My group and I have chosen a radio station to do a one hour show. This included in creating a documentary for the specific radio station in question. The radio station we chose was BBC Scotland, because after many discussions we based the choice in something we all wanted to talk about so that included culture and music mainly. I believe that, that was a great way of discussing what are options where because we all had our say and everyone had there inputs on the discussion.
In addition I also believe, that when each member of the team chose the story for there package, each story was suitable to our target audience because we where basing it with exactly what BBC Scotland was looking for and this included in trying to engage with a more female audience, this was done by Papi and Ida with there documentary’s, and also we looked at talking about the culture of Scotland with Kelly,Andrew and myself.
I believe that the documentary’s where fantastic in the way they where edited and the way they where presented in the end. However I encountered various problems in the process, one of which was that the documentary’s where finished just on time for the show, that excludes Papi and myself because we had finished them before hand. This is unacceptable on behalf of the team, because that led them in missing deadlines we had assigned our self within the team and has pushed dates for meetings and rehearsals.
That meant that the script writing was rushed because the person that had to write it was behind, and caught up with us right on time for the show. But that also meant we all had to write our part of the script and that was a issue because our team members have all concluded it only on the day of the show, This hasn’t allowed us to have enough practise to know our parts inside out and meant we had to wing it for the end of the show because we didn’t have enough material ready that then led me into saying a wrong word, live on the show.
I learnt from this, that even if you have completed your work you have to try push the team to do it before hand, and make sure you have a full script and have extra material to talk about just in case of the chat dies out. This will also allow you more rehearsal time, that won’t make you panic and will make you feel ready for the show.
There has been a lot of ups and downs in my team but I have to say we have had many discussions and fights, for what i believe was due to personal life and panic towards the show. I do recommend in trying to keep personal and social life out of work, this will help but it can be a very hard thing to do. I have also learnt with my team, that sometimes even if something is wrong, but you can’t get to a conclusion with the rest of the team sometimes it’s best to just accept there idea even if you don’t agree with it. This will allow you to continue and move on.
we all also had responsibility which everyone was involved in, in different ways. My role and responsibility was to find background music for the show. I found the perfect music that suited BBC Scotland target audience because it was very easy listening and up beat, but not standing out too much in front of the presenters voice. I had chosen a few instrumentals to play underneath our show just so it vary, but sadly my team decides to not use any music on the day of the show, that makes me feel really bad because i have put a lot of effort in searching the right sound for BBC radio Scotland. For next time I would like to make it clear that if a job is given to me, I would like that work to be used.
However there was good communication within the team, by creating meetings and online chats for the people that weren’t able to go to the meetings. I do believe that most of our communication was by social media and that created something like a wall between people because sometimes I found it hard to express myself, and I feel that people don’t really want to write a lot and go into detail with where they are with the work. So it might create some miss understanding.
Further more, we also had a guest for the show. we made sure for health and safety reasons that the studio was clear from any danger, A good example of this is any lying wires or any microphones or microphone stands lying around.putting away all sharp objects and also making a health and safety form which was handed to the guest prior to coming in, in case of any accidents.
To conclude, I would like to finish of in talking about my producing that i think was very effective, because i had all the levels right when recorded and played the carts and the documentary’s at the right times. Also the flow of the show was really fluent by putting Celtic connection first then going into music and to then finish off with horror because it gave structure to the show. If i could go back i would certainly improve my script writing because my vocabulary and my accent or not suitable for the radio station chosen so I would make sure i have more practise on that.
I would also like to point out that the show went out for what i believe was the right time, because it was of a very light subject so that the people that where listening could enjoy it, and be relaxed at the same time. without having to focus to much on the subject. This could also be played during the night as a specialist show, just so that it can connect to different audiences that have enough time to listen to it. Not like breakfast time which is very busy quick and full of music,