Completing my 5-person group radio show centering around the theme of sexspionage-style espionage was an interesting process which was highly satisfying upon viewing our finished radio show. I was quite shocked at how cohesive the segments we orchestrated seemed to fit together, even as some members chose storyline-based radio segments for their individual recordings which covered broader stories about spies.
After deciding last week to focus our main radio show theme around sexspionage, and most members already creating radio bumpers and commercials for our show, I set myself the final task of scripting my segment and presenting it through an Audacity-created radio soundscape. Scripting for my segment, which discussed examples of sexspionage from the Honeypot (Female spy) and Romeo (Male spy) perspectives, took the longest amount of time due to research. Those hours were spent listening to C-Span documentaries on Katrina Leung, as well as various web articles on sexspionage icons including Leung, Anna Chapman, and Markus Wolf. Simplifying these ideas, and making executive editing decisions (Such as scrapping Chapman’s story, and making it an ending ‘call to action’ for the listener to check out our fictitious radio show website), were challenging at times.
Once I created my script and recording my 7-minute audio discussion (Usually around two sentences at a time), I began to layer radio sounds in between my discussions to heighten the details of my narrative. Beyond a continuously referenced synth sound motif used, I chose sounds which either introduced my subtopics or emphasized details of each story. I used a Chinese audio sample which translates to “turn on” to foreshadow the story of Chinese double agent Katrina Leung, as well as a Chinese flute theme to add a sense of mystery to her description (Often simplified by historians in retrospect as a stereo-typically mysterious yet powerful “dragon lady” persona). I additionally used a love-song piano piece during the details of her manipulation of James Smith, to show his infatuation with her. Note from Audacity below, that the top third section includes part of my voice recordings, the middle third section includes my specific story-driven sound samples (8-9 total), and the bottom third section includes my re-occurring synth motif (The background sounds are split into two sections to allow me to increase the volume story sounds in contrast with the synth).
When my show shifts to the story of German Romeos, I used a German train boarding sample and a female calling out ‘Romeo’ as opening tools for the subtopic, and ended my show using the mysterious Chinese flute sound as a callback to the beginning part of the show. I was also happy to have found a hair blow-dryer sample I could use during the haircut identification of Romeos, a fun way in my mind to emphasize that particular story detail. See my radio segment below.
In terms of group coordination, I believe we did a decent job of syncing our different subtopics together. Some members decided to broaden their segment topics beyond the sexspionage topic scope slightly, but I respect those creative decisions, with one member’s broad discussion of espionage becoming a great opening segment for our show while two members’ broad storytelling segments served as breaks in between my sexspionage discussion on men and women and another member’s fictional interview with a spy familiar with sexspionage. I followed all guidelines we created as a group, and I’m satisfied with our resulting show. In the future, we could possibly improve upon similar projects by approving of each member’s topic far ahead of time, so that each member’s topic sounds fully integrated into the scope of our show’s segments.