June 26, 2006
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Editing And Radio

A crucial stage in radio (and podcasting) is editing: taking a lot of raw audio and finding a few minutes of exactly the right material. Ira Glass (in Radio: An Illustrated Guide says that

"It's impossible to overstate how important it is to take good notes if you're making radio. After all, you're working in a medium which is just sound floating through the air. It's ether. Vapor. You need a representation — on paper — so you can see what the hell you've got and make hard choices.

"Have a word or phrase for each sentence. You'll need this later, when you;re editing, choosing which sentences to keep. The log will be a map of what's there.