Posted by Willis Arnold
on Feb 16, 2012 in Audios
| Comments Off on News Analysis for Wednesday Feb. 15.
Here is my analysis of new programming provided by four different radio outlets. The BBC Newshour – The Newshour focused primarily on three separates stories over the course of an hour. The entire program had a less scripted feel than either NPR’s Morning Edition or 1010 Wins programing. Each story was longer than the majority of radio pieces I’m used to and I found my attention wandering as a result. These stories were dictated by the host, who seemed to present audio clips as though it were a conversation he was having directly with multiple sources in the field. Each individual’s clip went on for some time, with only minor interjections from the host. The program was also organized from breaking, event news to lighter cultural news toward the end. The program relied heavily on voice with almost no additional sound, which I found unnerving. The most interesting characteristic of the program was it’s attempt to sound investigative in the moment, as though the host were just calling people up and trying to find out exactly what happened, and what people thought about the story. They opened with the world even of the Honduran prison fire. NPR – Morning Edition was snappier than the Newshour, with multiple hosts and dozens of stories. Each story fit within the 2:30 to 5:00 mark, and flowed logically from one story to the next. If a story began with jobs, and Obama was figured in the discussion, the next story was on his administration. Stories seemed strung together and not just set down within the same time slot. Morning Edition seemed to use more sound bites that were obviously gathered before the show. The program didn’t have the same conversational tone as the Newshour and seemed to fall in line with a more print-ish style of “reporting.” This program also utilized more reporter summary and ambient sound, which I felt made the transition from information to clips smoother. They opened with an American focused story as opposed to major world news. 1010 Wins – 1010 Wins scares me. I hadn’t heard of it before I moved to New York and it still seems too abrupt to handle before noon. Their specific formula: news, traffic, weather, sports, business makes it hard for me to pay attention to individual stories. I tend to just classify the story in its category and wait for news that I’m interested in. The tenor of the production seems somewhat like an add from the fifties. It relies more heavily in created sound such as ticker-tape and dramatic tones as opposed to ambient or pure conversation. Almost everyone on the show, reporters or clips sounds like its its from another era. It also seems like they have more ads than the other programs but this might be due to individual online presentations. KEX – Oregon Public Broadcasting. This station’s news program seems to follow the same production ideas as NPR, but with a stronger emphasis on Oregon specific news. They also have a traffic program and use a more produced sounds, running the beginnings of songs in between stories and certain sounds related to topics being discussed. Frequently revisited a story regarding light rail from a few different perspectives. Also utilized call-in on air interviews which I actually didn’t hear on any of the other programs and seems like a characteristic of more community oriented programming. This is from an story that NPR did last week, it captured...