Being creative with content

In the ‘thinking about voice’ section of this guide we suggested that you should ‘be yourself’ on air.  This will certainly help you to make innovative and creative programmes that sound different to the programmes you might hear on commercial and public service broadcasting platforms.

However, you might also want to consider other ways you might be ‘creative’ in thinking about content and the way that you present your shows.

 

Think about:

  • doing things differently.  Do you have to do an interview in a set question and answer manner or could you do something more creative such as creating a vox pop piece in which you edit together a variety of views on a topic or getting two people into the studio with opposing views?
  • asking different kinds of questions. If you do do a straightforward interview think carefully about your questions and try to make them interesting and different.
  • choosing interesting topics that other people might not think of.  What are your interests?  Do you know anyone who does something wild, wacky or unusual?
  • being creative with format.  You don’t have to plan a show that has features and interviews – consider alternative formats and genres such as radio drama, documentary and live shows that cover local events

 

CASE STUDY: SoundArt Radio

SoundArt radio is a community organisation working in the south west of England.  They are committed to providing informal learning opportunities through sound art and radio and like to bring people together to ‘do their own thing’.  They provide resources and support for arts based activities centred around making sound art.

In some recent workshops they worked in schools to deliver a workshop in which young people made a 3D sound piece, which involved people moving around a space with different sounds happening as you walked around. A show was then scheduled to go out on the radio and listeners were asked to listen to the audio with headphones on and closing their eyes.  The show they produced also involved the young people talking about how they had gone about making the show and what they had learnt during the process (i.e. reflection).