Astronomy on the Airwaves

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Presentation given at the 3rd UNAWE Multidisciplinary Workshop

Date: June 16, 2008

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Astronomy on the Airwaves

  1. 1. Astronomy on the airwaves UNAWE : 25 Feb 2008 Laura Durnford
  2. 2. Kinds of sound! Voice! Music! Sound effects! Wildtrack
  3. 3. Limitations of radio! No pictures! Can’t ‘re-read’! Ephemeral
  4. 4. Strengths of radio! No pictures / Mental images! Can’t ‘re-read’ / Repeat, re-phrase! Ephemeral / Culture of story-telling! The human voice
  5. 5. Why radio for kids?! Basic rules and more so! Sound before sight (voice)! Used to hearing stories
  6. 6. Clip 1‘Eclipse journal’ - Radio Netherlandsdocumentary ‘diary’ of 1999 solar eclipse
  7. 7. Why radio for astronomy?! Everyday experience / unusal! Not limited by pictures - scale - invisible (X-ray)
  8. 8. Clip 2‘Portrait of the sun’ - Radio Netherlandsspecial edition science show
  9. 9. Radio ‘formats’! Sound-bite! Interview! Crafted feature! 1st person report! Eavesdrop! Phone-in! Montage
  10. 10. Clip 3‘Eclipse journal’A family evening
  11. 11. Radio basics! Write for radio! Appropriate level for your audience! Talk, don’t read! Talk to one person (usually)! KISS (keep it short and simple)
  12. 12. What you need! Recording gear! Access to music / sounds (?)! Editing software (Audacity)! Broadcast / distribution…but that’s another story!
  13. 13. Clip 4! ‘Eclipse journal’Live coverage of the event - 1st personEnd of the show
  14. 14. Remember… Have fun!Thanks for listening.
  15. 15. Phone-ins! Brief speakers! Advertise topics! Pre-record callers! Backup q’s & points prepared! Line up callers! Interactive comment

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