Hear, Hear Geeta! Plains FM, a Community Radio Station in Christchurch, NZ, is
exceptionally good. They were, in my day, run by people with a vision of good
broadcasting and excellent equipment. Are they online yet?
I hope and trust they remain , just that, today. They were the voice of the
people - the stuff that the bigger stations wouldn't touch. Infact, all radio
began like that before the Government go invovled.
Over here, I have heard some terrible radio stations (momentarily, granted), but
I will not listen to crap, especially when I am not working.
I have also heard some very good community stations - my recommendation is -
stop compressing the hell out of it.......digital clipping is nasty and sounds
worse on the wireless/car radio - drive-time!
Today is my last day at USM and am off to LA>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>more
drive-time, or decent CD's;-)
Quoting Geeta Jatania <[log in to unmask]>:
> I think it's important to take into account that community radio can only be
> as good as the resourcing that it's provided with.
> The station may not have sufficient funds to purchase quality equipment or
> even maintain it adequately. Also, people who broadcast are often amateurs
> and may not have been given correct training in using equipment.
> I was fortunate enough to have worked in arguably the best community radio
> station in New Zealand (Plains FM 96.9). The reasons for its success were
> that it was set up by experienced broadcasters and supported by qualified
> technicians. It also was dedicated to giving the community a voice. The
> ecclectic variety of programme content was well balanced with a dedication
> from staff to provide training for broadcasters to attain and maintain a
> standard. Furthermore, Plains FM successfully sought sufficient funding to
> provide quality equipment to broadcast with.
> Unfortunately not all stations are lucky enough to have such a successful
> formula. I think we should be mindful that many stations have limited
> funding and might not have the means to use a high standard of equipment or
> to train amateur broadcasters how to use equipment properly. Also it may be
> difficult for them to monitor the quality of sound going to air.
> Perhaps some constructive feedback to the station might help the announcers
> improve their technique.
> Geeta Jatania
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lou Judson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, 14 July 2006 12:41 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Community Radio
> I just tuned in for the past two minutes, and heard sevral of my pet
> peeves about community radio - low voiced announcers who don't turn up
> their mic, squeaky studio chairs, and music ten times louder than the
> voice... but the sound is good and the music fine!
> Tell Sara Finke to speak up a bit - and don't start sentences with
> "And" if she can.
> Thanks for the link, these are really petty problems. If the music is
> good one can ignore the announcers... when they are too soft.
> Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
> On Jul 13, 2006, at 11:31 AM, H. Duane Goldman wrote:
> > I urge all to visit one the the finest independent radio stations in
> > the country: KDHX in St. Louis; http://www.kdhx.org.
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Center for Oral History & Cultural Heritage
University of Southern Mississippi