Community Radio Theatre proposal for Goldendale’s Friends of the Library on Sat., Feb. 28, 2015 11am-1pm with Jim Tindall of Husum, WA. Thanks Friends of the Library!(Edit)

This two hour workshop explores the possibilities of forming a community radio theatre troupe. Additionally we will learn more about low frequency radio from KVGD supporters. A dramatic or comedic radio production takesactors and players behind the microphone as well as various technicians, writers, and promoters. Come be part of the fun.


0:00 Introductions of all participants

0:20 Summary of Tindall’s production experience and sampling of radio productions

Call Me Yo

The Adventures of Johnny Butane and the Hot Ones

Whistler’s Son

Manser and Dolph: Mid-Columbia Men of Art


The City Council

The Case of the Striking Red Shoes

1:00 break

1:10 brainstorming activities: What might a community theatre troupe look like?

In what possible venues could that troupe perform?

Is there money to be made?

What skills or interests do we bring to the table?

writing, soundscaping / sound effects,

advertsing: underwriters or sponsors,

grant writing

1:45 Next steps: Who will take responsibility to organize the next


Do we have contact information for individuals?

2:00 For those interested in staying a while longer:

Next steps for sustaining KVGD?

Our last year's (2014) workshops—OMG we've been at this for a year...

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2014 FOL Workshops for Community FM(Edit)

Writing skills classes one Saturday a month with Wendy Warren that include:

  • interviewing technique
  • script creation
  • editing

Essential CopyPasta from Naomi:(Edit)

Here are the descriptions Wendy provided of how she would like to focus

the workshops. I see a lot of overlap with Cory's ideas, and some room

for stuff in the Fall series, for sure:


Terry Gross and Charlie Rose are known as great broadcast interviewers.

They use simple and effective techniques to elicit deeper, often

unexpected responses from their guests. It's all about preparation,

good listening, compassion for the guest, and sometimes breaking a few

social rules (like the one about never interrupting). Whether you're

talking with the governor or a local business owner, you, too, can

guide a conversation that will engage your listeners. (May include a

bit on managing callers' questions/input?)

Writing for Media (Radio? Broadcast?)

Most of us have learned to write for the eye: letters, memos, reports,

poems, stories, and more. But writing for the ear requires a different

approach. Wording must cue the listener's brain for information that's

coming and present that info in bite-sized, comprehendible pieces

without talking down to the audience. Because time is a critical on-air

factor (a 30-minute documentary; a 30-second public service

announcement) the writing must be carefully and economically

structured, more than is usually indulged on the page. Learn to write

crisp, approachable copy that effectively and accurately conveys

information as it draws the audience in.

Program Design

You and are on the same page when it comes to Editing for Broadcast, but

your term is much better: program design. That’s EXACTLY what we’re

talking about, being mindful that the story is paramount and including

what advances and clarifies the story while excluding anything that pulls

away from that goal. Pace is a huge part of that. There will be some

overlap with Writing for the Media but more along the lines of referencing

writing for the ear and how that fits in to the overall program design.

There is so much range in program design as you are well aware. You’ve got

something like Radio Lab on one end of the spectrum (lots of sound design

worked in) and a show like “Fresh Air” which is (generally) a slightly

edited interview with few audio inserts. I am thinking that many of the

early community programs will be on the stripped down end of the spectrum,

but I don’t want to assume that’s true nor discourage people who have more

ambitious design ideas. I guess I’d be looking to you all for the

appropriate middle ground on this.

Naomi Fisher

Goldendale Community Librarian