The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.
Dissecting a Good Story, Well Told
One of the best ways to learn how to improve at the craft of audio storytelling is to take a deep listen to good work and dissect it. On this HowSound, I point out some of the best parts of a story about vaccinations from “The Experiment” podcast. You'll want to take notes
Who Are Those People in Podcast Credits?
The list of names at the end of some podcasts is mind-boggling. Who are these people? What do they do? Antonia Cereijido, Sophia Paliza-Carre, and Audrey Quinn of the "Norco 80" podcast have an answer and a few surprising observations about their production process.
Thoughts On Trailers
Rob's been puzzling over one particular question about trailers for serialized podcasts: What should the relationship, the handshake, if you will, be between the trailer and the top to the first episode? Rob explores an answer with clips from The Piketon Massacre, The Realness, Nice White Parents, and The Sink.
Schwartz Is A Verb
You should lie down with your eyes closed for this one! That's because the interviewees in the stories I feature were -- lying down, eyes closed, lights off, candle lit, answering questions. They were being interviewed by producers using the Schwartz Technique, Stephen Schwartz’ celebrated method for getting people to talk in pictures.
A friend once said "What feels like a groove might actually be a rut." So, how do you get out of your rut? Sarah Geis has an answer: Audio Playground.
Gas Mask? Check. Bullet Proof Vest? Check...What to Wear When the Reporting Gets Dangerous
When the reporting gets violent, the reporter suits up. Casey Martin of KUOW tells stories about staying safe on the front lines of reporting during the violence of the BLM and far-right protests of the last year.
Vast library of lessons
I’ve had HowSound on my radar for a while but hadn’t been making any audio stories until, in the middle of the pandemic, I dove headfirst into making a podcast with my 95 year old dad called “Keeping Dad Alive.” Now I search the archive to find episodes that relate to questions that come up. For example, “The squirm test” was really helpful when I was working on an episode about some undignified things that were happening in my dads life.
Excellent examples of making great sounding content
How Sound is like a “master’s class” on making audio that not just sounds amazing, but appropriately amazing. Listen intently as Rob dissects the decision-making process these audio creators go through, with his honest feedback and criticism. The sample clips he provides are rich, engaging, emotional, uplifting, compelling… just what they need to be.
Want to make better audio? Put How Sound at the top of your queue. It’s one of the few shows I switch back to 1x speed for!
Avoiding Cheesy Sound Design
Searching for information on sound design, I happened on your podcast on this topic. Quite interesting and has given me a bit more to consider as I venture down the path of trying to launch my own podcast “Consider if you Will!”.
Subsequently have been listening to other episodes. Excellent work and while some material does not interest me, it certainly kept my attention.
Now, I am still at a loss for selecting sound effects for the signature of the show and where to find talent to brainstorm ideas, at least I now have a starting point.
Well done! -SMeche