Breck’s Radio News Tips:

  • SOUND, SOUND, SOUND – Natural and background sound makes a great newscast. You can never have enough.
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  • Work on your writing – Writing for radio is a bit different than TV or print, you are writing for the ear, but we have an advantage (Sounds)
  • Use as many different voices as you can – Record anyone and everyone you can when doing a story. The more voices you have the better the story sounds and the less you have to talk.
  • June 24, 2017
  • Keep actualities to 8 – 10 seconds (most of the time) – That’s a great rule of thumb. Obviously it can be longer if the person talking has relevant information, but don’t let it get too lengthy.
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  • Keep the actuality tight – Anytime you go from your voice to someone else, edit it so there’s little to no space between voices.
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  • Laid back delivery: This is something that will come with time. We all grew up listening to your stereotypical news voice. That’s not really the norm anymore. Talk in a conversational tone. Like you would talk to a friend.
  • July 18, 2017
  • Avoid Newspeak as much as possible: There’s a LONG list of terms that are considered taboo now for news (officials, authorities, etc).  Not saying there isn’t a time for them, but cut those kinds of words down to a minimum.
  • December 22, 2017

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