How to create radio spots

Radio spots are short (usually 15-60 second) radio pieces that deliver one single, clear message. They can be presented in various formats, but two of the most common are straightforward announcements—also called Public Service Announcements or PSAs—and short dramas.

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Working remotely as a radio broadcaster

Sometimes, radio broadcasters can’t report a story on-location or by meeting face-to-face with the people involved. But news media are considered an essential service in most countries, and this means that radio broadcasters will need to practise safe methods of continuing to report, but from a distance.

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Planning and producing effective emergency programming: COVID-19

As countries around the world take action in response to COVID-19, good reporting practices are important to dispel myths, stop misinformation, and address fake news. Good reporting practices are also important to ensure that people stay calm in a time of emergency and take appropriate action to respond.

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Podcasts

What makes an audio file a podcast is complicated because there are many types of podcast. The ultimate power of this highly flexible format lies in the sheer variety of possible podcasts. Listeners can find exactly what they want. Producers can use whatever style they choose.

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Basic recorder settings

Portable recorders have a variety of settings and functions to help you record different kinds of sounds for different purposes. This guide explains basic settings for recording interviews and wild sound.

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Developing a run sheet

A run sheet (also called a running-order sheet or a program lineup) is a detailed plan for a specific episode of a radio program. It enables the host, producer, technician, and any others involved in the program to coordinate their actions around a shared schedule.

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Running a radio quiz

A radio quiz can be very entertaining, and is a great way to encourage audience participation. Quizzes are also one way to evaluate the effectiveness of your radio program at clearly delivering key messages to your listeners.

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Using ‘forum theatre’ on air

Forum theatre is a different approach to radio drama, one that actively involves the audience. It is a fun, safe, and open way to share ideas and collaborate on solutions to challenges in rural life, including agriculture, health, and other issues.

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