podcast that lasted at least three minutes long.
We discussed in our group and decided our target audience will be focused on teenage audiences; this is because they’re the most likely ones to be entertained by the latest celebrity talk, music, films and gossip etc. which brings interest to them more than adults and children. We found this out by an audio research questionnaire that we created to know what interests teenage audiences the most, and studied the results carefully to prepare for our podcast and how we should set it out for the approved audience.
Firstly, we learnt about the audio products, job roles and more by understanding the different types of audio podcasts. This includes International – Broadcasts worldwide, BBC1 and Radio 1
National – One Country (whole of the United Kingdom), Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and Capital FM
Regional – County Station, (can cover Yorkshire) Lincs FM, BBC Essex
Finally Local – Local communities, Trax FM, Sheffield or DN3 Radio.
We listened to a podcast on iTunes called ‘The Archers’ this explained to us that radio podcasts are not just about music and gossip, some podcasts are episodic, for example: dramas. We then listened to Galaxy and many other small parts of various radio shows and examined them carefully along with writing down the best elements, like if we thought it had structure such as, simple, headlines, clip outro, or if it divides. In addition to this, we also had to figure out the length of the stories to see if they were fast, medium or too short and to see if the style of them were informal or formal and what audience it appeals to, with the diverse presenters used throughout. With that we also listened to the sound effects such as the music in the background whilst people were talking and the interviews by means of taking extracts from celebrities.
After we got this information, our whole group began to make power points independently to explain what is meant by broadcast audio. This helped our group understand the audio sectors, for example: Broadcast audio, which performs mostly on the radio, and Non-Broadcast audio which however does not. On top of this we also structured different ways of listening to the radio such as, cars, mobile phones, and Blu-ray players. This helped us think about how technology has changed in the 21st Century compared to the 20th Century. An example of this is how in the 20th century they use to listen to their radio with a Vinyl, which was an extremely large record, with the noticeable changes through the past decades that the records have gotten smaller, with multiple options to choose from nowadays, for example: Listening to music portably.
We then moved onto the script. All of us made sure we wrote the script accurately and in order, with at least a paragraph to read separately so that it was reasonable for all of us. Everyone in our group had a different topic to speak about so that the podcast was not continuous, and repetitive on a certain subject whom we found out that many radio stations actually follow the repetitive line, and it just becomes lifeless. We all evaluated the script before final decisions, and recordings.
Next we all created a proposal, this was on behalf of target audience where we produced it alongside purpose to entertain, with a production budget which helped us to decide our studio hire, equipment hire, celebrity interview and many other of our facilities that all had to add up to £250. A production schedule was then made to decide who the presenters were, and if the podcast was going to be for instance: comical or serious, putting into mind the actors/actresses and the voice overs.
Our planning was precise, and successful with the help of the entire group that all took part in the work provided. We debated and evaluated each other’s work, discussing whether it was identical to each person’s work and/or how they could improve. We all…