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VOICES FROM IRAQ

From: Marty Goldensohn
Length: 59:00

A Special Presentation of War News Radio
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VOICES FROM IRAQ
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Marty Goldensohn

Mancity_small It's been four years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. What has the war been like for the country's people and for the American service members fighting on the ground? On "VOICES FROM IRAQ" - an hour-long special presentation of War News Radio - we listen to their stories, as we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War. (A 20-second promo for this 59-minute program is also available for free public broadcast.)

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It's been four years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. What has the war been like for the country's people and for the American service members fighting on the ground? On "VOICES FROM IRAQ" - an hour-long special presentation of War News Radio - we listen to their stories, as we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War. (A 20-second promo for this 59-minute program is also available for free public broadcast.)

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Review of VOICES FROM IRAQ

This is a valuable contribution to ongoing media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is especially well done for a student production. This program is well-written and edited. The interviews are conducted well. Subject matter appears to be well researched.

I am thrilled to see that college students are doing this kind of serious journalism that demonstrates an interest beyond their dorms, their campus and their comfortable lives in the U.S. This is clearly a program with a mission and its producers seem to be in tune with that mission.

Host Wren Elhai does an excellent job of hosting. He has a good voice and a smooth and professional delivery. All of the student producer/reporters in this show are better-than-average in my experience of college-age radio journalists.

I offer two suggestions for improvement:

1) Try to improve the quality of the telephone interviews. It's relatively easy to talk to guests most anywhere on the planet today but crappy cell phones (or satellite phones) sound like crappy cell phones no matter where they are. Some of these long segments can be very tedious with poor audio quality. Sorry that's the case but, as broadcasters, we really don't want to "settle" unless we have to. (Have you considered tape syncs, Skype or some other methods of getting better quality audio?)

2) Related to the above, some of the segments seem to go on longer than necessary. Especially with the poor audio quality of phone connections, I would recommend cutting the interviews to their essentials or doing even more host cut-ins and paraphrasing.

Again, this is an excellent example of serious student work. I expect to hear more from these young radio journalists!

Timing and Cues

The Rundown

00:00 to 00:59, Billboard. In: "From Swarthmore College..." Out: "...after the news."
01:00 to 05:59, Newshole.
06:00 to 19:40, Segment A. In: "This is WNR..." Out: "...after this break."
19:41 to 20:41, Station Break.
20:42 to 39:54, Segment B. In: "Welcome back..." Out: "...after this break."
39:55 to 40:55, Station Break.
40:56 to 58:59, Segment C. In: "We?re back with..." Out: "...thanks for listening."

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