Video Text Alternative: On the Air! Roll the Presses! Radio Production

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Segment #12
On the Air! Roll the Presses! Radio Production

Running time: 4:21
 
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Hand adjusts levels on sound switchboard
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Stefan in radio studio wearing headphones and talking into studio microphone

Camera pans studio and shows text on studio music monitor; shows Stefan adjusting program controls on sound switchboard; shows meters reading sound levels
Stefan [on air]: 8:51, Stefan Leggin here with ya. Stick around we got John Lee Hooker on WTMD.

[MUSIC ON AIR]

Stefan: Live radio is exciting.
Melissa puts on headphones in radio studio; shows Melissa speaking into studio microphone while reading from piece of paper Melissa: I like being a little bit more behind the scenes, and radio lets me do that easily.
Stefan talks on camera while sitting in radio studio

"Stefan" text appears on screen
Stefan: Radio just seems so much more personal and intimate.
Sheri talks on camera

"Sheri" text appears on screen

Sheri in radio studio speaks into studio microphone while reading from piece of paper; camera zooms in on Sheri speaking into microphone
Sheri: Radio is really an important background in people's lives. It gives us information, it gives us music.
Stefan talks on camera in radio studio Stefan: I get teary-eyed just thinking about it, I love it.

[LAUGHTER]

[MUSIC OUT]
Stefan talks on air in radio studio Stefan [on air]: We're going to spice it up now, a little bit of music from the B-52s on WTMD.

[MUSIC ON AIR]
Sheri talks on camera

Stefan in radio studio; "WTMD" written on wall in studio
Sheri: WTMD is located on the campus of Towson University, right outside of Baltimore.
Melissa talks on camera

"Melissa" text appears on screen

Meter reads sound levels in radio studio

Sound control readout on computer monitor in radio studio

Stefan working in radio studio
Melissa: And we try to bring our audience a wide variety of music. We have blues and we have jazz and we have rock and a little bit of everything in-between.
Melissa on air in radio studio Melissa [on air]: In Baltimore it's 80, and outside our WTMD news studios it's 71.
Melissa talks on camera in radio studio

Scenes of Melissa in radio studio
Melissa: I am the news and weather person here in the mornings. I usually get up at 3 o'clock in the morning and I'm here at the station from 4:30 until about 11 o'clock. I have all of the news that I think is going to be most important for the day. And we get that from our AP wire.
Melissa on air in radio studio Melissa [on air]: Governor Ehrlich has declared a state of emergency for . . .

. . . association has filed a lawsuit said yesterday that the money could be . . .

. . . with Seafish in concert this summer . . .

. . . you can see them on PBS . . .
Stefan on air in radio studio; shows Stefan's fingers adjusting levels on sound switchboard; drinking cup of coffee in radio studio Stefan [on air]: Joe Jackson on WTMD.
[MUSIC ON AIR]
Stefan talks on camera in radio studio

Scenes of Stefan and Melissa working together in different rooms of the radio studio
Stefan: I work the morning shift, which means that I go to air at 5 a.m. Being a DJ, especially in the morning, is like a juggling act. That's when I'm talking to my traffic guy and getting traffic reports, that's when Melissa is giving the day's news. And of course, in between it all, we're playing music and we're giving announcements and telling stories. A lot of times you are listening to three things at once.
Melissa talks on camera in radio studio

Melissa talking on air in radio studio
Melissa: It's just one thing right after the other. And usually we're pretty right on.
Sheri talking on air in radio studio [MUSIC OUT]

Sheri [on air]: Paul Stekler is the filmmaker of Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style. I'm Sheri Parks, and you are listening to Clear Reception on WTMD.

[MUSIC ON AIR]
Sheri talks on camera in radio studio Sheri: Clear Reception is a media and popular culture and cultural affairs show. Talk radio helps people think about what they're already thinking about. What I try to do is to be a helpful guide around issues, and getting people to think about them.
Stefan talks on camera in radio studio Stefan: With Sheri, we have three interviews that we put into an hour.
Sheri talks on camera in radio studio Sheri: Sometimes we interview them on the phone, we call them up.
Sheri on air calling interviewee Sheri [to man on air]: Hi.

Man on radio: Hi, how are you doing this morning?

Sheri [to man on air]: Okay, thanks for talking to me.
Sheri talks on camera in radio studio Sheri: Sometimes, they're here.
Sheri on air in radio studio; interviewees sit around table in front of microphones Sheri [into mic]: Mic check, one, two, one, two.
Stefan in studio Stefan [to show's guests and Sheri]: You guys sound fine. I think we're ready to go.
Sheri talks on camera in radio studio Sheri: Recently, we have had some young filmmakers in to talk about their films.
Sheri on air in radio studio, interviewees sit around table with microphones

Clips of interviewees in studio
Sheri [on air to interviewees]: Can you talk about what thoughts went through your mind as you decided whether or not to do a documentary about a drug corner and the drugs in the neighborhood?
Female interviewee speaks on air Interviewee 1: The most important thing was our message. We wanted to make sure it would reach everybody and that it wouldn't be biased.
Male interviewee speaks on air Interviewee 2: Both young people and older people can relate to it.
Two female interviewees; one speaks on air Interviewee 3: We wanted you to feel where we was coming from, like you was there.
Camera pans radio studio showing interviewees sitting around table with Sheri; shows different shots of interviewees and Sheri speaking on air Sheri: What I like most is that if you listen to a show like this one or other ones like it, you can get a whole lesson. You can come away knowing a lot more than you knew before, and I love that.
Stefan talks on camera in radio studio [MUSIC IN]

Stefan: To succeed in radio, it takes the same thing that it takes in any job, and that is a love for what you do.
Melissa working in radio studio Melissa: It's all about making sure that what you have to say is coming across.
Sheri talking on air in radio studio Sheri: Find something that you are interested in because the audience can hear whether you are interested.
Stefan in radio studio talking on air Stefan [on air]: Some of these artists that are going to be stopping by next week are going to blow you away. And I wanted to give you a preview of one of those artists, Abdel Wright, from WTMD.
Stefan's fingers adjust levels on sound mixing board in radio studio; shows Stefan working in studio [MUSIC IN]
Stefan talks on camera in radio studio Stefan: We dig this stuff, and the fact that we get paid for it at a radio station is a bonus.
Numbers and sound levels on stereo [MUSIC IN]
Scenes of Melissa, Stefan, and Sheri talking on air Melissa [on air]: I'm Melissa here for 89.7.

Stefan [on air]: WTMD.

Sheri [on air]: See you next time.
Camera pans over radio station letters, "WTMD," on wall to "On Air" sign  
Fade out [MUSIC OUT]