Posted on January 12, 2004 at 03:24 AM
Humor is a very subjective thing.
Posted on January 10, 2004 at 01:17 PM
This would fit in a spot a PD is looking to put a short segment, like a Star Date, but wants to focus on cooking. Or, if you have a local cooking show, the host could do his/her thing, then introduce one of these short pieces and come back with more on the local cooking or food-related show. This show focuse on licorice and has some interesting information about it.
Posted on January 10, 2004 at 09:06 AM
I like Barbara's unsinging voice, storytelling voice, interesting and energetic, without the danger of putting me to sleep. The sound effects (sparse) and music were very appropriate is choice, tone, and level. I'd say the demo would be roughly a baby boomer, but not just a baby boomer. At 57 minutes, this piece is an easy hour to drop in, with even a natural break at 27:00 minutes when the show transitions from Getting Lost to Hidden Waters.
If you like this piece, you might ask the producer to provide it as multiple individual pieces, as well. This piece could work as several different pieces.
There is some long songs in the piece, too, something that may affect your placement on your station.
Posted on January 10, 2004 at 08:09 AM
This piece is 10 minutes long, and I was surprised when it was over, because it seemed much shorter. It is very engaging. While I listened, I surfed a little to find out more about the People's Temple.
Posted on January 10, 2004 at 07:55 AM
In the short term, this piece give your listener's ears a 1:25 break from yet another formula news piece.
This piece following in the FM rock/hh radio morning-DJ trend of making a fake commercial with a specific viewpoint. It's short, so it will fit anywhere, especially if you are aiming for a younger audience. Play it during an ATC break during drive time. I like making and hearing these types of pieces, and would like to a large slice of public radio dedicated to fun along this vein.
Posted on January 10, 2004 at 07:53 AM
Nice piece. Great format! I will go listen to more of these now.
Posted on January 08, 2004 at 07:56 AM
a mindbending rendition of something familiar - at first you know something is wrong, you think it's the machine - you smack it - nothing. Once you figure it out, it's over. If its purpose is to embarrass you about your conditioning, forcing you to listen NOW, rather than from memory, it suceeds.
Posted on January 07, 2004 at 12:16 PM
Short piece that focuses primarily on voices inside the Kerry campaign. Not incredibly cutting edge, but it's interesting to hear the hier of Heinz talking about fundraising woes.
Posted on January 07, 2004 at 08:11 AM
The only thing not to like about the program is its title and first minute. Most listeners would immediately ask themselves "Who's Kalish?" and what this program is about? Brooklyn? A guy named Kalish? In truth, the title doesn't serve the program or its subject well at all. The program starts off with the producer describing the program and how it came together. It includes a lot of "I" and "me" references that give the impression that the host is the central presence in this documentary (which isn't the case). However, once the billboard is over and the program's content gets moving along, everything falls into place beautifully and stays that way throughout. The host does offer some occasional personal observations and thoughts, but is very generous and agile with how he weaves in and out of the program.
This would make a great special around the high holy days, Chanukah, or almost anytime. It would be nice if the producer could include a promo or additional support material to help stations promote the program on-air and online.
Posted on January 07, 2004 at 07:45 AM
The report answers a very simple question: North Dakota has an unusually large voter turnout...why?
The report is light on frill, well paced, and quick (and by the way, it is 4 minutes long, not 5 as the description indicates). However, the piece would be even stronger with more dynamics. The reporter focuses on a small number of interviews with politicians and election officials--if you are producing a piece on voter participation, wouldn't it make sense to include some actual voters in the piece? Also, the report gives the impression that the heavy participation is due to one fact: that there's no voter registration in North Dakota. That feels too simple. Are there other contributing factors (both measurable and intangible), does anyone (including voters) offer an alternative assessment or rationale, or does anyone disagree and think that the lack of registration has no impact?
Still, it's an interesting and thought-provoking piece. Worth a listen.
Posted on January 07, 2004 at 05:41 AM
Several first-person recollections, audio verite pieces, and audio letters make up this hour of programming that is tied together by the theme of friendship and produced from a variety of sources. Each of these segments, in their own unusual way, gets at some real, true, human emotions that we're not often exposed to on the radio. The mix of styles that the show brings together makes for engaging listening and you (or your listeners) are sure to emotionally connect to something in each of these pieces. It's the kind of programming that makes listening to public radio on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon the perfect activity.
Posted on January 06, 2004 at 06:19 PM
A nice short story in a kind of Selected Shorts/Reading Aloud vein. A good short story, complete with life lessons. Given its particulars of theme and content, it demands a venturesome PD to give it a home.
Posted on January 06, 2004 at 10:46 AM
Pretty slick. Great PR as aimed at a younger demo. If you are a PD looking to hit a younger democraphic, Pop Vultures might be exactly what you should carry. Very informed and full of cultural reference and information. I feel out of touch because I don't know about half of what they were talking about. I'd listen to this every week if it were on my local public station.
Posted on January 06, 2004 at 04:53 AM
This piece has aired on NPR, so you can feel confident in it's quality. It focuses on the California gang database -- the biggest of it's type in the country -- and how it may be doing as much harm to some innocent youths as it is doing good in putting a stop to gang activity. If you are doing a gang story, or your community is facing these issues, this story will fit (have to chop the lead-in). It will fit best to be Side B to a story where Side A is "Lets build a gang database like California did."
Posted on January 05, 2004 at 07:49 PM
Posted on January 05, 2004 at 11:17 AM
One of those documentary segments that pulls you right into the middle of another person's daily life and gives you a sampling of what it's like as they try to do their job. In this case, it's a job that seems daunting (at the very least) as you listen to all the demands and challenges that are made on a school's vice president and how unflappable and determined she is. The segment is likely to make most of us realize how "easy" our jobs are -- and give a new-found respect for those working the education today.
Posted on January 05, 2004 at 10:32 AM
The program's only shortcoming (and it's a significant one) is that it doesn't deal well with its size and length. Productions of this size should treat themselves like what they literally are--programs: they should feature breaks, periodic reintroductions to ideas (and the program itself) as well as regularly IDing voices. This program sounds like it makes the assumption that all its listeners tune in at the beginning and remain engaged throughout. Unfortunately, this type of listener interaction rarely happens. It would be smart to give latecomers a chance to figure out what's going on or provide listeners (and stations) a break once in a while.
The producer should consider re-editing to make it more listener and station friendly, as well as providing a promo or some other support material to help stations promote its airing as an special or stand-alone program. They should also provide a mild language advisory for some mild, yet present, profanity and content.
Posted on January 05, 2004 at 09:49 AM
The program takes an in-depth look at Howard Dean’s eleven years as Governor of Vermont, done by those who should know best, Vermont Public Radio. The depth and background offered in this documentary are both impressively detailed, yet exceptionally engaging. The mixture of interviews, archival tape and reporting, as well as contemporary perspective and analysis is great radio. Further, the program offers an exceptional degree of balance and objectivity regarding Dean's background and record on important issues. From election/political junkies to citizens interested in learning more about this candidate, this special has a lot to offer.
Given Dean's prominence in the Democratic primaries, this program offers a powerful service to listeners. It would be an exceptional choice for a stand-alone hour special.
The producers have thoughtfully provided an audio promo and complete (!) transcript make it very promotable and station-friendly.
This is an exemplary effort on every mark.
Posted on January 04, 2004 at 08:04 PM
Very professional sounding piece, great audio, with only the interviewee being heard. Very polished and intimate. I think this would work best with the rest of the pieces as a series, but each could be cherry-picked if, say, Emmylou was in town for a concert. They are very well produced and since there is no reporter's voice, it could sound like your station.
Posted on January 04, 2004 at 07:43 PM
Sweet sounding. I like narrator's voice in this piece. The musical interludes at the front and back were a little too long, but would allow a talk-over to get in and out of the piece.