Radio glamor, Americana at its best.
Ever wonder what it’s like in the studio of a radio show? Well, here you go. We wanted to share this excellent story with you and recognize Bill Siemering, who revolutionized NPR and is a major reason why Fresh Air became a national program in 1987.
This podcast takes you into the studio and explains the radio clock:
There’s a term that epitomizes what we radio producers aspire to create: the “driveway moment.” It’s when a story is so good that you can’t leave your car. Inside of a driveway moment, time becomes elastic–you could be staring straight at a clock for the entire duration of the story, but for that length of time, the clock has no power over you.
Everything you need to know about how they see Obama was what happened at where Bryan Fischer works with the American Family Association shortly after the election in 2008. The group, which calls itself a Christian ministry, passed around a picture of Obama’s face, which they had blended with that of Adolf Hitler. And they sort of posted it on the wall and all laughed at it. It showed Obama with a little Hitler moustache and swastikas behind him. They have attacked Obama relentlessly since his election in 2008. They regard him as the avatar of godless socialism.
Rob Rosenthal does a really fantastic program called How Sound (nee Saltcast) about the “backstory to great radio storytelling” and I am this week’s guest. If you want to make radio stories like mine, (or Ira, or Joe Richman, or The Kitchen Sisters) go download & listen to all of Rob’s…
If you’re interested in making radio, listen to Roman Mars and Rob Rosenthal talk.
Radio Maker, Camden, New Jersey
by Lewis Hine
Worker making an Art Deco radio in 1937.
From “Lewis Wickes Hine: Documentary Photographs, 1905-1938,” a collection of 500+ photos in the NYPL Digital Archive
Skilled cabinet workers in radio cabinet shop, Camden, New Jersey (1900-1937)
We’re also making radio this morning.
Fellow Third Coast International Audio Festival winners Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker & Nick Williams created this piece: The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt. It goes places and takes risks that push public radio into places that excite all of us radio nerds.
Original music composed and arranged by Brendan Baker. Produced and edited by Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, and Nick Williams. Special thanks to Noah Morrison, John Notarianni, and Beth Taylor. For more check out radio + love.
This is a great blog full of great radio stories.
This American Life
In this show, we return to people who’ve been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11, including Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American teen who moved to Afghanistan after his father was tapped to become governor of Kunar province there.
This American Life’s Sept 11 show.
Meanwhile, in the Midwest…Things recently got extremely tense at a public radio softball game in Chicago…..
The Announcer’s Test originated at Radio Central New York in the early 1940’s as a cold reading test given to prospective radio talent to demonstrate their speaking ability.
It’s good to know that I could have been a radio announcer in the 1940s.
And a partridge in a pear tree.
I started as a volunteer at a station in Buffalo, and I knew nothing about radio; I knew nothing about journalism; and back then you couldn’t accuse me of having a radio voice. … I learned on the air, and it was absolutely terrifying. My brother was living in Buffalo at the time, and I didn’t tell him I was going to be on the radio because I figured it was going to be so bad that it should not be shared with someone you love.
— Terry Gross, in an interview with Suburban Life Magazine.