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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_(broadcasting)). 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!

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