Brief summary of activityThis activity presents participants with their first experience of presenting a 'live' programme
Aim of the activityTo be able to present a basic live programme
Expected OutcomesAt the end of the activity, participants would have experienced:
Preparing and presenting a live programme with guests (either in the studio or on the telephone), jingles and recorded materials
Learning how to handle unexpected situations (musical "blackout", technical difficulties)
experience and skills requiredExperience in the use and troubleshooting of studio
infrastructure, setting, resourcesStudio or portable studio
MaterialsRecordings previously produced during the course
How the activity should take placeOne by one the participants will enter the studio and take their place in front of the microphone. They will encounter music or some other pre-recorded material and have to find a way of drawing the audience's attention to the content of the broadcast. They will be "thrown into the deep end" with this activity. Their performance will be listened to, evaluated and discussed by the trainer and the participants.
There will be an exercise practicing combining two different pieces of radio content. The participants will have to try to combine two separate pieces of radio content while maintaining the rhythm of the programme in a way that is presentable to the audience. The instructors should give the participants separate pieces of radio content to work for this activity (music, speech, two songs differing in tempo and/or genre). The presentations and a feedback round will follow.
There will be an activity in which the participants practice combining music with a live interview in a studio or over the phone according to the parameters defined before.
The participants will present a short piece of news followed by an interview either with a studio guest or over the telephone.
The participants will be asked to prepare and present content. During their presentation the trainer will create an unexpected disturbance, e.g. unplug his/her headphones, turn off his/her microphone, create a technical fault during music play, have people enter the studio with breaking news etc. The purpose of this activity is to gain experience in dealing with unexpected events while presenting. Following this there will be a discussion session working out the methods in dealing with such situations.
This activity will focus on the programme scheme. The participants will be divided into two groups. Each group will be asked to come up with a morning or afternoon two-hours programme plan. Alternatively the participants can form one group to create a 3-hour programme plan. They will use the material already recorded, but should also follow the selected topic. The purpose of this activity is for the participants to become aware that as all-round broadcasters they will become a part of a programme's production process.
Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio1 to 1 in the studio
Risk and possible adaptationIt would be recommended to shorten and make this an orientation session for participants with vision impairment/blindness or learning difficulties
Analysis and evaluationCan participant troubleshoot?
Have they experience 'live' radio?