PRODUCTION WEEK 5 (23rd February – 2nd March)
In preparation for our first on air week, my first priority was to edit and get the podcast to a high standard, taking on the advice that Matthew had given us after the pilot show. Hannah and I then recorded the additional feature for the show called “What Does Y2K Mean To Me?” In which, we get vox pops from listeners who tell us about what they love about Y2K that relates to the theme of the week, and we then comment on what they thought. I think this is a good starting feature for the podcast, because it sets up the idea of Y2K and some general thoughts as to why people think Y2K is significant, before talking to our expert who lived through the Y2K era, and we then decide the win and the sin based on all of these factors. I then edited two versions, one with a song and ident for the on air version, and one without which went on Soundcloud. After the first show, Matthew gave us some feedback and we took this into account when recording entertainment week. (It was recorded today – Tuesday 2nd March). We did have some parts already recorded for entertainment week, but decided that it would be best to re record the intro to make it sound more chatty as this was one of the feedback given from Matthew, and I’m really happy with how it sounds! Another idea was suggested is that we ask people questions about the introductory package, which we did. We also made sure to make separate links for social medias and give each social media an identity. Eg. people would go to Twitter to say where they recognise the introductory package from, and they would go to Instagram to send us voice notes for the What Does Y2K Mean To Me feature. Another piece of feedback was about the beds and idents. I’ve turned up the volume of the idents in between each feature, as they were there in the first episode but I don’t think they were loud enough. I’m also going to look for a more upbeat bed to use for this weeks episode when I finish editing.
Another task that I did which was set last week was creating the website feature. Andrea and I had a zoom meeting together where we came up with a script to make sure to mention the articles and quizzes that were on the website, I then recorded this and edited in the backing music which was Toxic by Britney Spears, and Andrea found a few clips that went with things that I spoke about and I edited them in. I’m really happy with how it sounded, and I think the use of Toxic by Britney Spears as a bed was effective not only because it was very fitting for the station, but because I could use certain parts as the song to act as musical punctuation. Hannah will be recording the website feature for next week, as I will be on the Top Five feature with Lauren, as we’re chatting about our top 5 Friends moments as the show ran from 94-04, and we’re both very passionate about the show! I’m looking forward to recording it, as there’s so many great moments. Charlie said that it is important to make it so that it is still relatable to people that have not watched Friends, and explain why we think they should watch it, so we will take this on board when recording.
Matthew also mentioned editing into the competition readout that I edited that I should find a clip of the voiceover artist Travis saying the name of the website url, but unfortunately there was no clip of this so I couldn’t do it! I did however edit the end of the song as advised by Simon, to make the ‘If You Wanna Be My Lover’ lyric louder and punchier. I did this and put it on the drive, and I think it sounds a lot better.
Another task I set myself was to write an article for the website. I wrote an article about 6 times that celebrities today have revived Y2K fashion in their music videos. I also gathered the pictures too, and put this all on google drive so that Andrea could update it on the website and keep things in the same format. I’m going to write out 2 more articles for this week, as they’re topics I’m really passionate about. The first article being about the Nintendo DS and the games that could be played on it, and what’s making a comeback today, as this was mentioned in the Win or Sin part of Hannah & I’s entertainment podcast. I’m also going to be writing an article about different tv shows of the Y2K era, and their different genres. Part of this will include Friends for the sitcom genre, as it relates to the Top Five segment that Lauren and I will record.
Finally, (and most importantly as it is my main role!), I spent a lot of time working on more social media output for Y2KReloaded, taking on board Matthew’s advice from the pilot show and creating some unique content that was only available on certain platforms so that everything wasn’t just a carbon copy and giving people a reason to engage in each of the social media platforms. For example, I made a photo album on Instagram for Top 5, which had a photo album that related to the top 5 content that was discussed on air. In addition to this, I also made a table on google docs for captions, so that I could simply copy and paste the captions during showtime instead of frantically typing them out to get them to post on time. I made some captions the same if all posts were going to be the same (eg. at the beginning of the show I posted a picture onto all platforms so people can visualise the presenters), but aside from this they had slightly different phrasing (eg. ‘go to our instagram to see our top fives!). I also made a full social media running order for the live shows, and for what I would post throughout the week for off air content. I think that this was really effective, and helpful during the live show as I printed it off and ticked off as I posted so that I didn’t get lost. I also had 3 devices on the go: Phone, Laptop & iPad, so that each post could go out at the exact same time. I think this was effective and for this week I will make another social media running order, as well as a captions sheet. I will also make some more content that will match the on air output.
- Find more upbeat beds to use for each feature of the Podcast
- Finish editing Week 2 Podcast
- Record Top Five with Lauren
- Write 2 Articles
- Make social media content to match on air output
- Create social media running orders – on air and off air
- Create captions sheet
PRODUCTION WEEK 4 (16th February – 22nd February)
Because I had created the majority of the social media posts that I would need for the shows off and on-air output in production weeks 1-3, my main focus for this week was on The Y2k Time Machine Podcast. Hannah and I recorded the interview with Janine, which we both thought went really well. We asked her if she wanted to record 2 episodes in 2 different sessions, but she said that she was happy to record all 4 interviews in one go. She was really chatty, and the energy was high throughout. In the end we spoke for 1 hour 20! I edited the audio down into a shorter clip, and sent it over to Hannah who liked the sound of it. We also recorded our chatty parts to go around it on Friday afternoon. I then edited this together with the interview that I had recorded prior, and made sure to include the great introductory audio package that Hannah made. During our group meeting on Sunday, we listened to the first episode together, and I was really happy when my teammates said that they enjoyed listening to the podcast and even laughed at some of our conversations. (I didn’t realise how passionate I was about low rise jeans and small sunglasses until I was recording, but there we go!). Matthew also listened before our pilot show, and said that he liked it but thought we could have made the opening part a bit more chatty, and made sure to explain just exactly what ‘wins and sins’ are, and the purpose of the time machine. Hannah and I then went on a zoom call and made some adjustments to the script, and recorded our changes. I then went and edited it together on the audition multitrack that I had open, and wetransferred it to Lauren who kindly uploaded it to radio.co in time, as my upload speed on my wifi is horrifically slow. We later on discussed adding another feature which had another chatty element as this is definitely mine and Hannah’s strong point of the podcast, we will be recording this part on Wednesday at 12pm, in time for another run through that we agreed as a class on Thursday.
Another task that I had set myself was to make a few more social media posts. I made them to showcase the contributors that will be interviewed on air, and I’m really happy with how they looked! After creating these, it had meant that I could make a social media running order for the pilot. Unfortunately due to a situation that had increasingly developed amongst my family that has been discussed with Matthew and other members of my team, I didn’t have time to make a full social media running order for the full 4 weeks of on air and off air content. I did however, make sure that I made a schedule for the pilot as this would be important. Due to my lack of time because of the family situation as previously mentioned, I didn’t get a chance to make a proper one and instead copy and pasted the running orders that were for the other shows on google drive and replaced one of the end columns with my social media posts. Screenshots can be seen of my word document on google drive, because for some reason it said the word document would take 630 hours to upload?! My plan over this next week is to make a proper social media running order for the next 4 weeks and the individual Monday’s themselves so that it is easier to understand and would be more detailed.
I edited the competition readout too, after Charlie had put the audio from our voiceover Travis on the google drive. I’m really happy with how it sounded, as I think the wannabe instrumental underneath was a good fit. I made sure to time it well so that as soon as Travis was finished talking, the ‘If You Wanna Be My Lover’ lyric plays out to end the readout. Matthew said that he liked it, but asked if it would be possible to have the voiceover saying the url of our website instead of ‘check out our website’. Charlie mentioned that we have some audio of him saying this so I will get in contact with her and ask where this can be located on the drive and see if it fits. I also edited together the video of our group lip syncing to Wannabe for the competition, and everyone really liked it. It was really fun to do and make, and even if we haven’t been able to go into the studios, it was a nice momento to remember our work on the station. I’m looking forward to posting it and see what sort of reception it gets, and what other people that duet it will make!
The other task that I had set myself was to write an article for the website that I had agreed that I would write with Andrea. As mentioned above, my family emergency had to take priority over a couple of days in the week, so I told myself that I would just have to prioritise the work that was needed to be done for the pilot (eg. the social media running order, editing the competition readout and the podcast as this would actually be put on air). As writing an article wasn’t necessary for the pilot, I told myself that I would write it this week instead. I spoke about this with Andrea today, and told her that I would write the article for fashion week after I have finished working on the podcast with Hannah and she agreed that this was ok.
Another major thing that happened this week was the pilot show and the meeting prior to the pilot show. It was really nice to chat to everyone on Sunday evening for a group meeting, and was a well needed distraction. It also made me feel a lot more confident about the work that I had created in the competition readout, and the podcast with Hannah as mentioned above. It was also really nice to hear other people’s work that they had done, and made me feel confident about the final product as I feel like it’s all come together really well. I felt like this even more during the pilot, and I really enjoyed hearing all the on air content, that everyone has worked so hard to make. I did struggle a bit posting to social media, as I used my phone to post on all 3 platforms. But I have decided that for our group run through on Thursday and for all of the shows in the future, I will use multiple devices dedicated to different platforms so that it’ll be easier to post. As we also had a bit of a problem with the stream at the beginning I missed out posting the beginning parts of the show, so I am looking forward to having another run through on Thursday. Matthew mentioned making sure that the content posted on platforms was unique to each platform and not just a carbon copy, so I will make sure to look at each post and see how I can optimise the content for each platform before our group run through on Thursday. A couple of examples of the posts can be seen below.
One of the things that was discussed was adding another part of the show to feature the on-air content and articles, as we are now adding 20 more minutes to our on-air output after the changes that were discussed after our pilot. Andrea and I will come up with a script together for a 2 minute feature that I will record a voiceover for. I am looking forward to this, as I like the idea of practicing my voiceover work. We will have a meeting together Wednesday at 5pm.
All in all, I think that it has been a pretty productive week, and I am looking forward to our run through on Thursday that we agreed we’d be having as a class to get everything really smooth. I’m also really looking forward to the show on Monday, as I loved listening to the great content that we all put out to make.
To Do This Week:
- Gather vox pops, and record additional feature with Hannah
- Edit the feature into the podcast
- Create a few more social media posts, exclusive to some platforms
- Make a social media running order for the individual show, and the whole week
- See if I can fit in the voiceover saying ‘y2kreloaded.com’ in the competition readout
- Create script for 2 minute website feature with Andrea
- Record the voiceover for the 2 minute website feature
- Write an article for the website for fashion week
PRODUCTION WEEKS 1 – 3 (25th January – 15th February)
After creating a PowerPoint presentation with Hannah with our ideas for a Y2K themed radio station, I was really happy when the group chose our idea. We’ve had lots of meetings that have adapted our idea to become what Y2KReloaded is, and I’m very happy with the outcome and looking forward to getting the station on air, as this is definitely a station that I’d listen to myself!
When choosing the roles, I put myself forward to be the head of social media, as well as helping Andrea who was in charge of the website. I put myself forward for this because I think that createing social media content is one of my strong points, and I really enjoyed doing this for our music radio station from second year, so I am planning to use the feedback I received in order to better my content for pop up.
In the beginning few weeks, I helped out Andrea with coming up with content for the website. I have been a part of several web team meetings with Andrea, Charlie and Hannah in the beginning few weeks. During these meetings I took minutes so we can look back on Andrea has done the main building of the website as this is her role, but we all contributed our thoughts about how it could look and colour schemes etc. to make it what it is today. I also created lots of Y2K themed quizzes, inspired by both BuzzFeed and my work experience at Fun Kids, and I found a suitable way to display them on the website, and showed Andrea how to display the quizzes that she wanted to make too. I made a little ‘quiz’ asset that would go on each of the cover pictures, to give each picture a running theme, and so that they can look more unified on the page. An example of one of the cover pictures that I’ve made, along with the ‘Quiz’ asset can be seen below.
In these meetings we also spoke about the audio branding. It was decided that we should have more of a male voice on the station, since we are all female and don’t want to exclude one demographic. Charlie suggested having the voice of a Californian man, as this is very on brand for the Y2K aesthetic, and will also give a bit more diversity to the brand since we’ll be an internet station for people to listen to anywhere in the world. We scrolled through Fiverr together and found a good sounding voice that we will use for the competition readout, and that will say the idents and jingles for our station. We also found the voice of a ‘valley girl’, and we will ask her to read out the same idents as the Californian man in order to give a bit of a diversity to the jingles.
In addition to this: Charlie, Andrea, Hannah and I came up with an idea for the competition. We experimented with lots of different ideas and prizes, from a signed Spice Girls book, to a gift card for retro sweets. In the end we settled on the signed A4 Spice Girls Print because it meant that the competition can be more themed around the Spice Girls. So far, I’ve written the competition readout that has been sent off to our voiceover artist that we found on Fiverr for the audio branding. As the Y2KReloaded team will be making our own TikTok for people to duet to, I sent the team a clip of the specific part that they need to record themselves lip syncing to so I can edit everything into one big video. They will be sending me the videos by Friday, and I’m looking forward to editing it all together! When we have got the competition readout back, I will also edit this for our pilot on Monday.
Hannah and I are also working on the podcast, and came up with the name ‘The Y2K Time Machine’, to give the feeling that we’re stepping back in time. I contacted a contributor, Retro Avocado, who has 92k followers, and 2.2million likes on TikTok for her Y2K content. We thought that she would be perfect to ask to be our Y2K expert, because she has so many videos about all things that we are covering on our station: fashion, entertainment, technology and culture of the Y2K era. Hannah and I are interviewing her on the 16th of February at 5pm our time, and then after this on Thursday we will be recording our chatty bits of the podcast together. Hannah has made some great introductory packages, and I will edit this into the final product. For now, my main focus will be to edit the fashion week together, as that is the week of our pilot and our first show the following week later.
Finally, in terms of my own role for creating social media content, I have been creating things for both the website and for our social media output. I have made a profile picture for the podcast, and the 5v5 show. I also made a promotional picture for the podcast that Andrea wanted for the website that made it look like you could listen to the podcast on apple. I have also created a meme template for Andrea, so that she could use to create memes on social media as she expressed that this is something that she would like to do. I have also made some screencap posts, which match the theme of the week and are taken from a variety of different movies, tv shows etc from the Y2K era that mention things related to the week. Eg. I have a screencap of Cher from clueless saying that they are “desperate for a makeover” which I will use to promote fashion week. I have also created content for shows individually, such as the 5v5s for Charlie and Marlyse’s show, and for some of the segments for Lauren’s talk show. The main inspiration for making these posts was the idea that they were cut from a Y2K magazine, hence why there is a lot of overlapping of hearts and stickers, and the image of sellotape hanging up the posters, to give this retro effect.
I showed the group at the end and they liked what I’ve created. I only have a few more to make this week, and then I can make the social media running order.
To Do This Week:
- Record podcast interview with Hannah
- Record chatty parts of podcast with Hannah
- Create the final few social media posts that are to do with show content
- Make a social media running order
- Edit the competition readout
- Edit the podcast (first episode most important)
- Create some articles for the website