My semester project featured my involvement with MVL Radio as a student DJ/host. Every Wednesday and Friday for two hours I host a show for our student-run college radio station called The Old New. During the duration of the show I play music, while giving comments and analysis on the chosen songs I play. I direct my music choices towards classic rock, and other popular genres from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, mostly. I have been a part of MVL for three years now.
For my semester project I wanted to choose a medium that I was comfortable with and interests me. I thought involving the radio into my semester project would allow me to practice my oral communication skills and force me to branch out and go further with this than I usually do for a normal show. On Friday, April 13th during my radio show, at about 5:30pm I went live on Facebook within our private Convergent Media group. There, I opened the floor to audience interaction where I was on live video via Facebook and live on-air in the studio simultaneously. During my live video my classmates were suppose to tune in and ask me questions/give comments about myself, the radio, my show, or anything they wanted to discuss.
I then read back the questions on-air and answered them to the best of my ability. I did not have as large of a turnout as I had hoped, as I expected more classmates to get involved and tune in. I improvised a bit during the show to accommodate the lack of participation at times, as I would “take breaks” and play music in between moments of minimal interaction.
I was lucky to have some friends/classmates unexpectedly join me in the studio where we turned it into an interview, so to say, where I used the other microphones in the studio to bring them in and have them engage and ask me some questions for me to answer on-air. We ended up having a nice conversation about radio, and some of the genres I play on my show, and my involvement in MVL.
Altogether this process helped me to practice my on-air skills while being spontaneous and maintaining a calm, cool and collective demeanor on-air and on video. I believe this helped me with my comfortability level speaking over the air to an audience and made me a better radio host. Although there were some things I could have improved or wish I could have done over again, but that is the point of live radio and I must be able to think on the spot without preparation at times. Besides the few flaws I thought the project was a success and I appreciate the involvement of all who participated.