Radio Broadcasting at Headspace

By Andrew Hudson

Friday 27th May 2016

This week was focused on radio broadcasting, managed by a young professional named Kirsty and, as always, I was somewhat overwhelmed with anxious anticipation as to the content of the session; that is would I be encouraged or compelled into performing or speaking to the group. Although I was unable to attend the previous radio broadcast session, this was my chief concern seeing as confidence and people skills are essential requirements for success in the broadcast industry. But again, the session comprised a cordial and light-hearted atmosphere with enjoyable and involving tasks, the first of which being the naming of radio stations, past and present. We were asked as a group to think of as many active, or inactive, radio stations that have operated over the years.
The purpose of this first activity was to analyse and interpret these titles and try to establish the information they convey as to the variety of music the stations offer their listeners. This exercise proved especially useful by way of facilitating the viability of devising names of our own, which was our second task. In regards to the first task, a selection of impressive suggestions was put forward relating to the possible meanings underlying the names radio stations adopt, many of which had never crossed my mind. Furthermore, I had never considered the careful rumination methods radio companies tackle to decide on a name for their station; the brainstorming and the debates, for example.
As I mentioned, the second exercise asked us to brainstorm titles for a radio station of our own. Again, I witnessed significant bouts of originality and imagination emerging from this task, as well a vast range of comedic and youthful variations. The group was divided into two to reduce the daunting and intimidation level and subsequently maximise creativity in those who may have been subject to withdrawal due to discomfort. Kirsty was very supportive and understanding in regards to adapting the working environment to cater for members’ concerns. I, for one, certainly work best in such an environment; being among larger groups can sometimes affect my concentration capacities.
Anyway, for this activity we were reminded to maintain simplicity when generating names, with limitations being restricted to two or three words. Many different approaches were undertaken in response to this, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Ideas included Fusion FM, Debut FM and Bolton Radio. Following this, we were asked to choose one idea and create a slogan for it.
This is where the excitement attained a higher status. We were provided an opportunity to experiment with GarageBand and compose a soundtrack to accompany the slogan. The software offers an extensive selection of preinstalled pieces of reasonably decent quality, as well as the option to record vocals onto the computer, which can also be manipulated. Although I opted out of supplying my vocals as a contribution to the exercise, I derived plenty of enjoyment from experimenting with the musical components of the activity. I sensed an unequivocal eagerness from all parties to become involved; the vocal contributions, however limited, were as joyfully humorous as they were pertinent. Nobody regarded themselves as solemn, and in turn each became recipients of profound reverence. The result of the task was exciting and creative, and some of the slogans touched upon professionalism and realism. This exemplifies the range of talent we have among us.
What I got out of this session was a series of exercises designed to succumb to the satisfaction of members seeking an alternative approach to time-consumption, whilst boosting skills and abilities in the process. This session meets, if not exceeds, those standards on all levels. This is another example of a group in which I feel comfortable and proud to be involved in. It’s proved a significant step in assisting members’ further towards recovery because it’s an environment which settles and comforts and, most importantly, supports us.
Overall I found this to be an engaging and informative session, full of life and vigour. The enthusiasm for the project is profoundly tangible, and the attendance rate was typically high. I’m really looking forward to what more the course has to offer and will post again in due course.

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