Another Family Surprise Video!

She had no idea what this was for… or what it was about – the natural character of my sister everybody!
Constrained Task 5: family


COMM2250 Dummies guide to: Interviewing Skills

Today’s workshop was a discussion on the do’s and dont’s when preparing and conducting an media interview with the focus on the radio sector. Prior to this discussion I was fairly unaware of the useful techniques that seem so critical to incorporate into a seamlessly executed interview.

The students enrolled in the Radio subject for 2013 are involved in completing a one hour live-to-air set on Triple R radio station (102.7 FM) called Room With a View. This is why these tricks of the trade are so important to learn and practice, with an additional individual interview task.

Here are some effective tips and steps when preparing for an interview:

  1. select a topic of interest
  2. thoroughly research that topic so you have sufficient background awareness to understand what is being said in the interview
  3. find potential talent to interview through your research and connections
  4. conduct a phone call with potential interviewee to suss out their appropriateness
  5. choose best candidate
  6. work out a loose plan to send to interviewee – points or questions?


7. We were told a list of points rather than questions is more effective in an interview as            engaging with the interviewee is one of the most important things and working out               questions from what they are saying usually has the best effect in production.

Points when conducting an interview:

  • Start with one or two non specific warm up questions e.g. how has your day been? How are you going? etc.
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Use a variety of non-verbal gestures (try not making any sound)
  • Give interviewee your undivided attention
  • Hold 3 seconds of silence in between answers and next question – they might add something last minute before you have moved on
  • If they are hesitating to answer a question, attempt to rephrase it in 3 different ways before moving on
  • Only ask one question at a time – avoid “double barreled questions”
  • Try not to receive too many generalized answers, if you are change it up so you don’t
  • If they speak jargon – ask them what they mean by that?
  • Try to achieve a power balance (e.g. swivel your chair to face them) this will make the interview more engaging and not as intimerdating
  • Act friendly, happy and pleased to be talking with them

These are just several tips of what we discussed, I will continue to post research on effective interviewing as it seams there is a lot to get a hang of here!

Nitpicking the Marantz PMD671

Today we had a technical workshop learning about the various different sound recorders our university uses for the radio program.

The main equipment we focused on was the Marantz PMD671 sound recorder, so i thought I might make myself a little more acquainted with this complex device.

The box is quite bulky, weighs 1.3 kilograms and definitely looks like something out of the 80’s, could be looked at as a vintage fashion accessory.

Here is a list of it’s features:

  • 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM capable
  • “Virtual Third Head” for confidence
  • Read-after-write capability
  • Records uncompressed 16 and 24 bit
    PCM .wav files
  • Two XLR mic connections with +48v
    phantom power
  • RCA line I/O
  • Built-in monitor speaker
  • MP3, MP2, WAV, BWF Format Compatible
  • Silent Skip feature (pauses recording on silence and resumes recording on sensing sound) 


The trick when recording sound is to have the sound monitor read between -12 and 0 decibels based on the input coming from the plug in mic. Another great feature is it’s capability to become a hard drive with easily transferable material onto your computer for listening and editing.

Although it is an old school machine the durability and accuracy makes it a very reliable one. I look forward to experimenting with it until I feel comfortable to use the Marantz to the best of it’s ability.

Listening to RRR’s Breakfasters program 12/03/2013

Our listening exercise for COMM2250 Radio subject this week was to listen to one of a few selected RRR (102.7FM) programs and I chose to tune in to the Breakfasters from 6am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

This program is packed full of music and morning chit chat by hosts Fee B-squared, Lorin Clarke and Stew Farrell. Like all breakfast programs the time slot ties into morning commuters able to tune in and get there entertainment kick for the day.

An important element of the Breakfasters is the morning news headlines. A regular feature on the program is reading off each section of the news

i.e. this morning the local headline was a train radio mishap in Melbourne’s Southern Cross station where two trains almost collided due to their communication stubbornness.

  • Weather: Melbourne is experiencing a 9 day heatwave above 30 degrees and today would be no different
  • Sport: lots of cricket drama including Shane Watson’s potential exit from the side followed by some cycling reports

Later on in the program the news is repeated and front page headlines from each local news paper are read – the most recurring headline was Shane Watson and his cricket departure.

On each hour they have RRR news which is read rather formally but my reasoning is morning commuters tuning in at different times would like an update on latest news and whats to come in the day ahead.

In terms of Music a lot of different genres are covered, mostly easy listening with new tracks from artists such as Jim James, Purity Ring and The XX.

Each episode there is a special guest to keep listeners excited for the show with various celebrities and specialists etc. Their special guest on Wednesday 13/03 will be Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

Tune in to 102.7 FM each morning for your fix of entertainment, news, sport, weather and music!