20 credits at level HE5
Radio broadcasting is a unique medium requiring specialist skills. It provides an intimate and direct service to the listeners. This module is intended for those students who would like to develop a greater understanding of how radio programmes are made in terms of the practical and creative aspects. The functioning and managerial structures of a radio station will also be described. Some of the technological developments in broadcasting will be outlined.
The radio audience. The historical developments of radio in Great Britain and the USA. On-line radio, streaming on demand.
The operational structure of both public and independent radio stations.
Theoretical aspects of radio production and presentation.
Writing for radio. News and feature programmes, structures and techniques.
The diversity of music radio.
Editorial and technical skills required for live broadcasting.
Technological developments in radio: ambisonic and surround-sound broadcasting, podcasting.
A combination of lectures and in-class course work will be used to introduce the subject matter and to develop understanding. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse case studies and examples of radio productions in seminars and peer review sessions.
The major assignment will consist of a group project to synthesise the production of a radio programme or to work on some managerial aspect of a radio station as defined in the assignment brief. The assignment topic will reflect the aspirations of the student group.
Formal lectures (20);
In-class course work (20);
Unsupervised practicals (30);
Directed reading (25);
Directed research (30);
Assignment preparation and implementation (60);
Total 200 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the structure and diverse elements needed to run a contemporary radio station.||Be able to write a report describing the various facets to running a radio station|
|2.||Understand the organisational skills and creative input involved in creating a successful radio programme.||Be able to define the roles of the staff needed to create a particular genre of radio programme.|
|3.||Know how music programming, news, features and promotions are structured and put into practice.||Be able to structure a radio programme of any genre and know how to implement the associated requirements.|
|4.||Appreciate the role of the presenter in presenter-led programmes. Understand the demands made on a scriptwriter within the different programme genres.||
Be able to describe the personal skills required of a presenter.
Know of the different types of scriptwriting style for the various programme genres.
|5.||Understand the role of the researcher in music and editorial-type programmes.
Understand the role of the producer taking the programme from conception to transmission.
Be able to define the role of the researcher for a given programme type.
Be able to define the role and skills required of the programme producer.
|6.||Know of the technological developments in radio broadcasting: ambisonics, surround-sound systems, streaming on demand.||Be able to write a descriptive, technical specification for the requirements of multiple sound systems and of internet streaming.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual report/portfolio.||Group project.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Baker P. Making It as a TV and Radio Presenter (Piatikus, 1995)
Gordon J. The RSL - Ultra Local Radio (University of Luton Press, 2000).
Kaye and Popperwell. Making Radio (Broadside Books, 1992).
Keith M C. The Radio Station (Focal Press, 1997).
McInerney V. Writing for Radio (Manchester University Press, 2001).
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