Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Anecdotes of How Radio Programs Are Really Made

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Anecdotes of How Radio Programs Are Really Made

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Anecdotes of How Radio Programs Are Really Made

John Biewen and Alexa Dilworth, eds. Reality Radio, Second Edition: Telling True Stories in Sound. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, February 13, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3313-8. $29.95. 272pp. 6.125X9.25".

A collection of essays on audio documentary making from the genres top practitioners. This is the second edition, with five added essays that cover recently relevant topics like podcasts. The essays cover techniques for editing radio programs as wells as techniques of great storytelling. The book starts with a Foreword by Starlee Kine, who describes that she developed her first idea for This American Life during a funeral when a movie of her aunt's dad's life played. She then did interviews with those who made these funeral videos, but the interviews were too flat: "Our best interview was a guy walking us through, step by step, how to assemble a digital slideshow." Then, on the last day, they encountered a dramatic movie-star-like character who told them he was gay and that he got into the business because his father was a funeral director, and then showed them the photos he hoped would eventually play at his own funeral. She later learned that the first set of tapes ended up being blank, and the only surviving tape was of the dramatic actor that talked about his family and personal problems. She used this story because: "I wanted to create a show that you experienced instead of just heard told to you" (xi-xiv). …

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