The Radio Production Series – Preparing A Radio Programme

Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

That’s a phrase radio and every single task we do as beings on this planet lives and dies by.

  • Forget to buy milk. You don’t get breakfast.
  • Don’t plant seeds. Harvests won’t grow.
  • Didn’t read the map. You’ll probably get lost.

You get the idea.

Everyday I have to prepare a radio programme and everyday I have to assume that it won’t go to plan. It sounds a bit cynical to think like that, but assuming that what you’ve prepared will get you through an entire show without a hitch is not the smartest move to make.

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The Unwanted Public Voice

Before I get into this, I should probably point out that I actually enjoy watching the Voice – yes it’s a talent show, but without the adverts and a break every 5 minutes, it’s actually quite enjoyable.

However the thing that annoys me more than anything about this year, and hopefully will be fixed for series 3, is the voting system.

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Britain Bangs Musics Drum

Once again the nation has voted with its feet, leaving 2 talented performers to scrap out their worthiness that was eventually sealed by a public vote, while the ludicrous sail through to the next round.

If you haven’t quite worked out that I’m talking about the X-Factor, then I doubt you would be alone (what with their falling ratings and all).

The weekend just past saw Ella and James (the shows 2 best prospects), battle out a last place finish, while Rylan Clark whistled through to the next round of the competition. What’s really sad is that this could have all been changed by the public vote…alas.

So the question I ask you, the reader of this page, is just what classifies being an X-Factor contestant? Apparently shoddy singing and choirs to mask dodgy vocals so it seems. Why is it that genuine talent is being pushed stage left, while the side shows waltz through? What is it that connects the public to them?

I suppose you could say that it’s the British stiff upper lip mentality of rooting for the underdog, but maybe the taste test bar is higher than the table everyone is sitting at…and I’m not just talking about the X Factor.