Blake and Lena introduced their broadcast of RWAV in a highly informative and professional fashion. It set up what was to come and gave listeners a really good sense of what was coming up on the show. It was a great addition to mention RRR online, it functioned as both a clever station ID and as a reminder that all the content from the show can be found online, which encourages listeners to interact and follow up on the show after its initial broadcast. The music was very appropriate for RRR and appealed to me as a listener, there was an eclectic mix and each song complemented the next with an appropriate amount of Australian content. The interview relating to the art exhibition and social project Alone Together In Conversation and In Thought was really well done, the levels were great and the relaxed nature of the conversation made it really easy to listen to. The content was relevant to listeners; I think loneliness is a ubiquitous sensation and something that everyone can relate to. By discussing this emotion via the paradigm of art, I think the team really imbued the topic with an interesting angle that promoted the project and it’s intention for social awareness and acknowledgment in a non-commercial and sensitive way.
Blake and Lena did a sterling job of back announcing all their songs and segments with contextual detail which is greatly appreciated by listeners; there’s nothing more frustrating than hearing about a fantastic exhibition but not being told where it is or how to get involved. Blake and Lena did a really good job of keeping listeners informed about what they were hearing and ways they could pursue areas that took their interest outside of the program.
The segment ‘Around Melbourne in 80 seconds’ provided the most informal part of the show and gave listeners recommendations for things they could do in Melbourne that night. These kind of fast facts are great for radio because they capture the attention of people who are listening (despite the fact they are often doing something else while listening) because they are crafted for them, to enhance their experiences and enrich their lives. Segments like this are what I would describe as ‘oh!’ segments, people hear about interesting things going on close to them and think ‘oh!’ I should go to that, it’s tonight!’ and are instantly intrigued, and listen more closely. The levels were a little bit jumpy and the delivery was a little bit scripted, but overall, I think the segment was worthwhile and really gave something to listeners that they could walk away with and enjoy outside of the program.
Having a phone interview gave the show really good sonic texture, and go team two for taking the plunge of a live interview that relied on using the phone, scary stuff! The interview provided a comprehensive overview of the emerging sport ‘Roller Derby’, which is a sport I don’t think a lot of Melburnians would be particularly well versed in. However, having the focus on Adeleide made the whole interview a little bit abstract and hard to idenify with as a Melbourne based listener. However, the interview definitely provided me with informative facts about something I would otherwise have been ignorant of. I think an interview like this would inspire a lot of people to perhaps get involved in the sport, or research it further. As a listener, hearing the interviewee describe the rules conjured images of a fun and unique sport, and hearing his own personal stories gave the interview nice texture, but overall, it was the information in this interview that gave it its strength, it just would have been nice to perhaps provide some information on how to get involved in Melbourne, as hearing about Adelaide doesn’t provide the immediate audience with an easy opportunity to get involved. Also, RRR is a very Melbourne based station which is why the story about Degraves street worked so well, this segment could let down the Melbourne focus of the station.
There was a bit of an awkward silence after the Bear in Heaven song, but the guys picked it up well by throwing in another reference to the RRR Website. The addition of Sonja into the show gave the show nice texture, and she was obviously very informed on the subject she was discussing – as a RRR listener, the discussion of search engines was a little bit abstract, and quite specific, I got a bit lost as to how the discussion related to me and my experience of the web, but as a student of the media, I understood why they were discussing the topic as an ‘issue’. I think a better description of the way these ‘online curators’ are affecting the general public would have been more appropriate for the ‘everyday’ RRR listener. I feel like the segment went a bit long, and was perhaps not relevant enough to warrant the amount of time spent on it.
The interview with Sticky Institute director was one of the stronger segments, it was extremely relevant to the development of self-published works being recognised as a genuine art form and would have intrigued a lot of listeners via its discussion of an ‘underground community’. Again, the locality of the community made it accessible and exciting for listeners, and potentially made them feel more involved in the discussion as the movement is literally occurring around them. It was interesting to hear the comparison between Melbourne culture and London culture gave the interview great dynamic, and the interview subject really good authority on the topic and gave his personal insights a lot more relevance and strength.
I would have liked to hear a bit more conversational interaction from Blake and Lena, they often alternated speaking which made the presentation a little bit stilted and self conscious, I think by relaxing a bit, the show would have been a bit more playful and engaging. Technically, the transitions between songs and presenting could have been tighter, and although the panel operator did manage to fade the songs out, there was often still silence before the presenters came in. This is obviously a small criticism, and impacted only slightly on the overall show, but even a short silence seems so long on radio! The show was really well structured and provided a good range of segments which catered to an eclectic audience which is vital when catering to the tastes of RRR listeners, the focus on artistic and underground communities would have again appealed to RRR listeners as research shows these alternative communities and lifestyles are common areas of interest in listeners. I think the show could have benefited from some more pre-recorded content perhaps with a layered sound bed, just to liven it up a bit and give the show some light and shade as it felt like alternatives to talking were only found in the RRR recorded themes. Anyway, congratulations to team two, I hope your experience of being on air was as fun and uplifting as ours!
Just incase you didn’t know, RRR now has a ‘Radio on Demand’ site which archives everything put to air every day! No excuses for not listening in now kiddies!