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  •  I Got My 1st Submission Onto NPR, and They Had Me (7+ / 0-)

    read it myself which was a total blindside for me. Here's how I went about it.

    I listened to a number of letters read on that segment of the target show and worked out an estimate of a typical word count. It's been a few years but I'd guess it was closer to 100. There's a lot more space in media than time.

    Next, for every edit, I would read my copy out loud, imitating a typical NPR personality. For that network, it means a bit of a slow talker. If anything tripped my tongue I reworked the phrasing.

    For broadcast, copy has to be easy to scan by eye with completely unambiguous pronunciation and emphasis, for a reader who is seriously preoccupied performing professional quality diction.

    Well they accepted it by phoning me, and then asked if they could call back in a day or two to record me reading it. I probably ran through it 20 times over the 2 days. Being a longtime amateur performing musician, I've learned that stage jitters tend to speed you up, so I practiced speaking a bit on the slow side.

    The host asked for a trial run, with the recorder on, and then afterward there was dead air for a few seconds till he said with surprise that it came out fine and they wouldn't need a second take. And they aired it.

    I've made enough instructional video and audio to know that speaking's not my talent. This was the result of careful planning and rehearsing.

    I hope you'll consider some broadcast LTE work.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:52:33 PM PST

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