In the fall of 2012 I was privileged to lead a group of very skilled Ohio University Media Arts & Studies students in an internship / independent study opportunity to complete several radio dramas, an ongoing content initiative of WOUB Public Media. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results achieved last fall, which is why I’m thrilled to be heading a similar opportunity this spring with an amazing group of MDIA juniors and seniors!
For those not familiar, there was a time, before images graced our televisions (or televisions even sat in our living rooms), that radio dramas were the primary source of entertainment throughout the land.
These dramatic performance included an array of music, sound effects, and dialogue; the actors themselves conveying the writers intent in lieu of visual elements. Today, these dramas are an incredible way to stay connected with our audio heritage as well as a wonderful way to teach audio mixing and editing.
I’m pleased to report that the WOUB internship students have already wrapped up vocal tracking on The Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry and will soon be starting on the music, sound effects, and Foley tracking. They’ve been working tremendously hard, and the results are looking great!
For all my other fans out there, I hope to be sharing some of this great student work with you via WOUB.org in the very near future, and it will also be featured April 11 at the Ohio University Student Expo.