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Donnie Osmond

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:49 am
by pbergin
Check out yesterday's Inside Radio for a story on how Donnie will be voice tracking a show using his laptop, a mike and an Internet connection from his home.

This is exactly what I've been saying for years. I did it myself for two years on CHUM, and no one ever knew I wasn't live. It's the future folks.

Re: Donnie Osmond

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:00 am
by jeepfrag10
Well the future doesn't look very bright. As a voice tracker, a very good one BTW, I know that voice tracking looses listeners. You may think people didn't know, but your playing into a common mistake that everyone else makes. And that's you think your audience is stupid. Rest assured they know.

Re: Donnie Osmond

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:12 am
by pbergin
No, they did NOT know. For the two years I did that show, it was never suspected that I wasn't on the air live. The audience knew that I was broadcasting from my home... I ststed that on-air... but they did not suspect that I was voicetracked. This has been verified by the station management.

My intention was to make the show sound live, and here's how I accomplished that.

1. I made sure the production level was on par with live broadcasts. That required that I listen to EVERY break, to insure that the production was tight.

2. I recorded the show a couple of hours prior to airtime, so I was able to incorporate time sensitive material such as weather into the mix.

3. I used a virtual Vonage number in Toronto for requests. I downloaded the calls on MP3, and played them back. When I played them I made sure that I responded to what the people were saying as if the call was live. Folks knew that the calls had been recorded and played back, but (as in any radio environment) they assumed the calls were made that day, not a week before.

4. I never once thought of myself as a voicetracked talent, only as a reemote talent. That translates out to a tighter, more relevant show.

I too spent a great deal of time voicetracking. Six years at Worldspace, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I know how it's done.

Re: Donnie Osmond

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:47 pm
by partyshark
Radio has oficially hit rock bottom... :? Who's next, Richard Simmons?