How to Write a Radio Script.

by Napqueen on March 21, 2017 - 4:27pm

How to Write a Radio Script.

 

When listening to the radio in a car, a kitchen or at work have you ever wondered if writing a radio script was the same as an essay text? What is following, is a process description of how to write a radio script, according to how it is teach in Media, Art and Technology at the Cégep de Jonquière. This technique can also be used for a television preview or even a radio publicity. This way of writing can be used for any subject for example for a show, an event, some news. The following four steps will help to write a good radio script:

1)         The punch in

2)         The main point

3)         The rest of the details

4)         The punch out

To make it more concrete the example of an Ariana Grande show with fictional dates will be used.

 

When writing a radio text there are some important tips to remember: it needs to catch the attention of the audience. Keeping it short and simple will help with the time management. It is also wiser to talk about events happening close to us and soon to the moment it is being announced.

 

Step 1: The Punch In

It is the first line of the text because first, it is crucial to catch the attention of the audience. Find a way to make them stop thinking and doing what they are doing to concentrate on what is being said. To achieve the use of a “white lie” can be needed or even a question, by that meaning it would be okay to say “A queen will be in Montréal this weekend” or “Are you ready for the queen?”. By using a high tittle people will ask themselves questions such as “who are they talking about?”

 

Step 2: The main point

It is the important information. To find them the use of what, when, where, who and how can be needed. That way the message is kept short and whoever is listening needs to step out of the car or just to go, are able to register the useful information. For example: “In fact the new queen of pop, Ariana Grande will be performing her new show “Dangerous Woman” this Saturday at the Bell Center”.  

 

Step 3: The Rest of the Details

If there is still time, the possibility of adding complementary information is possible for example, to talk about how many tickets her last show sold, when was the release of her last album. Only simple details or information can be add if needed. 

 

Step 4: The Punch Out

It is the last line of the script a review of the important information. A closing statement in need to end the package information and to slip out of the subject for example: “So don’t miss this incredible show. Ariana Grande this Saturday at the Bell Center maybe you will see me because I already have my ticket”. Repeating the information is good for someone who would catch up to the show later.

 

In conclusion, the process for writing a radio script is quite easy. By using the four steps:

1)         The punch in

2)         The main point

3)         The rest of the details

4)         The punch out

Anyone would be able to write a good radio text on their own.

 

Comments

The past participle of teach must be used in the passive voice.
After for example use a comma, or full colon :
Cut the second for. The last item in this list should have and before it.

I like the way the subject is introduced. It is sympathetic and accessible.
At the end of the text, I would have preferred if the steps would have been in sentences and not enumeration.
It is well explained and I can easily understand the process.

I really appreciated the examples you gave to demonstrate the process: «The queen is back» is my favorite.
One little thing: the conclusion can be more detailed and longer, but overall, I enjoyed the reading.