Journalism Appendix B Homework There are sets of practice copy included; however, you may want to research and write your own, or have students research and write copy

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Homework Help
Book Title
Keith's Radio Station: Broadcast-- Internet-- and Satellite 9th Edition
Authors
Bruce Mims, John Allen Hendricks
Appendix B: Performance Projects
This a set of handouts and exercises designed to be used with the version of the syllabus which
includes performance as part of the Introduction to Radio.
To accompany and augment the text, we have provided additional handouts on format elements,
announcing technique, and production procedures. A suggested set of performance projects start
with a simple copy read of :30 and :60 second spots. There are sets of practice copy included;
however, you may want to research and write your own, or have students research and write
The suggested sequence for performance projects:
Record and playback Intro copy
Spot: Live :30
Spot: Live :60
News: Headlines
Produced: :30—read copy over music bed
HANDY HINTS FOR RECORDING THESE PROJECTS
1. Be sure to prepare for your exercise by pre-reading the copy in advance.
2. Mark up the copy, check pronunciation, and vocabulary.
3. Rehearse the script before going into the studio.
4. Open the recording application in the computer.
5. There is a copy stand over the board—use it! You will need both hands free to run the
board.
You are building a portfolio of your performances. Be sure to save the finished audio file to your
personal folder in the Documents folder. Also, copy it to your Flash drive. These procedures will
usually be followed for all performance projects for this class.
RADIO EXERCISE : NEWS HEADLINES
1. Write news copy. Use a newspaper or online sources and write a set of short news stories
three to five lines each.
2. Sports is optional. End with a brief weather forecast. Total running time is about two
minutes.
FORMAT
ANN: “IT'S TIME NOW FOR THE W___ NEWSWATCH …”
(READ NEWS COPY)
WX: TODAY: __________________________________________________ HIGH: ___ TO-
NIGHT: _______________________________________________ LOW: ___ TO-
MORROW: ____________________________________________ HIGH: ___
“CURRENT BOSTON TEMPERATURE: ____ DEGREES. THIS HAS BEEN
THE W___ NEWSWATCH—NOW BACK TO MORE MUSIC ON W___”
:30 SECOND PRODUCED COMMERCIAL
1. This project is to produce a :30 spot with a voice track over a music bed.
2. You will be given a set of copy; select one for the project.
3. The music bed is provided; it is :30 seconds in length. There is a set of beds to choose from.
4. The procedure is as follows:
xIt should time out to :27 or :28 seconds so that it will fit over a :30 music bed.
xIf the timing is not right, then do either use Effect>Stretch> to adjust it, edit it by re-
moving a line or two, or do it over.
xGo to the folder for this exercise and find a :30 music bed to use. Move it to Edit view.
xIf needed, trim and adjust levels, and length to :30 seconds.
xMove both tracks to Multitrack View.
xIn MT, activate Envelope Editing, and Volume Envelope.
DJ BREAK: SWEEPER
• FORMAT: ID/ BS/ FP/ FS/ Liner–ID (see below)
SWEEPER:
ID: “This is W____…”
BS: “That was __________________________” (Last song)
FP: “Stay tuned for more music by____________________” (Later)
FS: “Right now, here’s ________________________” (Next)
Liner–ID: “On the Home of the Hits, W____!”
1. Get up your copy and format sheet on the copy stand—you will need both hands free to run
the board!
2. Fill in the blanks: Last song/song to be played later/next song.
10. Turn down the fader on CD 1, or it may track into the next song!
11. Start next CD. (Be sure the fader is turned up as you start the song!)
12. Turn off the mic.
13. Fade music after five seconds.
14. Stop recording.
DJ BREAK WITH WEATHER AND COMMERCIAL
FORMAT: ID/ BS/ FP/ WX/ SPOT (Ct)/ FS–Liner–ID
(ID) “HERE ON W____ , THAT WAS ____________________; (FP) JUST AHEAD, STAY
TUNED FOR MORE MUSIC BY ______________.” (Next song) (WX) “HERE’S THE
W____ WEATHER WATCH:
TODAY: ____________________________________________________
HI_____
TONIGHT:__________________________________________________
LOW____
TOMORROW: _______________________________________________
HI_____
CURRENT BOSTON TEMPERATURE IS ___ , HERE AT W____ .”
(SPOT: Play :30 second Commercial from Digital Cart Machine)
(FS) “NOW HERE’S _________________________ , (Next song) (Liner–ID) ON HOT
HITS RADIO, W____ !”
xGet up your copy and format sheet on the copy stand—you will need both hands free to
run the board!
xRoll CD 1: As music ends, turn up mic fader.
xDo the break as shown above.
xTurn down the fader on CD 1, or it may track into the next song!
xPlay the :30 spot from the Digital Cart Machine.
xFinish the break—be sure to include the Liner/ID!
xStart next CD.
RADIO EXERCISE: LIVE STOPSET BREAK WITH :30 LV SPOT
FORMAT: ID/ BS/LIVE SPOT :30 SEC/ FP/ :30 CT/ FS/ Liner–ID (see below)
ID: “THIS IS W____ , YOUR JUKEBOX WITH A HEART!”
BS: “THAT WAS __________________________.”
(DO :30 SECOND LIVE SPOT HERE)
FP: “STAY TUNED FOR MORE MUSIC BY____________________.”
(PLAY :30 CART SPOT HERE)
FS: “RIGHT NOW, HERE’S ________________________
(LINER–ID) ON SUPER HIT RADIO, W____ !”
PRODUCE THE BREAK AS FOLLOWS:
1. Select copy from your practice copy set for this exercise; pre-read and rehearse it!
2. Get up your copy and format sheet on the copy stand—you will need both hands free to run
the board!
8. Record the break on the computer in Adobe Audition.
9. Watch your levels! All elements must run at zero on the vu meter!
10. Roll CD 1: As music ends, turn up mic fader.
11. Turn down the fader on CD 1, or it may track into the next song!
12. Do the break as shown above.
13. After the live spot, FP, then play the :30 spot from the Digital Cart Machine.
DONUT SPOT:
(Note: Your instructor will supply you with the produced music bed and copy for this exer-
cise.)
Spot is structured as follows:
OPEN—INSERT LIVE COPY—CLOSE
OPEN: Music bed and Announcer
MIDDLE: Insert live copy over the instrumental music bed
CLOSE: Music bed and Announcer
Procedure:
1. Choose which spot you are doing: Boston Herald or Diet Coke.
2. Select the file and open it in EDIT VIEW. Check the timing on the music bed.
7. Time the reading so that it fits into the instrumental bed in the middle, not too long or too
short—see the script for exact timing.
8. Turn off the mic and stop the recording.
9. Once you have recorded the script, move it to Multitrack.
10. Move the Donut bed to multitrack.
RADIO EXERCISE: THREE-MINUTE SPONSORED NEWSCAST
OPEN: “IT’S TIME NOW FOR THE W____ NEWSWATCH, BROUGHT TO YOU
BY_____________________”
(DO LEAD STORY; WORLD, NATIONAL AND LOCAL NEWS.)
(1:45 TO 2:00) CUE TO BREAK
“SPORTS AND WEATHER AFTER THIS.”
(PLAY :30 CART SPOT)
(DO SPORTS AND WEATHER)
(WX): TODAY_____________________________________HIGH____ TO-
NIGHT_____________________________________LOW____ TO-
MORROW__________________________________HIGH____
“CURRENT BOSTON TEMPERATURE ____DEGREES.
THIS W____ NEWSWATCH HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY
_______________________; NOW BACK TO MORE MUSIC ON W____ ,
BOSTON!”
Instructions:
1. Copy: Write an original newscast; do not do “rip n’ read” out of the newspaper.
2. Fill in the blanks above.
3. Select a :30 Spot as news sponsor; see CD in digital Cart player.
BREAKS: DJ VS NEWS
FORMAT:
[DJ] ID–LINER–BS/ FP/ (ADLIBS/ HANDOFF TO NEWS) OPEN BB [NEWS] NEWS
HEADLINES/ HANDOFF TO DJ ... [DJ] CLOSE BB/FP/ CART SPOT/ADLIBS/FS–
LINER–ID
SCRIPT: DJ: “HERE ON W____ , THE HOME OF THE HITS, THAT WAS MUSIC BY
________________.”
(OPTIONAL ADLIBS....) (NEWS OPEN BB:) “THIS IS THE W____ NEWSWATCH,
BROUGHT TO YOU BY FRED’S FRIED FISH.”
NEWS: (1 MINUTE NEWS HEADLINES)
DJ: (NEWS CLOSE BB:) “THIS W____ NEWSWATCH IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
FRED’S FRIED FISH– FEAST ON THE FRIED FISH FRENZY, FRIDAY’S AT
FRED'S, 5455 FRESH POND FREEWAY IN FRAMINGHAM– CALL 454 5545
FOR FRED’S FRIED FISH!” STAY TUNED—JUST AHEAD,
_______________________________________________.”
( PLAY :30 SPOT) DJ AND NEWS: (OPTIONAL ADLIBS) DJ: “NOW HERE’S MORE MU-
SIC BY ______________________________________________
HERE ON ALL INDEPENDENT RADIO, W____ ”
Instructiion:
xEach of the two participants will play either the role of DJ or News.
xThe context for this exercise is morning drive; do time signals as if between 6 and 9 a.m.
xPlay brief music in and out of the break.
MIDTERM PORTFOLIO PROJECT
As part of your portfolio development, please prepare a presentation tape of your work in this
class to date.
This tape should include the following:
The suggested procedure is to go through the archives for this class, or your personal storage de-
vice, and find the performances. If you have lost the original performances, you should redo
them.
xOpen AA; then open a NEW file in EDIT VIEW.
xUse FILE>OPEN APPEND to find your files and then move them in sequence into the
This project is due: (Date)
FINAL PORTFOLIO PROJECT
For part of your final grade, prepare and present a portfolio of your work for this class. Your
portfolio will consist of the audio recordings of the projects themselves. It is imperative that you
save all your recordings, as they will be edited into your final tape presentation. The long-term
goal is to learn how to edit performances together for producing an effective audition tape. The
list of projects is as follows:
The first five exercises were presented on your Midterm Tape; you don’t need to put these on
your final tape. On the second set of breaks for your final tape, excerpt :15:20 seconds from the
newscast. On the DJ vs News break, present only your part of the break.
1. Sweeper Break: ID/BS/FP/FS/Liner/ID
Instructions:
xEach of these projects will have been recorded and saved on your 7-inch reel of work
tape.
xYou may also have some of these in the computer as an audio file.
xDub these exercises to your medium for final presentation.
This tape must be presented on the due date; no late tapes will be accepted. This presentation is
your ticket to the final exam—no tape, no exam. If you have any questions, see your instructor.
DATE DUE: (Date)

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