Posted on December 26, 2003 at 10:35 AM
This piece is absolutely delightful. If you are allowed to re-use it (I notice that she SOQs out by saying "For the Savvy Traveler") do! The young narrator strikes just the right balance between cynical and adorable and the "adults" are a hoot.
Posted on December 25, 2003 at 02:12 AM
Best Christmas song I have heard for some time.
It seems very factual except for one minor point. There is reference to "gas clouds" but such clouds did not occur until the spring of 1915. There were a few gas shells used in 1914 but there were no clouds of rolling gas.
Even so, This is a great song!
Posted on December 24, 2003 at 06:27 AM
Presentation: Interesting attempt to shoot for a different sound. The (I guess it's) host sounds like she's speaking off the top of her head. Sometimes this works well, but sometimes it sounds a bit too scripted and "fake real." Nine minutes into the show she's gone and I'm listening to two guys. I assume if I listened more often I would know what's going on here and maybe I'm just too rigid, but I found this confusing. I liked very much the "college radio" sound to this program. It was just loose enough without being totally out of control like some college radio can be.
Content: Assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the listener. So it comes off a bit exclusive and confusing. I understand that they don't want to waste time telling the audience things they might already know, but it might help to assume that some listeners don't know everything about the bands being discussed and could use a little "filling in."
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 05:53 PM
Very well put together. The piece has a sweetness about it, I guess because it reminds me of the characters in the small town where I grew up. Just the right length.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 12:14 PM
People expect to turn to public radio and hear what they won't hear anywhere else. THIS is a piece that you would not hear anywhere but on public radio -- a window into a life that we would never see otherwise. At first the raw nature of this put me off. I thought it was staged. But within minutes I realized it for what it was -- an incredibly valuable contribution to our understanding of others.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 11:55 AM
Pop Vultures should appeal to those of us who consider listening to music as part of their daily life. Better yet, it's for those of us who learned an incredible amount about the music that we heard during our "musically developing" years, but have not had the time to learn about what's happening now, and how it might possible connect with what happened back then. It seems like it should also appeal to a younger audience as it reaches into contemporary culture to help define it in terms those of us in our 40's and 50's can appreciate. Some of the voices seem a bit opinionated, but in the context of music, perfectly appropriate. It's well produced and thick with layers of talk and music. Now if we could only find room for it in our program schedule!
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 10:19 AM
I do think it would help young girls during a scary time. Youth Radio (like the WMPG show) is obviously perfect for it, but also as some sort of chruch or school talk about bodies and getting older. This sort of intimate storytelling would be good. A video wouldn't be able to convey the information, be intimate, but not freak people out.
Misery loves company, and some of these first time stories sound like they fit that bill. An uncle shopping with you, running races, out-of-the-country. I'd almost give my daughter a computer for her bedroom just so she could listen to Blunt Radio on the internet on her own time.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 10:06 AM
Most everyone in the west, where the roads are long and people are cars are many, will have a trip story like this.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 10:02 AM
The Gideon Bible thing is pretty interesting.
Overall, I love pieces like this. I want to do a regular series of people's jobs that I want to sound just like this. You know what -- everyone has an interesting job. The most interesting ones are the ones I don't know much about. This piece takes it down a very nice avenue, to where the employee talks not only about her job, but about how things work and of what to be careful.
Where can this fit? Well, anytime 20/20 airs one of those Dirty Hotel shows would work. Or, at the beginning of a vacation season. Best of all, some show should do a regular "At Work" series and air pieces like this once-per-week.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 07:56 AM
If there's a PD out there doing last minute shopping consider this for Morning Edition or All Things Considered on Christmas day ...the 24th will do too.
In this commentary Duffy traces his family's Christmas traditions. Although personal, this essay will likely strike a chord with most listeners as they are prompted to reflect on their own holiday traditions.
Posted on December 23, 2003 at 07:12 AM
This is a station break from WKSU. In addition to the weather, underwriters-- the standard station break fare--Geo Beach offers some interesting historical facts that tie in nicely with the station's classical music identity. I particularly like hearing the school cafeteria menu. It's details like these that do give station breaks some flavor and sense of place. It's also quite polished so you don't feel that you have downgraded from listening to NPR to the local station, which is hard to do. It's difficult for many lcal NPR stations to keep the quality consistent when switching from local to national public radio.
My understanding is that this is to serve as a model for other stations. If there are program directors o who want to reinvent their station breaks than consider turning to this for inspiration.
Posted on December 22, 2003 at 01:30 PM
A well-woven, deep and prismatic look at this tragedy and the issues it raises about the space program’s value. So very poignant to hear the voices of the astronauts and spend time with them as they discuss the work they’ve set out to do. The tape of the astronauts and mission control as trouble becomes apparent is wrenching, suspenseful, despite the known outcome. We’re brought close to the aftermath through the voice of the forest ranger that found the flight recorder, and engineers discussing their efforts to figure out went wrong. A down-to-earth human angle is touched on in a visit to the hometown of the female astronaut who will command the next space shuttle. As she speaks of the practical pre-flight concerns and of their space station tasks, I find myself saying a quiet prayer for their well-being. Discussions about safety and cost concerns, and alternate ideas for space exploration, as well as the opinions of some plain old citizens about space carry us to the end of the program. This fascinating piece reminds us what a mistake it is to ever be blasé about space travel.
Air around the anniversary, or in future, around the time of any launch. sl
Posted on December 22, 2003 at 10:31 AM
Funny saga with happily suitable sound accompaniment running underneath. Don’t want to give any of the story away. Not maudlin, not sappy, just a delightful one-of-a-kind holiday story about a very specific reason to rejoice. And you get to hear a doggy sung xmas carol. Can't beat that. sl
Posted on December 22, 2003 at 05:22 AM
I do like the piece, and obviously all of those who have a hand in it are excellent at what they do. I have a question, though: Should a story be told only by it's content, or does a producer still have room to play with it when the story is known? I'd like to hear a neoteric storytelling version of "The Starting Five".
Posted on December 22, 2003 at 05:03 AM
So, why do few women stick with chess? Because women talk so much, while men don't? There has got be a better answer. Or, maybe that is the answer, so why look for another? Still, I was looking for at least one alternative hypothesis, but no others emerged.
I think just about everyone can relate to chess. Many of us relate to it, and thus this piece, from a family member who taught the game with glee because they found someone willing to play.
Posted on December 19, 2003 at 07:40 AM
This piece offers a light-hearted view of an oddly intruiging holiday tradition. It will remind anyone who learned to play an instrument as a kid how they felt at their first recital. Better yet, it shows how being willing to look a little foolish can open you up to unexpected opportunities, like the moment David gets to share a secret smile with his son on stage.
The writing in this piece is humorous, and sprinkled with little observations that made me reflect on the character of the Holiday season, like this:
"For all our planning and attempts to make everything perfect, it seems that the thing that stick are the things we least expect."
The descriptions of people and events are also quite inventive and amusing.
I think this would be a great segment for ATC or perhaps as part of a holiday-themed package of shows.
Posted on December 18, 2003 at 12:52 PM
It's a privilege to be so deep inside someone's head and in this case,
inside the heads of two people on opposite sides of "the bar." I like the
way the material is organized. We meet Matthew first and get a sense of him
before we actually know everything he's done wrong, and we get to know the
judge a little before we hear them together. It's very moving to hear the judge's journey from compassionate hope to resigned disappointment, and to hear Matthew's parallel journey from hope to despair. I wanted to put my head down and cry as this piece drew to its close. Knowing Matthew is dead makes the close of this piece that much more heartbreaking. It's beautiful, respectful and could air any time, but certainly when there is big news on youth crime. sl
Posted on December 18, 2003 at 12:51 PM
Posted on December 18, 2003 at 07:25 AM
What to say? This is a poignant piece. A lovely piece. It is so good, so essential to hear from older people. With everything becoming so youthcentric--even Public Radio--it is important to listen to where where we may eventually end up.
The view from the retirement home is at times bleak, sweet, and touching. It is rare that we get to witness mortality in this way.
With a transcendent piece like this you really don't need a particular context in which to broadcast it.
If you want your listeners to stop everything they are doing, if you want your email and voicemail overflowing with gratitude--then air this piece. If you don't have a 27 minute gap then consider making room for this.
This piece originally aired on All Things Considered. I could also hear it on This American Life or Weekend Edition. -CM
Posted on December 17, 2003 at 05:31 PM
This one has a wonderfully lively style. The editing is pure pleasure and the narrative voice is smooth and real. I had a moment of wondering if it was going on too long, and the ending isn't quite the payoff I might have hoped for, but I was engaged all the way through and would air it on our station without hesitation as an ear refresher. -JA