Radio Production is for professionals and students interested in understanding the radio industry in today’s ever-changing world. This book features up-to-date coverage of the purpose and use of radio with detailed coverage of current production techniques in the studio and on location. In addition there is exploration of technological advances, including handheld digital recording devices, the use of digital, analogue and virtual mixing desks and current methods of music storage and playback. Within a global context, the sixth edition also explores American radio by providing an overview of the rules, regulations, and purpose of the Federal Communications Commission.
The sixth edition includes:
- Updated material on new digital recording methods, and the development of outside broadcast techniques, including Smartphone use.
- The use of social media as news sources, and an expansion of the station’s presence.
- Global government regulation and journalistic codes of practice.
Comprehensive advice on interviewing, phone-ins, news, radio drama, music, and scheduling.
This edition is further enhanced by a companion website, featuring examples, exercises, and resources: www.focalpress.com/cw/mcleish.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Characteristics of the Medium
Chapter 2: Structure and Regulation
Chapter 3: The Radio Studio
Chapter 4: Using the Internet and Social Media
Chapter 5: Ethics
Chapter 6: Writing for the Ear
Chapter 7: News: Policy and Practice
Chapter 8: Interviewing
Chapter 9: Vox Pop
Chapter 10: Cues and Links
Chapter 11: Newsreading and Presentation
Chapter 12: The Discussion
Chapter 13: Phone-ins
Chapter 14: Listener Participation
Chapter 15: Music Programming
Chapter 16: Sequences and Magazines
Chapter 17: Making Commercials
Chapter 18: Outside Broadcasts (remotes)
Chapter 19: Commentary
Chapter 20: Music ‘Live’
Chapter 21: Drama: Principles
Chapter 22: Documentary and Feature Programmes’
Chapter 23: The Work of the Producer
Chapter 24: The Executive Producer
Chapter 25: Programme Evaluation
Chapter 26: Training
Chapter 27: Back-announcement
After 33 years with BBC Radio, Robert McLeish was a consultant in the United States, Australia, Russia, India, and beyond. He has written and lectured in academia and served on the boards of international broadcasting organizations.
Jeff Link’s work in broadcasting spans radio, television, and multimedia. His expertise lies in sound mixing, reporting, presenting, and productions, and he serves as an independent media consultant.
"There are other practical textbooks on the market, but none which combines instruction in the how and why of local broadcasting quite as effectively."
"An exceptionally well presented, thorough, and useful book."
Bill Dorris, Lecturer, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland
"Radio Production: 6th Edition belongs on the shelves of every radio station in the UK and beyond, regardless of size. There is something to be learnt from this book by everyone involved in broadcasting at any level." -Radio User Magazine
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.