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.
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.