Insight into radio storytelling

Summary of Dissecting Joanne Rosser, Papermaker

I made the following notes from the Dissecting Joanne Rosser, Papermaker Show that proved useful when I was listening to the radio story and then making a summary of it.

  1. An audio presentation must have simplicity on surface and a lot going on in the background,
  2. Paragraphs arrange the ideas in a meaningful sequence.
  3. Prompt to intro by the interviewer could prove useful when conducting and presenting an audio interview,
  4. A story must have clear beginning, middle and end to it.
  5. Triggering line that will be followed by a sequence accompanied by music and/or other required sounds according to the needs of the scene.
  6. In an interview you start about the beginning, while in other stories u don’t necessarily do that.
  7. Different sound may act like paragraph indents.

Summary of the Radio Story

I have utilized the above points in the summary of the audio story I listened to relate my summary to the Dissecting Joanne Rosser, Papermaker show.

The story that I listened to was from RadioLab

The story: Ghost Machine

The year is 1562 the name of the main character is Don Carlos, the crown prince of Spain, his father the King and a Monk who died around a hundred years ago. The two presenters are interchanging arranging the paragraphs to make a sequence. The follow a specific sequence with a starting line of Nasir being a fond of robots and the sequence adds up.

The part of the story where the falling down of the crown prince of Spain, Son Carlos is illustrated give full information about his injuries to his head as it starts to swell, struck blind. The other audio presenter says “OW” at this point. It acts as a paragraph indent just like explained in the Dissecting Joanne Rosser, Papermaker show.

There is not much of extra music or other audio things happening in the background in the initial part of the audio story so the audio expressions by the second presenter become really important. But as the story progresses, music relevant to different narration is added.

The presenters are asking questions by themselves and then answering them to attract the audience towards their story and make it more interesting.

Opera Music has been added to the part of the story where the presenters are talking about the dreams that the Prince had. I believe that the use of Opera makes the dream look alive.

They have added authenticity to the story by adding audio bits from Elizabeth King, a professor and another contributor Latif Nasser, A graduate student in the history of science department at Harvard. The story tells about a King making a pact with the God. The King promises the God if his injured son is miraculously cured, the king will also perform a miracle. His son cures and tells his father about a Monk in his dream who cured him. The King asks a watch maker to make a machine identical to the description of the Monk. Elizabeth King and Latif Nasser both confirm that there was an actual Machine Monk made and it is still present in a history museum.