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Making Radio

A practical guide to working in radio in the digital age

Steve Ahern    
Format: Paperback - C format
Pages: 384
AUD $49.99inc. GST
Making Radio


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The essential handbook for anyone training to work in commercial, public or community radio, with extensive coverage of the role of digital technologies in all aspects of the industry.


'The distilled wisdom and passion of top practitioners makes this an invaluable guide to making radio in Australia.' - Siobhan McHugh, award-winning radio feature producer and lecturer, University of Wollongong

'a very useful hands-on guide to radio production in Australia' - Gail Phillips, Associate Professor of Journalism, Murdoch University

'Making Radio has been a core text for all our radio courses since it was written. It covers everything form the basics you need to know when you begin your radio career, to high level skills required for career advancement.' - Kim Becherand, AFTRS Radio Division

Making radio programs gets into your blood: it's one of the most stimulating jobs in the world, in a fast-moving industry, at the cutting edge of digital technology.

Making Radio is a practical guide for anyone who wants to learn how to make good radio in the era of Radio 2.0. It examines the key roles in radio: announcing, presenting, research, copywriting, producing, marketing and promotions. It also outlines what is involved in creating different types of radio programs: news and current affairs, music, talkback, comedy and WC features, as well as legal and regulatory constraints.

With contributions from industry experts, the third edition reflects the impact of digital radio, including multi-platform delivery, listener databases, social media and online marketing. It also examines how radio stations have reinvented their business models to accommodate the rapid changes in communications and listener expectations.

Steve Ahern OAM has been in radio for over thirty years, working in all sectors of the Australian radio industry. He was Director of Radio at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and now runs his own international radio and new media training company.

ISBN: 9781742372075
Australian Pub.: March 2011
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Media studies
Edition Number: 3rd