Feedback it can help

So I recorded some imaging for a Northern NSW station and got to chatting to the fellow who requested it. He asked for my feedback on improving a voiceover he had done and was quite thankful. I’m not the best with feedback as in a support environment it’s very much find the fault and move on. Finding the positives first and relaying that is a huge challenge for myself. Below is the imaging I did and I’m going to start placing these into Soundcloud.

Touching Moments

Occasionally I have the opportunity to participate in something special and the latest was lending my voice to a trivia night fundraiser community service announcement for a young boy with a serious medical condition. It’s a shame that these shorts of events have to be organised to cover treatment but I guess it does indicate the true hearts of a community coming together. It is these sorts of encounters that remind me of why I’m so passionate about community media and the support in strengthening community involvement. When thinking about where you spend your business promotional budget, remember what community media can do and where your money goes.

Keeping things Fresh

So I passed on yesterdays recording to a production guy and he recommended I get a vocal booth, but throwing a doona over myself will do for now! I use an Avid Fast Track Duo with Pro Tools Express and Audacity for mastering. I need some help in learning the mastering side of things. I’ve been using Pro Tools Express for a bit over a year now but before that it had been over 20 years since I’d touched it. I’m eager to know how often other stations update their identifications, promos and client material.

New Mic Sounds Awesome

One of the ways I keep in touch with the radio industry is Facebook, there are three groups I participate in, “Australian Radio Industry”, “Australian Community Radio Family” and most recently “Voiceshare Australia”. This evening I recorded a voiceover request in the last group and gave my new Rode NT1-A a whirl, the outcome was fantastic and you can listen by clicking below.

Team Effort

I had to fill a few hours on-air today with content as I was alerted to a volunteer presenter being unwell. The playout system I work with is Simian, which is used by a number of stations in Australia including a major commercial network and accompanied by the Natural Software suite of log creation products.

Being involved with a general community broadcaster it’s important to have a system that allows for multiple formats and has an extensive library of music available. At present I have compiled over 8000 songs which I like to this is pretty impressive as I manually prepare these for the system and I started from nothing. To determine what to source, I monitor major station playlists and also make use of some of the great chart books available from here. I’m hoping to get the volunteers to help compile from the most wanted list.

Merging

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I’ve volunteered since I was teenager and I can’t imagine not doing it, feels good to give back to the community while also gaining experience or exposure. I wish more younger people would give it a go!

So my volunteer work is in community media, primarily for my hometown station as remote support. A lot of people don’t seem to understand that through the technology we have today we can play a part on a global stage and this means you don’t have to be physically within reach although that does have its obvious advantages such as the best communication method.

In the abscence of a music director, I do the new additions on the weekend based of the Aircheck National Radio Play Chart, Itunes Chart and Country Tracks Chart. I would add from a rock chart too if I could locate one and I’m not a fan of AMRAP. I have access to PlayMPE & DMDS digital download sites, but lately I’ve noticed a lot of the chart toppers aren’t available through them. I’m also the primary contributor to the station Facebook page at this stage and my studies are proving to be very helpful in increasing engagement.

Most Community Media provides airtime to not-for-profit groups at no charge and commonly through community service announcements (CSA). I’ve watched quite a few community stations decline in the training of live reads. For this reason I’m more of a fan of pre-recording these announcements to give the best result. The days of the CSA physical folder really are quite over in my opinion. I pro-actively approach organisations in the National Health Calendar, school newsletter public notices and various licence area events pages. I email these organisations to see if they would like their organisation or event promoted free of charge. I’m also really quite fond of the RADD campaign that uses celebrity voices to promote against drink driving which generally sends updates through on a Monday.

I think for the general public and even quite a lot of community media volunteers don’t realise how much work goes into creating a combined traffic, music and switching event log. There are many software separation rules to help get a good format and there is ongoing fine tuning.

While there was an outside broadcast yesterday, I came across a reverb issue when disconnects occur with the Tieline Bridge-IT codecs and today found the solution to fix this after a few minutes of reading the manual.

Welcome

My name is Steve and I’m currently studying a Bachelor of IT at Queensland University of Technology, specialising in digital environments. I have been involved with IT and radio since around 1993. This has been through amateur and professional experience with a large proportion of my efforts in the support environment. I’m very geared towards the problem resolution processes of finding business work-arounds, restoring functionality through to resolution and preventative measures. I’m a proactive person in most regards and always looking to raise the bar.

I’ve decided to create this blog to bring together my social media avenues and bond better with those that share my interests and passion. Inspired by Anthony Eden of Media Realm and the very media active Artie Stevens.

I hope to share with you my experiences, opinions, thoughts and to show my passions. This will always be a work in progress and hopefully it will bring reward with it. I look forward to your interaction through the comments you leave.