The importance of sound

My dad always listens to podcasts of the radio talk show Sound Opinions. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot host the show, which airs on Chicago Public Radio every Friday night at 8 p.m. and Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The two hosts discuss and review some of the most recent albums that have been released by the biggest names in the rock music world. My dad always says the show is an interesting listen. I have never been a big fan of podcasts though because my thought is always, “how can it be good if you can’t see anything?”

But I finally decided to take his advice and listen to the show. I listened to one of the podcasts on the Sound Opinions website since I was unable to listen to the show during the actual broadcast. Well after listening to one of DeRogatis and Kot’s shows, I couldn’t believe how great and well put-together it was.
U2 Sound Opinions Review

The podcast I tuned into last week focused on the rise and current state of the band U2 and how they are one of the most popular bands touring the globe. But the part I was most amazed about was what could be taken from the radio shows and applied to a television news package. The show made great use of sound segments to mix together different audio tracks beautifully. In one part, DeRogatis and Kot talked over the sound of U2’s “An Cat Dubh,” and I didn’t even realize how they blended together the song with their voices until about halfway through the hour-long segment. And this was after they had reviewed three or four of U2’s albums.

Sound in a reporter’s packages can be used in the same way. Natural sound should be able to blend in with the reporter track so instead of them being two different tracks, they seem to be one in the same. This is what every reporter’s goal should be when sitting down at the edit bay to put together a package.

DeRogatis’s and Kot’s personalities are also good examples of elements that can be taken from a podcast and applied to a television story. The two hosts really get into their job when reviewing U2. I asked my dad if they were always like this, and my dad’s response was an emphatic “yes.” So why can’t reporters insert their voices into the story more? A lot of the times it seems as if reporters don’t truly get into their story because they feel as if the video will carry it. This is hardly the case. The audience wants the anchors and reporters in a newscast to show that they care about their work. And I guess it took listening to a podcast to realize how much the voices and sound matter regardless of whether there is video.

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