Radio Production Task

Welcome To Night Vale – Podcast

Describe the programme – What is its purpose? How is it presented.

78 – Cooking Stuff: Thanksgiving Special

It is presented quite formal, a soothing calming mono toned voice. The intro was a man welcoming anyone listening into the podcast, telling us listeners who’s done what, thanking everyone etc. Talked about a book tour that the people of this podcast have done. I think the purpose at the start was to have fun with what they had but now its to make the people listening more interested, more engaged wanting to know more.

Is it a commercial programme or an amateur programme? What is the difference?

I think it started of amateur but these people have blown up and its become a common thing people are wanting more, they’ve made living out of their podcast and because they have become big they are able to go on tour. The difference between commercial and amateur is commercial is more on the serious side that the people presenting knows exactly what they are doing and were they want to go in life and I think amateur is more on the more laid back side that the people doing it are just having fun with it, not caring if they only get a couple of viewers.

What kinds of sounds / audio production are used? Eg:

Music (What, where?)

Background music whenever someone is talking to maybe add some excitement, adding a somewhat theme when one of them is talking.

Voices (Who, doing what?)

Cecil Baldwin does the intro and is the main lead. Joined by someone called ‘Earl Harlan’ his real name is Will Wheaton, who seems more comedic side and has an upfront approach, I believe he just made a guest appearance.

How do you think these are all created and / or recorded.

It probably started in their homes then it has been brought into a studio of some sort.

Is there a back story? What is it?

I think the back story is these people started off with nothing and turned it into something. By making up a fake place and creating random stories about it etc.

Is it scripted or ad-libbed?

I believe it started off just as fun and games, a couple of friends wanting to have fun with the stories they have written.

How does the audio production differ from a similar programme on TV or Film?

This audio production differs from a similar TV programmes as it is more of a story based podcast so its better to be audio than visas but if it was visual they would probably want it to be more realistic.

Marc Maron – WTF

Episode 753 – Sarah Jessica Parker

What is its purpose? How is it presented.

Its presented quite comedically, draws your attention in straight away. The purpose of these podcast is to talk about various celebrities as well as getting them on the podcast, telling his own different stories each time but overtime he does it makes you want yo listen more, its not repetitive. Also promotes his sponsors a lot but makes it more entertaining and not bland.

Is it a commercial programme or an amateur programme? What is the difference?

I believe this is very commercial as he is able to contact well known people to be on his podcast show so he clearly is getting paid. He was known before doing podcasts so he ready had somewhat of an audience.

What kinds of sounds / audio production are used? Eg

Music (What, where?)

Theme tune music after he explains who he is sponsored by. Background music a little bit when it started but then ends, just hearing this voice.

Voices (Who, doing what?)

The main person person behind this is Marc Maron.

How do you think these are all created and / or recorded.

Recorded in a studio with all the equipment needed.

Is there a back story? What is it?

Marc Maron had been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. In September 2009 he changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron. He had a lot of famous specials guest including President Barack Obama, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller. It ended up becoming a worldwide phenomenon as he was getting over six million downloads every month and 250 million lifetime downloads within its first 6 years.’ Also has two books, appeared on various talk shows, has for albums and even had his own Netflix show.

Is it scripted or ad-libbed?

Maron does a bit of both he knows his topics but easily can go on and on about that topic. I wouldn’t say its fully scripted but he might have written down  couple words so that he can go off from one word and create a bigger topic.

How does the audio production differ from a similar programme on TV or Film?

The audio production differs from any tv programme as if its audio you  can’t not see the people unless after the have finished the podcast they upload it onto if they have cameras in the room but sometimes that doesn’t happen. With tv programmes that are talk shows they are able to edit certain parts out if it isn’t live.

Answer Me This – Podcast

Describe the programme – What is its purpose? How is it presented.

This podcast is posted on Soundcloud. Its quite bland as they isn’t any comedic side to it. It is very formal, the way they talk is quite repetitive its just one tone throughout as if they aren’t showing any emotion towards but I could be wrong as I have only listened to one of their podcasts

Is it a commercial programme or an amateur programme? What is the difference?

I think it is amateur as its being posted on Soundcloud because anyone is able to post any sort of audio onto this website. It clear they both have grown a huge following from it and they are an award-winning weekly comedy podcast. They probably do make money from doing this but not a lot as someone who presents a radio show.

What kinds of sounds / audio production are used? Eg:

Music (What, where?)

Intro there is music whilst Helen introduces the talk with background music. No background music throughout the podcast.

Voices (Who, doing what?)

Hosted by Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann, they have been answering the worlds questions since 2007.

How do you think these are all created and / or recorded.

Its probably created in a mini studio they have or they may hire somewhere.

Is there a back story? What is it?

Just two people answering questions from the public.

Is it scripted or ad-libbed?

There are questions at hand but they go off and are able to think of more from the answer they get. Its more or less a bit of both but probably more scripted.

How does the audio production differ from a similar programme on TV or Film?

The audio production differs from a similar TV programme because if they did this in front of a live audience it could take away the actual humour behind these questions being answered.

BBC iPlayer Radio

Radio One Xtra – Scott Mills

Describe the programme –What is its purpose? How is it presented.

The purpose of this is to playing recent music for anyone listening as well as talking about it and whats going on in the world. Its a radio there are various presenters for it but there is schedule for them, they are all able to interview artists for example if they had a new song out they are able to promote on the radio so all their listeners can know about it.

Is it a commercial programme or an amateur programme? What is the difference?

This is commercial as it is broadcasted at Langham Place in London, it is a British radio station that is operated by the BBC which broadcasts international.

What kinds of sounds / audio production are used? Eg:

Sound effects (What)?

A few sound effects to emphasis the intro and outros.

Music (What, where?)

Intro and Outro music.

Voices (Who, doing what?)

Various presenters at different times. Not always the same.

How do you think these are all created and / or recorded.

Its recorded in Broadcasting House in Langham Place, London. There is various studios for each station that is apart of the BBC.

Is there a back story? What is it?

This radio station was first established in 1967 as a successor to the BBC Light Programme. Radio One was then launched at 7:00am on Saturday 30th September. From the first broadcast they decided to have a Radio One Breakfast Show.

Is it scripted or ad-libbed?

I think its more ad libbed then scripted, I think its scripted when they interview celebrities about their music. Its ad libbed when they talk during they’ve done various amounts of songs for example when they get people to tweet or text in.

How does the audio production differ from a similar programme on TV or Film?

Less visual there are cameras inside but that gets aired a while after the actual live broadcast as its not visual we don’t see any facial expressions just hear their voices and the music.

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show

Describe the programme – What is its purpose? How is it presented.

I think its purpose is for anyone interested in listening to the audio of a book who aren’t able to get it or watch it from that specific sight its shown on.

Is it a commercial programme or an amateur programme? What is the difference?

I think it is amateur as it is posted onto a random account with only 59 subscribers, its views ranges from 400 – 4,000 so it to me isn’t getting that much recognition. In the description box the person uploading this has put ‘this is a non profit upload’ meaning this person isn’t getting paid but is doing it for anyone wanting too listen to this audio.

What kinds of sounds / audio production are used? Eg:

Music (What, where?)

Intro music, quite a catchy tune. Outro music same as intro but has talking over it.

Voices (Who, doing what?)

Various voices of the characters who are in this mini series.

How do you think these are all created and / or recorded.

I assume that the person that has upload this audio series has downloaded it from the main website its actually streamed on and have just edited to it so it suits YouTube needs.

Is there a back story? What is it?

There isn’t really isn’t a backstory this person decided out of their own will to upload this series onto YouTube for anyone to listen to.

Is it scripted or ad-libbed?

The actual audio ‘Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy’ is scripted but the person who’s uploaded it hasn’t changed anything.

How does the audio production differ from a similar programme on TV or Film?

With audio production its all audio there is no visual to it but with a film you have both audio and visual so with a film you can see emotions and with audio you can somewhat what hear it but it isn’t really the same.

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