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Community Radio Overview – Workshop
Radio Formats/ Line up planning
- one To give participants a general overview and better understanding of the difference between C.R. and commercial or public radio
- two To expose participants to the many different types of radio formats they may not know. To demonstrate the usefulness of a show outline/lineup sheet.
- one Participants will be able to express the uniqueness of community radio while referring to the comparison chart presented in the workshop
- two Participants will be able to plan a show line-up and “hear” the final product before recording a thing
Target Group: All new volunteers and current volunteers who have missed the basic training
Optimum number of participants: 4 or 6
Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Tools/Materials: White board / flip chart Poster for comparison chart, post ups, pins
Information: The participatory nature of community radio – definition of community Alternative voice to mainstream radio History of CHUO / CFUO / CHOR History of community radio in the world/ Canada/ Universities CRTC/licensing stats/ 3rd tier of radio etc.
Hand out after session copy of “Writing for talking”
Introduction of Participants
Simply introduce yourself and other participants in the training Share why we want to be a part of a community radio station
As a group we fill in the chart below identifying and discussing the differences between the three tiers of radio in Canada.
Ownership Programming Purpose Stakeholders
- Public(CBC/ CBOF)
- ( Government
- Tax Payers Regional and National
- Trusted Bridging Canada
- To inform
- Emergency Broadcast
- ystem Government and their employees
Private (CHUM, Standard, Newcap etc)
Company or Person Entertainment Music Ad based Lowest common denominator Higher # of listeners = higher price of advertising No loyalty $$$$$$$$$ Shareholders or owners
Community Students Diverse Community oriented Fragmented Not homogenised Specialty (ie gay and lesbian, environmental) Gives a voice to the voiceless Service not business Supports local and emerging artists Participatory Accessible Reflect interest Volunteers Listeners NGO’s Community Especially marginalized communities without other outlets
Exercises: As a group we brainstorm on the various radio formats: Drama, Interviews, Debate, Round-table discussion, Music, Vox-Pop, Feature, Story-telling, News, Reviews, Report, Children, Docu-drama, MAGAZINE!!!
(2) We fill out a chart comparing a magazine to a magazine format show MAGAZINE MAGAZINE FORMAT RADIO SHOW Cover – Bright and Attractive
LOGO/Name Cover teasers Editorial Interview Intro/extro music and presentation Production/Packaging Name of show/theme of show Introduction Commentary Interview
Comics People’s opinions Advertising Pictures Subscription Card Joke VOXPOP Ad or PSA or Station Identification Music Volunteer Recruitment Message
Tips Quiz Letters Tips Quiz Feedback (recorded or letters read)
(3) Learning how to write a line-up sheet
00:00 - Signature Tune / Intro music (1min 30seconds) 00:30 - Introduction Voice over music (signature tune) 01:30 - First song (3 min 15 sec) 04:45 – segue from song to first interview segment with station id (20 seconds) 05:05 – start interview segment (7 minutes) 12:05 – song from band just interviewed (3 minutes, 20 seconds) 15:25 – Advertisement (scheduled) (30 seconds) 15:55 – segue (with id) – welcome movie reviewer/chitchat (2min, 5 sec) 17:00 – movie review (4 minutes) 21:00 – Public Service Announcement (1 min) 22:00 – segue to final segment (pre-recorded interview 6 minutes) 28:00 – start signature tune (1minute 30 seconds long) 28:10 – Fade music, wrap up, thank guests, pitch what is coming up next week, remind listeners to stay tuned for the next show etc. and say goodbye (50 sec) 29:00 – Program Bridge (1 min) leave studio and allow for next show to get in.
This is reviewed as a sample and then the participants are asked to prepare their own line-up sheets for the programme they will record.
Participants are asked to write an intro for a show including three of the following: interview with band, movie reviewer, and environmental specialist, artist’s vernisage, new play at a local theatre, local association fundraising event.