Wednesday, December 17, 2008

more tag voices on WNSR drive

Hi class,

I mentioned this in class last week also. On the WNSR drive in the "tags" folder there is a ProTools session of the recordings we did in class a few weeks ago, testing out some of the tags that the Parsons class came up with (the folder is within the "tags" folder, and is labeled with "Parsons tags." In the session are the raw recordings of various people's voices and some ready-made edits that can be played around with. If anyone wants to try their hand at crafting some pieces out of this material, please feel free! I'm going to let Carol know about it as well if she wants to incorporate more voices into what she's made so far.

Thanks! See you Friday,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WNSR tags available for download

Hello WNSR producers:
In the Resources section to the right, you will find original simple WNSR voice tags for your programs (the ones we've been using), in .WAV format. They are in a zipped folder for your use and import into your sessions. Please make use of them at the head and tail of (and within) your sessions.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sound I.D. Collage


Above link to New School Radio sound I.D. collage.

Above link to inside the process of creating the sound I.D.

News Events: Coverage Needed

WNSR staffers are needed to cover upcoming events:
Friday, Dec 5: 7 pm Media Studies Mixed Messages, the 12 Annual Graduate Student Showcase hosted by poet and founding editor of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith. Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th Street.

Monday, Dec 8th: Lawyer Karen Shatzkin on the fundamentals of fair use and copyright laws for filmmakers. 1 - 3:50 pm 2 West 13th Street Room 1204.

Tuesday, Dec 9th: former Senator Paul Sarbanes delivers lecture on Ethics and Government. Sarbanes helped pass major corporate reform bill. Lang 65 W. 11th Street 5th Floor. 7 pm.

Long time commitments are not needed to cover any of the above events. Just bring a recorder, get a soundbite or two and gather the gist of the story. We can use the sound and story on our newscast. Thanks. Jeff Weiser


I like Shota's 6 & 11; and Sonam's colored mic logo 1
Lauren #5 & #7 are quite luminescent: good stuff.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lehrer in the City Room

Take a moment to read this excellent Q&A from Brian Lehrer, host of the 10am-12pm community/public affairs slot on WNYC. We might also note that it's significant in and of itself that Lehrer goes to lengths to make himself available in other forums like this -- a great promotional tool and a good way to enforce accountability to the listenership. He's an excellent ambassador for his station and his program.

His thoughts on the future of radio and podcasting are notable in particular:

Question:As a listener who catches up with your show by podcast later in the day or the next morning, my question is: Do you feel the future of radio programming such as yours is in podcasting? While your show often works on late breaking news and more immediate issues of the day, it has also proven to be quite valuable in the new forms of media which aren’t live, and therefore potentially lose timeliness. I wouldn’t be listening to your show in the first place if it wasn’t for traditional radio, but if not for podcasting I wouldn’t be able to continue listening, so considering that from a listener — how do you, as a host, reconcile your love of radio with the on-demand nature of the increasingly Internet-driven world?

— Posted by eric620

Answer:Eric, this is a huge question for the future of all radio shows. While old-line radio programmers compete for younger demographics, the real story is that many college students today aren’t choosing which local station to listen to. They simply don’t own radios. Poof, you’re history. Frankly, I don’t consider my program a radio show anymore. I think of it as a radio-based multiplatform interactive news and issue … media thing. If we come up with a short, cogent name for that, I’ll use it. Ideas welcome. But we use Twitter and Facebook and Flickr and YouTube in various ways in addition to the live radio stream and the podcast. Here, for example, is a video snippet of my interview with Felicia Pearson (Snoop from “The Wire”), which has drawn many thousands of hits on YouTube, gradually over time.

Like many shows today, we are improvising our way through the changing balance between real time and time-shifted listening. We seek to serve both real time and time-shifted audiences the best we can. The bottom line, though, is that we are a live show in the middle of business hours, and we never sacrifice live, real-time programming. The podcast is divided into separate files for each segment of the show. So downloaders can choose to ignore the dated ones and listen to the ones that hold up. In the future, we may slice the podcast in different ways and offer podcast streams by topic in addition to date, but so far that has felt too artificial.

A larger issue is that I don’t know where it will all wind up. But I’ll say I think this two-way street (really a three-way street: me-to-you, you-to-me, you-to-you) is very good for democracy — much better than any media model we have had before. I do not pine for any golden days of broadcasting, which, in the context of news and democracy, I don’t think ever existed in the first place.