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RTV students capture the sounds of St. Louis

November 17, 2010
By cnp
Posted in Communication Studies

Clarksville, Ark. --- Most tourists document a trip with photographs or video. Neither of these formats is of much use in a radio program. Based on that premise, RTV instrutor Susan Edens presented her fall radio production students an interesting challenge.

Instead of capturing their experiences during a class trip to St. Louis with a camera, the students were required to document their trip using their audio recording equipment.

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RTV student Veronica Saborio prepares to record the sounds she would experience on the city museum’s Monster Slide.

The students were separated into three groups -- one group was assigned to record audio at the city zoo, a second was to visit the city museum, and a third was to document sounds at the city aquarium.  The assignment?  Paint an audio picture of the excitement and wonder to be had during a day in the city.

Over fall break, the students traveled to the Gateway City with mission in mind and digital recorders in hand.  During their trip, they recorded their impressions of the city as well as their observations about the attraction they visited. They also interviewed other visitors to the city and recorded the sounds from the environment surrounding their assigned destination. 

Upon returning to campus, the students edited their recordings into three audio travelogues which they believe will convey to a radio audience what the students experienced on the trip.

The audio travelogues will debut on Thursday, November 18, at 11 a.m. in Walker Hall room 133.  The presentations are free and open to the public. 

The travelogues will air on KUOZ 100.5 later this semester.