Tag: Audio

College radio in an Internet world

Is your campus radio station threatened? A couple of high-profile cases lately have spotlighted what some college radio supporters call a trend of universities selling their FM licenses and moving their campus stations online. The most recent case involves Duquesne,…

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Natural sounding storytelling

It’s one of the trickiest things about delivering a broadcast story:  You have to practice sounding natural. Media consultant Joanne Stevens says on the RTDNA website that the trick is to think about “cognitive chunks.”  According to Stevens, you should…

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Going live via phone

With all the new demands on TV reporters these days, who would have thought that going live over the phone would be a challenge? Turns out that it is, at least for Marissa Pendergrass, a reporter at WHBF in Rock…

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How to breathe more quietly

When you record narration for a multimedia story, do you sometimes hear yourself gasping between phrases or sentences? Those audible intakes of air can be a distraction for the audience and can also make you sound nervous, undercutting your credibility.…

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Radio news writing tips

A lot of the best writers in the broadcast news business come out of radio, says CBS’s Harvey Nagler, “because you need to think on your feet and write concisely.” Want some examples? CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Robert Krulwich and…

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Keep your multimedia voice healthy

What’s the most harmful thing you can do to your voice? That’s an easy one: Smoke. When I first started working at CBS News, I sat across from Dallas Townsend, the longtime radio anchor of the morning World News Roundup.…

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Breathing for broadcast

All the effort you put into writing and shooting a story may be wasted if your narration doesn’t measure up.  Voice coach Ann Utterback says how you sound can make viewers decide to click away or stay tuned for the…

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Articulation matters

Delivering the news in a conversational way should not mean sounding sloppy on the air. Articulation makes the difference. If you suffer from “lazy mouth,” you may be hard to understand. Worse yet, you may lose credibility when poor articulation…

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TV narration tips

How do you read a TV news script so it doesn’t sound like you’re reading?  The first step, obviously, is to write the way you talk.  You can’t read stilted language and sound conversational.  But there’s more to it than…

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