A Simple Description of Making Great Radio


I teach a course on how to start podcasting. it is one of the most rewarding things I do. I love teaching people and inspiring them to take a risk and try something new. It’s exhilarating. I think anyone who is trying to become exceptional at an activity (radio, podcasting, a physical activity) can appreciate their teachers and coaches who have guided them along the way. One person who i think gets this at a fundamental level is Ira Glass. He is generous with his knowledge and expertise and, as a result, is always inspiring.

While doing some additional research for my course I stumbled across this very candid interview with Ira about starting out in radio. The best moment comes at the end when Ira starts asking the interviewee if he thinks he got enough to “start making radio.”

Here Ira gives what I think is the best description of doing journalism I’ve ever heard. it is simple and succinct and is, most importantly, honestly accurate.

But honestly, in a way, doing journalism is like…it’s if you can notice what’s interesting. Then, the tape equipent is just recording the conversations.

Then you make a log and you look at like, “OK, so what did I get?” and then you make a list of your favourite points and then you put them in an order and you play them for somebody else.

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