Brief summary of activity

This activity is about listening to examples of different programme features and exploring the structure, content, presentation style, etc.

Aim of the activity

To be informed of the role and significance of a programme structure in a radio station
To be informed of different kinds of programme structure and their characteristics

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the activity, participants will know about
The definition of a programme structure
Different kinds of programme structure (summer structure, weekend programme, daytime programme, evening programme etc.)
Drama on radio
The principles of creating a programme structure and the factors influencing it
The significance of a programme's specific tone (image shaping elements, ambiance, prevailing tone etc.) Different kinds of radio stations (public, commercial, community radios) and their different concepts of a programme structure

experience and skills required

Background experience on programme features and genre.

infrastructure, setting, resources



60 minutes


Photocopies of different programme structures

How the activity should take place

Examples of different kinds of radio stations will be given to the participants. They will be given 15 minutes to find differences between them. A discussion about the differences will follow.

Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio

10 ( 4 to 1 for vision impaired/blind trainees and participants with learning difficulties)

Risk and possible adaptation

For Vision Impaired/Blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties it could be an idea to play different audio clips from radio programmes from different radio stations so they can find the different styles in the programme structure and content, and discuss it with the participants.
Open a discussion, what radio stations do they listen to? what kind of programmes? What do they like about them?
Then a discussion can be opened about the type of programmes the participants would like to produce, the structure, content, different sections.

Tips for Trainers

Keep the recordings short. Notice the principal elements associated to the feature or genre, and highlight them if they are not mentioned by participants.

Analysis and evaluation

Do participants understand the different programme structures. different kinds of programme structure, the principles of creating a programme structure and the factors influencing it (tone, ambiance, etc) and how different kinds of radio stations (public, commercial, community radios) affect their different concepts of a programme structure.


Before Planning a programme.
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