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6th Edition

Radio Production

ISBN 9781138819979
Published October 6, 2015 by Routledge
434 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Radio Production is for professionals and students interested in understanding the radio industry in today’s ever-changing world. This book features up-to-date coverage of the purpose and use of radio with detailed coverage of current production techniques in the studio and on location. In addition there is exploration of technological advances, including handheld digital recording devices, the use of digital, analogue and virtual mixing desks and current methods of music storage and playback. Within a global context, the sixth edition also explores American radio by providing an overview of the rules, regulations, and purpose of the Federal Communications Commission.

The sixth edition includes:

  • Updated material on new digital recording methods, and the development of outside broadcast techniques, including Smartphone use.
  • The use of social media as news sources, and an expansion of the station’s presence.
  • Global government regulation and journalistic codes of practice.
  • Comprehensive advice on interviewing, phone-ins, news, radio drama, music, and scheduling.

This edition is further enhanced by a companion website, featuring examples, exercises, and resources:

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Characteristics of the Medium

Chapter 2: Structure and Regulation

Chapter 3: The Radio Studio

Chapter 4: Using the Internet and Social Media

Chapter 5: Ethics

Chapter 6: Writing for the Ear

Chapter 7: News: Policy and Practice

Chapter 8: Interviewing

Chapter 9: Vox Pop

Chapter 10: Cues and Links

Chapter 11: Newsreading and Presentation

Chapter 12: The Discussion

Chapter 13: Phone-ins

Chapter 14: Listener Participation

Chapter 15: Music Programming

Chapter 16: Sequences and Magazines

Chapter 17: Making Commercials

Chapter 18: Outside Broadcasts (remotes)

Chapter 19: Commentary

Chapter 20: Music ‘Live’

Chapter 21: Drama: Principles

Chapter 22: Documentary and Feature Programmes’

Chapter 23: The Work of the Producer

Chapter 24: The Executive Producer

Chapter 25: Programme Evaluation

Chapter 26: Training

Chapter 27: Back-announcement



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After 33 years with BBC Radio, Robert McLeish was a consultant in the United States, Australia, Russia, India, and beyond. He has written and lectured in academia and served on the boards of international broadcasting organizations.

Jeff Link’s work in broadcasting spans radio, television, and multimedia. His expertise lies in sound mixing, reporting, presenting, and productions, and he serves as an independent media consultant.


"There are other practical textbooks on the market, but none which combines instruction in the how and why of local broadcasting quite as effectively."

Broadcast Magazine

 "An exceptionally well presented, thorough, and useful book."

Bill Dorris, Lecturer, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland

"Radio Production: 6th Edition belongs on the shelves of every radio station in the UK and beyond, regardless of size. There is something to be learnt from this book by everyone involved in broadcasting at any level." -Radio User Magazine