Posted on March 04, 2007 at 07:39 AM
Emily Howard has an interesting and important story to tell about the proliferation of community radio stations in Venezuela. The piece is well-written and -recorded, though Howard makes no secret of her political sympathies.
More problematic is the loose, tacked-together presentation. The narrator first appears in a host-like role, then as a reporter describing a scene (sans natural sound) as she makes her way to a radio station. She then disappears for minutes at a time as we hear the strung-together remarks of interviewees and translators. The result is a piece that feels shapeless and hard to stay with, at least for this listener. A story of this significance would benefit from a good, rigorous edit--a much tighter structure and about half the length.