Examples of how to use sound in a radio piece or program (audio clip)

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Example of how to use sound to start a show

It highlights how you can start a show in a different way by using sound and a "character" who really cares about the issue.

Anna Maria is interviewing a glaciologist in the glacial Bow River. This is one show from a series of programs.

The sound and description of the river helps listeners "see" the scene and the river is also good to use as a metaphor for the many issues that the series will be tapping into.

Let's also try to describe the focus of this program:

Glaciologist is documenting the demise of the Bow River BECAUSE it is a measure of the broader issues of global warming and water security.

The next two audio clips are also examples of how sound can be used to enhance a radio piece. One is in French but it will give you some ideas on how to use sound too.

"Manure the magic worker" written by Gladson Makowa of The Story Workshop in Malawi. This script illustrates how composted manure can have advantages over synthetic fertilizer during dry seasons, as it helps retain soil moisture, leading to better yields and decreased erosion.

To read the script, go to: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/84-9script_en.asp

To listen to the audio production of the script produced by The Story Workshop, go to: ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/Radio/MP3/2008/WFD/MWANA%20SPECIAL.mp3

"Organic fertilizer within easy reach" written by Adama Zongo of Radio Rurale in Burkina Faso. This script details the steps involved in building a compost ditch and explains how the resulting compost can improve soil fertility and crop yields.

To read the script (in English), go to: http://www.farmradio.org/english/radio-scripts/84-10script_en.asp. To listen to the audio production of the script (in French only) produced by Radio Rurale in Burkina Faso go to: ftp://ext-ftp.fao.org/Radio/MP3/2008/WFD/compost.mp3.