A music radio blog by Stephen Bailey.

Production week one:

Day one of music radio group work went pretty to plan, with us as a group effectively working together to sort an initial playlist, forming feature proposals, establishing (since on day one itself we weren’t too clear as to) who would be doing what all alongside starting to think of how our programme would sound too. Music, especially music policy so what was going to be played plus what really wouldn’t get on-air, was a key focus of the day. We decided to have a playlist of around one hundred core tracks, most of which would be well-known to our audience, then have a small A, B, C style playlist too of newer songs to add into the rotation. At a later date, in the next session or one after that we will put together a show clock to run from to. This is alongside a running order.

In this week we made our main programme document which is available via Google Docs online.

We decided a music policy in week one, our music policy is to ‘showcase the jazz classics and new jazz too’. This is what we work off.

My team role is to be the presenter. However will be assisting in all other parts of production too, including producing advertising plus having a say on what goes through to be played. This is important because as the presenter I need to interact properly with songs being played on our mock station and programme too.  Just presenting is not fair because whilst this role does require some prior research it can be seen as a get out clause, to not do much production work beforehand.


Production week two:

Since this week, that being our first week producing things and starting to plan out our Jazz programme. Finding a name is something I have been thinking about however since this show sits on a commercial station it’s likely, and fitting too, if we just choose to call our show by our presenters (so mine and Shammy’s) names. In this second week, we covered playlists. Understanding how important music is. Then looked at what we would be interested in playing. And we decided on a playlist, with an A, B plus recurrent/gold hits too. We will have a selection of new jazz songs, then these songs will be accompanied by a gold/recurrent core playlist of near a hundred tracks to build our playlist on.

We have started to plan features too then build a clock. In the next coming weeks, we will start to focus on building this clock more. I hope soon myself plus fellow presenter Shammy can start to think where features will work best.


Production week three:

Recently we have learned all things ad production related plus covered what goes into making. A useful tool to consider its importance. Because ultimately as our lecturer Matthew pointed out, commercial radio provides an audience therefore without advertisements it wouldn’t continue to run. We made mock ads then considered how we may produce ads for our station/programme too.

We have sat to plan our playlist. Ryan, our Head of Music, has made our made playlist then will build this up, add it to Myriad too. We have, on the Friday itself, ran through our advertisements, taking a minute to try to play out those spot adverts. We are all going to write an advert each with someone, Ginny, taking responsibility for ensuring all are produced. We have to make fifteen though will aim to do more than that.

Branding, how the station will sound on air, has been thought about too. We need to target a JAzz FM audience however do not want our station to sound exactly the same.


Production week four:

Forth week into producing our music radio uni wasn’t the most productive week on a personal level because I spent Thursday on a Student Radio Association tour of BBC Radio 1 then Global’s group in Central London. Thankfully my jazz production team kept me in the loop by letting me know what they’d been up to, producing ads, working on scripts however taking a focus on making mock station/programme imaging including a top of the hour jingle plus a news bed. On this day I made notes from my time touring radio station, finding out as much about presenting as I could do which I put to action.

Day two of week four was spent planning out where to go from here on in. Also it is worth mentioning we as a class set out a list of rules to start following, a contract to some extent, for us to start working better collectively as a group as industry would very much expect us to do so. I spent this day working on my jazz presenting style by recording almost ten mock links to perfect a slower, relaxing style of presenting. These links can be accessed on our groups Google Docs folder. We started to think through our features too. Plus managed to plan out our programme clock, which can be used for both hour one and hour two too. We decided upon five or six links, perhaps a couple more or a couple less, an hour because otherwise we would overcrowd a commercial radio programme of which listeners listen to mainly for music nothing more. My to do list includes focusing on features, as a presenter come producer features, to understand how they could work alongside how they would be worded too. We are each attempting to produce some advertisements too to share a workload.

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