DIY Radio

“It’s an experiment, really. Everything is inexpensive. The tools are available. Everyone has been saying anyone can be a publisher, anyone can be a broadcaster. Let’s see if that works.”
Christopher Lydon, quoted in ‘Audible Revolution’, The Guardian, Thursday 12 February 2004

On this page you’ll find links to all the advice and online resources that you’ll need to get started developing your research into radio programmes.

You can use a laptop, mobile or dictaphone to record your audio material, although the audio quality will be greatly improved by access to a plug-in microphone!

Once you’ve recorded your basic audio, you can edit it into something more interesting using the audio apps on your computer and free online editing software.

Plan

LSE’s Cheryl Brumley explains how to plan and prepare to get the most our of your programme in The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Know Your Audience and Your Schedule

For inspiration about the form you might want your programme to take, have a look at our Inspiration page, which has loads of examples of interesting academic radio programmes that use different styles and techniques.

Record

In part two of her excellent guide to podcasting, The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Microphones and Recorders, LSE’s Cheryl Brumley discusses what equipment you’ll need to make recording and how to get the best results

Edit

To edit your material we recommend Audacity, which is free online editing software. It is relatively straightforward to use and the site’s help section has loads of manuals and frequently asked questions to help you with troubleshooting

In the final installment of her guide to podcasting, The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Post Production and Audio PlatformsLSE’s Cheryl Brumley explains how to transform your raw audio into a finished programme

Resonance 104.4FM’s DIY Radio is a booklet actually aimed at helping teachers use radio in the classroom, but it has some great, clear advice on how to edit audio material in the appendix, so check out pages 20-33

Mac users can edit material using Garage Band, which you will find in your Applications folder. Miami University have produced a helpful guide, Podcasting with GarageBand, that shows you how to do it

For Microsoft users, Byron Ricks has this article, Create Your Own Podcast, which explains recording and editing for Windows

Further practical resources

Digital Trends have a great post by Joe Donovan, How to Make a Successful Podcast, which is a clear concise run through of the process of podcasting from start to finish.

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