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Stuart McLean

“He gave me permission to see the good. Always.”

Posted on 16 February 2018 and filed under misc, radio


The trial for the alleged murder of Colton Boushie, the 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan started this week. And so did “Boushie,” a podcast being produced by CBC Saskatchewan and the single most important thing I think is happening at CBC right now.

Posted on 3 February 2018 and filed under articles, CBC, main, media, radio

There is no optimal length for podcasts

“Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped.“ Hooray!

Posted on 2 February 2018 and filed under links, main, media, outbound, radio, small

‘For those who don’t know…’

Should I stop using the phrase ‘for those who don’t know?’ while writing radio interviews?

Posted on 1 May 2017 and filed under articles, main, radio, writing

One year on, Syrian refugees in Prince George still between worlds

Over the Christmas break, I visited the home of Rose and Nael Tohme who, along with their children, were the first family of Syrian refugees to come to Prince George.

Posted on 16 January 2017 and filed under main, radio

Radio and podcasts should be recognized as an art form

“We seek recognition of the Radio/Podcasting genre through thoughtful reviews, criticism, and a deeper examination of styles and trends.”

Posted on 18 October 2016 and filed under outbound, radio

“If you’re not thinking about sound design, why isn’t the story just a print piece?”

– Mira Burt-Wintonick

Posted on 28 August 2016 and filed under links, main, radio

Podcast content needs to stop being so gosh darn predictable

Nicholas Quah: “The vast majority of the charts draw upon the same few concepts, deriving from the same few traditions, borne of the same few sensibilities. Touchy-feely reportage. Public radio two-ways. Public radio science-y shows. Shows about music. Comedians talking with comedians. People talking with people like themselves. Celebrities talking celebrity things. Conversationals. True crime true […]

Posted on 12 November 2015 and filed under links, main, outbound, radio, small

10 Ways Not To Start A Radio Story

“Here are 10 openers I’ve heard again and again from public radio producers and podcasters. They’re easy. They’re appealing. They’re overused.”

Posted on 27 July 2015 and filed under links, outbound, radio

“How to make your podcast sound like every other podcast”

“You don’t want to sound like a reporter, you want to sound like a regular person. So use the word ‘like’, like… like a lot.”

Posted on 7 June 2015 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

Street Sounds

“Come and get some lemonade!”

Posted on 28 May 2015 and filed under misc, radio, small

Vocal Fry

“Listeners have always complained about young women reporting on our show. They used to complain about reporters using the word like and about upspeak, which is when you put a question mark at the end of a sentence and talk like this. But we don’t get many emails like that anymore. People who don’t like listening to young women on the radio have moved on to vocal fry.”

Posted on 3 February 2015 and filed under links, outbound, radio, small

On Voice

For decades, the “radio voice” has belonged to baritone white men. Where does that leave women, accents, and people with speech impediments?

Posted on 31 January 2015 and filed under big, radio

Final thoughts on Serial

I’ve been writing about Serial and what it means for audio on here quite a bit. I sent out a little Twitter essay yesterday that’s a pretty good summary, so I thought I’d put it here, too. 1. I think Serial and shows like it are a step towards the Netflix-ization of audio 2. “podcasts” as a form […]

Posted on 23 December 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio

Serial and the Triumph of Tape

Great write-up by Robert McGinley Myers on the strength of audio: “This is the power of tape, and I’d argue it’s a power tape has over any other form of journalism. Print can’t convey the full texture of emotion in a conversation, and film often shines too bright a light to get into these private moments […]

Posted on 21 December 2014 and filed under links, outbound, radio

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