Posted by daniellevalente
on Sep 6, 2012 in Listening
, Thoughts on Radio
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzB5ds-o0jo Alan Rickman was featured on Good Morning America radio four years ago to promote his new movie (at the time), Bottle Shock. ABC’s Hilarie Barsky interviewed Rickman and provided a good example of proper radio technique journalists should practice. She begins the interview with an introduction of Rickman, which was polite, funny to the point and most importantly, described the overall direction of the interview. She did not leave listeners wondering why Rickman was being interviewed or what the segment was going to be about. She might have been holding the paper a bit too high and relying on the script a bit too much in that moment, but it was still effective. The first question was simple and direct and required Rickman to elaborate. As he answered “Tell me about your character,” she remained interested, maid an “mhm” sound to show she was engaged and did not interrupt. When looking at their eyes, you can tell that they both were making eye contact, showing that she was active and paying attention. Though Barsky was not in control of the equipment, it seemed as though everything was placed correctly (microphones at a 45 degree angle). It’s clear that ABC has the proper setup down pat, so there really is no need for her to hold anything. The interview continued with open-ended questions like “Why did this character speak to you,” which created more full-length answers rather than just “yes” or “no.” There really didn’t seem to be too much silence during the discussion. Being that she had somewhat elaborate questions, she did not have to focus on the awkward silence to force her source to say something. Barsky was polite, efficient and put her subject at ease, enabling him to open up about the movie. She spoke nicely and did not come across as overpowering. She definitely is someone to look to when studying radio...