General Posts

ds106 radio bumper! aka: my first Audacity creation

This week’s ds106 focus is audio! Since we’ve got a ds106 radio station, one of the assignments was to create a radio bumper.

In order to make it, I downloaded Audacity (an audio editing tool) and used it for the first time.

Here’s the exact instructions for the bumper from the Assignment Bank:

Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.

Without further ado, here’s my creation!

As I mentioned earlier, this was my first time trying out Audacity. I quickly figured out how to record, import, and export content. I also was able to cut the audio so that the music lined up with what I was saying, and I changed the sound ratio so that my voice was louder than the music.

The track I used in my bumper is called “Upbeat Party” (created by Scott Holmes Music), and I found it on Free Music Library.

When I brainstormed ideas for what to say in the bumper, I thought of bumpers I’d heard before—specifically from 91.9, 9.51, and 102.7 (radio stations back home in Maryland that I’ve listened to). I also thought of some of the voices of Webkinz characters, funnily enough—this was primarily because of the inflections in their voices. I used those inspirations when coming up with what to say as well as how to say it.

I’m looking forward to creating more with Audacity, and I really want to get more into the details of audio creation!

3 replies on “ds106 radio bumper! aka: my first Audacity creation”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *