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Radio Broadcasting | Part 4 of 4: Microphone Technique for Interviews and Reporting

Radio Broadcasting | Part 4 of 4: Microphone Technique for Interviews and Reporting

Paul Cross: Hi, I’m Paul Cross, I want to
talk a little bit today about microphone technique for radio reporter’s and interviewers who
are doing reports, interviews, gatherings, sounds, talking to people, when they’re
doing it outside of the radio station, they’re remote equipment and they’re doing it in
the field most likely, with, a handheld microphone. Okay, you want the absolute best sound you
can get, because in radio, sound is our tool. We need the best, clearest, cleanest, most
direct recording of voices that we can get. I want to talk a little bit about microphone
technique. My friend here, Sam Sounds, is a reporter
from Radio Humber, who’s been sent to interview me. So Sam, wants to get me right on mic and
ask me a question. Suppose Sam, points the mic at me to ask me a question. He says, “Paul,
what’s a good kind of recording device to use in radio?”, and points the mic at me.
“Wait minute, you’re putting the mic right in front of my face, Sam”. “How about
just point the mic at me like this? I’ll answer the question, and then you, Sam, as
the reporter, will turn the mic back to you, so that now your question is now directly
on mic.” See what I’ve just did? You can tell now, that I am off mic. So if I’m asking
Sam a question, I wan to say, “Sam, I understand that you’re a reporter from Radio Humber,
and I guess you have great aspirations of having a great career in radio. Sam will answer me now, directly on, and I’ll
hear him directly. One more thing, don’t put your mic – don’t say, well, you know,
what if a balance the mic in between us. Now you can probably hear both our voices just
as well, right? No, I’m way off mic. You want both people to be right on mic. So you
ask the question on mic, put it where it’s comfortable for the person. You see now how
that mic is in front of me, but it’s not really in my line of sight? So, I’m not
intimidated, I’m not uncomfortable the way I would be if you put the mic right up in
my face. Sam will be comfortable; he wouldn’t be comfortable if I put the mic up like this. So now we’re going to get good, natural
sound, nicely balanced, and we’re moving the mic carefully. See how I’m holding the
cord? Here’s the weak part in your microphone. This is likely where you’ll get noise interference,
so I’ve lopped this cord, I might even hold it like this, or I could do it with one hand
like this, so that I don’t get any movement here, and I’m always going to have nice,
clean natural sound, no pressure on the mic. Oh by the way, if somebody steps on it, in
a crowd or something, they’re not going to yank it out. There’s a little bit about microphone technique.
See you next time!

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