Posted by charlespellegrin
on Aug 24, 2012 in Thoughts on Radio
| Comments Off on Listening to the radio
Tuning into KRLD Newsradio 1080 (Dallas/Fortworth), I listened through weather and traffic reports as well as advertisements until one specific interview caught my attention. In the studio, the journalist was talking to a local entrepreneur who had started her own app that compiled coupon opportunities in the Dallas area. I thought this was the perfect local story because it portrayed a compelling local character but also a trend that affects a larger geographical area. This meant that even if I have never set foot in Texas in my life, I wanted to listen to the whole thing. This interview was part of a series called “C.E.O spotlight with David Johnson”. I then switched to CBS news where amid the talk of presidential elections and debates, there was a short story about the danger of metal baseball bats. I thought this was a really good story too because even if it is a distinctly American problem, I clearly understood all the issues at hand (I am French and have zero experience with the sport). Metal bats are more fun for kids who start learning the sport because it means they can hit the ball farther and faster, but it also means that the children on the catching end aren’t ready for that kind of power. In some instances, there can be horrific consequences to this. The story was narrated in the first person too, which made it more real and more appealing to the listener. I finally decided to listen to a podcast of “This American Life”. Even though I’d heard people rave about it for years now, I’d never actually gotten around to listening to it. Instantly, I felt like I’d missed out. It was extremely enjoyable to have a full hour to go through a story. Especially when it is pieced together so effectively. Be it the use of background music or the tone of the speaker, everything is done to draw the listener in for the longest time possible. The show made me realize the importance of writing in radio. This particular episode was an obituary for David...