“The radio doesn’t have viewers, Hailey.”

ImageWe have tackled two weeks as a radio team. Somehow we have gone an entire hour both times with only a few stumbles (and thanks to me a few country songs.)

Contrary to my past beliefs, radio isn’t easy. Even with three other interns down in the room, it’s not simple to pull off rapport. I thought going into the whole situation that since we are pretty outgoing people it would be fun and easy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great time. We are really good as a group, and we share a lot of laughs during downtimes in the show.

So what’s the problem? Interest. We have stories, we have explanations and we have plenty of questions we can answer. The problem we keep facing is the fact that we can’t sit on radio for an hour every Monday and say the same things if we want to keep an audience. Maybe it has been poor planning on our part, but I think we are just thinking inside the box too much.

We decided after a few technical glitches this week that we need to set up a better outline for next time. I don’t think it’s a bad idea, and I am really excited for the next show.

Regardless of how smooth it goes every time, we are getting the chance to experience a whole new venue for this project. I wouldn’t have guessed at the beginning of this project I would be on the radio mid-summer. No matter the number of listeners, I’m gaining valuable knowledge for my future. I don’t think I could rave anymore about this internship, but I’m sure I will a few more times before it’s over.

-Hailey Crowley


2 thoughts on ““The radio doesn’t have viewers, Hailey.”

  1. “The problem we keep facing is the fact that we can’t sit on radio for an hour every Monday and say the same things if we want to keep an audience.”

    You’re right, but we also have to remember that saying the same thing over and over is something that we really actually do have to do! We don’t have “regular listeners,” so we have to remember to explain the project in detail and tell people what we are doing and when and why.

    Yeah, this stuff will get boring for us to say again and again, but the people who are listening once aren’t going to think it’s boring. We’re not going to have consistent listeners. Someone who listened last Monday might not listen this Monday. And we might have to repeat ourselves even within the same show because listeners might not listen to the entire 60 minutes.

    Without that vital IUP SVP information being spouted over and over again, they won’t know what we’re talking about.

    We can have a lot of fun and do some really cool things on radio, but we also need to remind ourselves that the entire radio show can’t be just the “fun stuff.” It’s a show about IUP SVP, so we need to make sure we’re getting that information out there, whether or not that means that we’re saying the same things.

    So I guess I have to disagree. If we want to keep an audience, we have to do exactly what you said we shouldn’t do. At least a little bit.

  2. I really enjoyed listening to you guys this week, and I appreciated that it was a nice balance of project explanation and laughs. It really wasn’t even as repetitive as you think.

    Can I suggest guest speakers each week? Not people from the SVP team, but people who can speak to different aspects of it. Someone who sat on the last Middle States evaluation, for example. Or someone from the library who can talk about how previous presidents (and principals, back when we weren’t a university) handled developments in education or technology. Before the advent of the internet (think 1960s-80s), what were our priorities as a university? What were the strongest programs, and what did alumni do when they left? Talk to someone who graduated during that period and get their take on creating a new vision and mission. How about an IUP matriarch/patriarch, someone whose whole family has gone here? What do they want to change, and what do they hope stays the same?

    The possibilities are endless. I’m excited to hear what you guys do next.

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