Evaluating 9 Lives- My own show

I decided to do the same thing I did when evaluating Wacky History‘s radio show. For their radio show I took notes during it and then answered the questions provided. This radio show is called 9 Lives and it is put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes.

Thoughts during the show

  • Intro
    • Background sound effects good
    • A little too loud
    • transition was not clear- needed to be faded in and out
  • Miles- History
    • Not sure if sound was Miles moving or sound effect..
    • Bland voice
    • background music good volume
      • Possibly a little distracting
      • Good choice of music
    • Long pauses in between talking about different things
    • A lot of just talking- I’m kinda bored
  • Bumper
    • good sound effects
  • Kelsey and Sean-Stories
    • Good volume
    • Like the sound effects
      • War sounds
      • Door opening
      • Creepy music
      • Church music
      • Choir music
      • Pouring drink
      • Clinking
      • Dog
      • Etc.
    • Two people talking back and forth make in more interesting
    • Sean- “large red marks” like the low volume
    • Kelsey- “Wow that really” is really low (faded out at the wrong time)
    • Music in between stories good
    • After the moon arising- choppy editing
    • Hank song, London Bridge good fading
    • Sean talking about the 2 boys in the room lower compare to other music
    • Monster story- good tones and voices
    • Sean stumbling/rushing in monster story
    • Cat 9 lives- clever song
  • Bumper
    • Really like the bumper
    • Good music
  • Commercial
    • Good spooky music
    • Happy halloween song
    • Creepy music
  • Andrew- Costumes
    • I like the beginning sounds
    • Hard to hear him
    • I like the countdown- smart idea
    • Like how he commented on the costumes- gave opinions
    • REALLY hard to hear!!
    • Music is distracting
    • So hard to hear
    • Good transition to Adam
  • Adam-Events
    • Like beginning sounds
    • Good description
    • Background music good
      • Somewhat distracting
      • A little too loud
      • drowns out speaker
  • Not really an ending..
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

Adam and Andrew’s sections were hard to hear. Adam’s was only hard to hear at parts, but Andrew’s was almost impossible to hear.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Lots of effects- enhanced the enjoy-ability of the show- made it more interesting. Some transitions weren’t clean- more towards the beginning.

Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Sound effects were used very well, probably one of the bests parts of the show.  Sounds were used to enhance stories.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Just hard to hear Adam and Andrews. Miles was somewhat distracting. Kelsey and Sean had some that wasn’t edited as well as it could have been. Overall the music was effective. It was used for transitions and background noise.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

The show has a very good structure, with good transitions. People don’t just start talking, they’re introduced.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells a good story. Creative and interesting topic. The only segment that got a little boring was history, it could have used some sound effects in the background. Drawn in to listen.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

This radio show could have been a 4.5 star however, because of the volume at some points I’d have to give it 4 stars.

x Kelsey

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Evaluating Wacky History

I decided the best way for me to critique the show would be to take notes as I listen to it and then to go back and reflect on the show with the questions provided. I listened to Wacky History. I think the name is very clever for the topic of the show.

Thoughts during the show

  • Catchy intro music
  • Wedding rings and something? Hard to understand the intro
  • Voices change abruptly in volume
  • First part:
    • Dentures… interesting topic choice
    • Easy to understand, good background music
    • Editing isn’t smooth in some parts
    • Light humor- I liked that
  • Good transition and questions
  • I like the talking back and forth
  • George Washington part
    • Very entertaining voice
    • Likes this part
  • Next part:
    • Bland voice
    • Background music VERY soft- hard to hear
  • More questions and banter- like this
  • The guy has a great voice- very good for his parts
  • First Commercial is REALLY great
  • Wacky history part
    • Good music
    • Very interesting
    • Commercial??
  • History of wedding rings
    • Seem unsure of what you are saying in the beginning
    • Interesting information
    • Good voices (changes tone/pitch in voice)
  • Jewelry/wedding facts
    • Multiple choice question- kinda cool
    • Like the ticking noises
  • Fly commercial
    • good
  • Bumper
    • liked it
    • seat belt-car sound
  • Where to put the ring
      • sounded too far away from the mic sometimes
  • Quality of audio sound -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background noise)?

No noticeable background noise. The background music didn’t cancel out the talking. Levels somewhat uneven when switching from person to person.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?

Only noticed effects in the bumper. Background music is good. Transitions clean. I liked the questions in between the different topics.

  • Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?

Not much use of sound effects. When used good and effective.

  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?

Music is very effective. It is at a good volume, so that it is noticeable, yet doesn’t wash out the speaker. Used throughout the whole podcast. Also used to signify changes in topics.

  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?

Somewhat. I don’t think it’s bad or anything, I just think it could be better. I would have liked an emphasis on the connection of dentures and wedding rings. Good transitions make it cohesive.

  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown? Does it draw you in to listen?

Tells little stories. Not really a sense of drama. The guys voice is very entertaining and draws you in. One of the girls used her voice very well when telling stories.

  • If you would rate this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show

I would probably give the show 3.75 stars out of 5.

x Kelsey

9 Lives Commercial

When I first read the assignment I thought we were making a commercial, so I was super excited thinking of all the possibilities. I really wanted to do a commercial for some cat costume or something and put the smelly cat song in the background, but then when I read it again to avoid what I did when I made my bumper I saw that it was suppose to be a commercial to keep your audience listening to the show so I guess something about the show. So I talked about the last two topics of our show, to advertise what was to come in the radio show.

I first recorded myself, then added an organ/spooky sound, then screaming when I talk about Sean and I’s section, then I added the Happy Halloween section to the end, and then finally a creepy laugh. The only editing I did other than cropping was to negatively amplify the organ lower so it wasn’t as loud. I got the organ/ spooky sound and screaming from freesound.org and I got the Happy Halloween section and the creepy laugh from YouTube and then I used the MP3 convertor to covert it so I could drag it to Audacity.

The more audio assignments I do the easier they become. This one was a piece of cake. I learned that I can click on a certain time and then paste a certain sound at that spot which helped a lot.

Here are the screen shots of the audio editor.

commercial 1 commercial 2 commercial 3

x Kelsey

9 Lives Bumper

I decided to start by Googling a song called 9 lives and I found a very funny one, which I then used as background music for my bumper.

Here’s the making of video in case you’re interested.

I used the MP3 converter and downloaded the MP3.

bumper

Then being stupid I though the bumper couldn’t be longer than 10 seconds so I cropped the song and used only the parts I wanted and combined them to make a cool shortened version on the song that works for our show.

I then recorded myself with Audacity saying ” You’re listening to 9 lives put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes, bringing you a spooktacular Halloween special, stay tuned.”

I then added a cat growling (meowing?) when I say spooktacular. I got the cat meowing from freesound.org.

I wish I had realized it was a minimum or 10 seconds not a max 10 seconds, but in the end I was happy with what I had for my bumper.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team comes up with for their bumper.

x Kelsey