Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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W/C 16th April – Brief 

Idea development was the focus this week. I first wanted to do a documentary on accessibility on the London transport network as many people benefit from increased accessibility. However, my talent lies in audio and I have skills in Audition, Zetta & GSelector which would help me on my new Idea of making a radio station.

W/C 2nd April – Proposal

My initial idea was to make up a pop up radio station for world vinyl day. When it came down to it, Vinyl would have to be converted into digital to be broadcast and would defeat the purpose of the station. The idea I went with was a community radio for the TruckersMP community, which is a multiplayer game on the internet that can be played by anyone who owns the games Euro Truck Simulator 2 & American Truck Simulator. This is something I have knowledge on, having presented on one of the community radio stations and been in the community for just over 3 years.

W/C 30th April – Pitch

By this point I had strong foundations for my idea. I made a "bare bones" script to prompt me on the points I needed to make and ensure I didn't go off topic while filming, also to make sure everything that needed to be included was.

W/C 7th May – Research

The focus this week was on Research. I decided to create a survey of initial questions which would answer the below queries: 
  • How many hours of music at a minimum I need to make my station sound unrepetitive to a majority of the audience? 
  • What type of music should be playlisted to make it relevant to my competition? 
  • What/Who is my main competition? 
  • What content does the audience like and what don’t they like? 
The answers I received were more than satisfactory and solved all the queries I had. This will help me as I progress into production. A link to the original survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/9rvg6s

W/C 14th May – Research
Further audience research and auditory testing. I used last weeks research to limit the genre of songs, this was so that I could make my station sound as relevant to my audience as possible. This would ensure loyal listenership and also give my station a competitive edge as the music played will be more relevant to my audience.

For my auditory research, I downloaded the complete song and used audition to cut them up into the hooks as the hook is the most memorable part of the song. You can see all audio files on the form here - https://goo.gl/bNcXwA

I then found that Microsoft Forms does not allow an audio upload and instead you have to upload them to YouTube. I used Adobe's media encoder to change them from .wav files to .mov files so that YouTube would recognise them as video and allow me to upload them which helped me to complete the auditory testing.

W/C 21st May – Start Production
Playlist was started. I used both audience research forms to further narrow down the exact songs that would be playlisted and once again, ensure loyal listenership. Playlist Spreadsheet - https://bit.ly/2sFfnDa
W/C 10th June – Production
This week was focused very much around GSelector, clocks and imaging. I made all six of the clocks needed to schedule music on the station. These consisted of; Breakfast, morning, afternoon, evening, overnight and automation clocks. The director of RCS UK, Jon Early, visited the Academy and gave us a tour of the software and demonstrated how to use it. RCS is the owner and creator of GSelector which is the tool used in radio to schedule the music for your station. You programme the information that it needs, such as clocks and goals. It will then schedule the music according to what you have programmed.

During the creation of my imaging I had a firm idea of what kind station sound I wanted to have. I thought and created these concepts over the week. Toward the end of the week, I started to edit them together in Adobe Audition, using the "Mike Russel" YouTube channel to help me with the technical details such as effects. I used the knowledge from my involvement in the student station "Youths Choice" to also help form this station sound. 

W/C 18th June - Production

This week was focused on planning the content that would be on my radio station. I used the logs that I created in GSelector to create an hour of automated radio output so that I could see what the station sounded like before it went live. I also created a script for the breakfast show so that the presenter could know what to say and would also allow me to see what the stations presenter led content would sound like.