At home, I made sure to listen to a couple of different shows to get an idea of how to produce certain stories, making it appropriate for the demographic of our show:

  • The Hits Radio Breakfast – 3rd April: Friendly and chatty atmosphere between all the presenters, making jokes about being stuck at home eg: “get in contact, I’d love to hear another voice right now”, and “quaran-chilling”.
  • Radio 1 Breakfast Show – 2nd April: Use of internet celebrities that may appeal to the target demographic to talk about Coronavirus related stories that might have not been as engaging for the audience before. Relaxed language and a friendly presenting style, and a high use of beds and stabs to keep engagement.
  • Capital Breakfast – 3rd April: Talking to celebrities who are in quarantine, support for NHS etc. Talking about the houseparty app, and how they’re going to be spending their Friday night chatting to their friends.

All of the shows asked their audience to get in contact and text in how they’re spending their time in isolation, so I incorporated a similar element during the phone in part of my show.

As all of these radio stations had around a similar demographic to the show that I planned. (Give or take a couple of years). Then this gave me a further idea on the sort of topics to discuss that would be of an interest to the target audience.



To gather an idea of callers, and how to treat them, we listened to Eddie Mair on LBC and It’s Your Call on 5Live Drive.

Like the listening over the previous weeks, both shows had different approaches. It was discussed in class that It’s Your Call was the preferred production style, mainly due to the bed at the beginning which made the show seem more lively and engaging.

Taking this into account, when creating the running order and script for my individual talk radio show, I made sure to put in beds whenever the presenter is talking (except from the serious story at the beginning), to help keep the audience engaged and entertained throughout. Following on from last weeks listening to Radio 1Xtra, I also made sure to incorporate lots of stabs and idents to add to the energetic feel of the show.



Over these weeks, we listened to Broadcasting House and Radio1Xtra Stories.

This was to further develop our ideas of what a magazine programme should sound like, but in two very different styles.

Due to both show’s very different target audiences, they both sounded pretty different. Radio 1Xtra Stories was a lot more built up, using beds, stabs, idents and less formal language to appeal to a younger audience. Because the target audience for our own show is between the ages of 16-35, I therefore took this approach when planning the running order for the show, and made sure to incorporate these production features throughout to keep the show engaging to listen to.



For the first piece of listening this week, I listened to Eamon Holmes on Talk Radio on the 29th of January, and Michelle and Tony on 5Live Drive from the 30th of January.

Both of these shows helped me to gather an idea of what the final show would be like, such as how topics are discussed, as I hadn’t listened to a magazine programme before!

They also helped me to gather an idea of what style I preferred more for the show, as it was agreed in class the Talk Radio show had a chattier style to it, compared to 5Live Drive.


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