This past week I was able to channel my inner-DJ and go back to my old radio show host roots with our latest project. The assignment was to create a 20 minute radio show that included an intro, outro, music, bumpers, an audio effect all on the program GarageBand. Our professor explained to us how students in the past have really enjoyed doing this project, and to be honest, I couldn’t wait to get started.
Freshman and sophomore year in college, I was a host of my own sports talk show on the WSUC radio show here at SUNY Cortland. It wasn’t a requirement for a class or anything, I did it because I wanted to. I took a public speaking class in high school and found all the speaking and presenting very easy, so I knew that talking on a live radio show for this project would not be an issue for me. With saying that, I also had to learn how to work the switchboard and audio vault they had in the studio, which was not my expertise. “Just set it up and tell me when we’re on” I used to say, but I couldn’t say the same to my partners/co-hosts Kim and Cassie. I knew this was going to be a lengthy project, so I knew we were going to need chemistry and teamwork. Sure enough, as soon as we met up and began to brainstorm our outline, we got the ball rolling and things were looking good. But o wait…
Ever say to yourself, “Man that would suck if that ever happened…”? Well, some dreams come true, right? As if the fates knew we were getting too cocky with our progress, with just a few clicks our project was half gone.This was no dream; it was a nightmare! I heard the two most subtle words that you don’t ever really want to hear from your partner: “O no.” In between our amazing commercials and funny callers, some of our recordings were deleted and progress was lost. After a brief two minute freak out, we sat back down and collected ourselves because we knew time was against us and we needed to get back into it if we ever wanted to finish.
This time around, we took everything a bit more serious and with a little more caution. NOTE TO EVERYBODY: SAVE YOUR WORK. We had to re-record segments and bumpers we already did, but this time it came out sounding more smooth and natural because it was like reading from the brain, not the page. Our voices were calm and collective (except during the white girl freak out by Kim), but our minds were filled with concern. Should we keep going at it tonight? Are we even going to get this done? This was an intense moment for us, but we came together and pulled through to complete with no other flaws. Kim took the liberty of watching a half hour long documentary on how to use GarageBand, just because she knew that we had to figure it out or else we would be in trouble. It’s effort like that from group members that motivate you to do your part.
Please listen to our radio show and imagine a radio show that is meant to be a hotline for college students stressing out over homework and deadlines. Listen to how we tried to take on the different personalities of college students, while still using our own to create the right segment. We each put our own style into the project and it ended up coming out like we know what we are doing or something.
My job was easy; be creative and be funny. You got it! Coming up with commercial and caller dialogue came easy to me as we each did our own little part to help get us back on track. When it was all said and done, our project turned out great and we can’t wait to let everyone else hear it. We hit rock bottom when some content was deleted, but kept our heads up and carried on. I am extremely happy with the result and even more proud of our team.