1st Edition

Finding Your Voice in Radio, Audio, and Podcast Production

By Rob Quicke Copyright 2024
    306 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a unique identity-centered approach to radio, audio, and podcast production which encourages readers to build their confidence and create audio content that matters to them.

    Written for those just starting out in audio production and focusing on the process of their self-development, readers will learn how to use sound to express themselves in a variety of ways and to create powerful stories in the process – all with the tools already available to them. At the centre of this approach is the author’s R.E.A.L. method, referring to the creation of audio that is relatable, engaging, authentic, and liberating. Students will learn to apply this concept to each step of the production process, from planning and writing through to interviewing, broadcasting, and responding to feedback. By the end of this book readers will have developed a working knowledge of podcast, audio, and radio production alongside their own means of self-expression.

    Supported by exercises and interviews with audio practitioners throughout, Finding Your Voice in Radio, Audio, and Podcast Production is a key resource for anyone approaching radio, audio, or podcasting for the first time.

    A supporting companion website with Instructor and Student Resources is available at www.robquicke.com.







    Chapter 1: Welcome Discoverer: Creating Audio Within Reach


    Chapter 2: The Discoverer’s Toolkit: What You’ll Need to Get Going


    Chapter 3: Discovering Effective Writing for Ears & Audiences


    Chapter 4: Discovering Advantages and Possibilities


    PART II: Developer


    Chapter 5: Welcome Developer: Interviews - The Key Ingredient for Making the Meal 


    Chapter 6: Preparing the Meal in the Kitchen: Developing Tasty Programs


    Chapter 7: In the Oven: Developing Audio Cooked to Perfection




    Chapter 8: Faster, Sooner, More: The Insatiable Audience for Podcasts


    Chapter 9: Going Live! The Thrill of Live Radio


    PART IV: Decoder


    Chapter 10: Feedback: The Best Way to Keep Improving


    Outro: R.E.A.L. Audio: A Manifesto for Creating Compelling Content




    Rob Quicke is director and professor at the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University, USA. 

    "The radio bug bit Rob Quicke as a student. After discovering the magic of audio media, he went on to successfully apply for a radio license. Here's a truth: Rob's passion, belief and determination have been as important in his success story as his broadcasting skills and training and his gift as an educator. Rob's new book, Finding Your Voice in Radio, Audio, and Podcast Production offers a "journey of self-discovery" approach to audio. Breaking it into easily accessible practical pieces, you'll learn the stages: Discoverer, Developer, Deliverer, Decoder. Under these, he drills down offering methods to teach and help you find your authentic voice. Become the communicator you've dreamed of becoming. Buy the book. Benefit from this wisdom and experience."
    - Valerie Geller, international broadcast consultant and author of Creating Powerful Radio: A Communicator's Handbook for News, Talk, Information and Personality and Beyond Powerful Radio: A Communicator's Guide to the Internet Age – News, Talk, Information and Personality for Broadcasting, Podcasting, Satellite and Internet

    “Rob Quicke lays out a philosophy of what it takes to create great audio content, with an emphasis on the role of personal awareness and discovery. He reminds us that broadcast radio and the wider world of digital audio platforms all offer the power to inform, entertain and awe.”

    - Paul McLane, Editor in Chief, Radio World

    “A fantastic academic, practical and exploratory work that asks the question, "What promotes you to first press the record button?" and much more when it comes to a passion for radio throughout one's life.”
    - Barry Rooke, Executive Director, National Campus and Community Radio Association (Canada)

    "This book is a practical guide to creating audio content. It's not just about learning; it's about doing, growing, and ultimately expressing your ideas with confidence. The blend of theory and hands-on exercises though makes this more than just a book; it's a roadmap to finding your voice. For anyone interested in audio content creation, this book is an essential read. It culminates in R.E.A.L. communication – creating content that is Relatable, Engaging, Authentic, and Liberating."
    - Bradley C. Freeman, Ph.D. Associate Dean (Education) and Professor of Mass Communication, School of Arts, Sunway University, Malaysia