Whilst studying sports journalism at Southampton Solent University I learnt the aspects of not only print media but also radio and audio media. This page not only features radio packages and podcasts, but also examples of commentary. I keep all of my audio files on my Soundcloud account which can be accessed by all. The following are extended descriptions of each post on my Soundcloud account, from newest at the top to oldest at the bottom:
COMMENATARY – Bournemouth Ladies vs Solent Ladies – Varsity – 9th May 2018
This was my very first effort at commentating in front of an audience under live circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and felt I gave a good mixture of statistical background anecdotes with live descriptions. The commentary starts in the live video above at 13:05 minutes. The first half saw myself and my co-commentator (Louis Pollock) hold a very professional stance, whilst the second half became more relaxed. In order to improve I would try to give myself and Louis a role each (co and main commentator) so that we do not talk over each other, although overall I feel like we worked well together. This is definitely something I would want to do again. DISCLAIMER: we had no control over the camera shots and the mixing in between them!
SO Podcast – Varsity Preview – 1st May 2018
A 7 minute podcast focusing on the Solent Ladies’ build up to Varsity. This podcast had to have at least three different interviews/voices in, alongside a musical package and a neat intro and outro. I really enjoyed the conversational style of the podcast as I was able to project my voice in a more natural light. I feel this is when I sound most confident and most knowledgeable. This podcast making also helped me to develop my Adobe Audition editing skills.
3 Minute Radio Package – Women’s Sport – 12th December 2017
This was my assessed radio package for term 1 of my second year at Southampton Solent University. I was asked to get three interviews on a topical issue. Due to my links with Solent Ladies I chose to follow the issue of grassroots football for women and girls growing up. I was under the weather when recording my voice which I feel you can hear, but other than that I’m quite proud of it. It features a range of views, plus an interview with a high profile name in Ed Chamberlin (currently at ITV racing and formerly of Sky Sports). To improve I would sort out the fade into the music at the start of the Package, as it does glitch following the drop. I would also re-record my voice over as I do sound a little angry at times!
Team Solent FA Vase Preview – 21st November 2017
One of the first radio projects I worked on and was pleased with when it came to the final project. My course leader said it showed off my creative skills really well and I came across well with my presentation. In terms of improvements I was told to introduce my own voice into the piece earlier, and cut down on some of the music segments.
Short Interview with Gillingham FC’s Billy Knott – 10th January 2017
During my time on work experience with Gillingham FC I was given the chance to interview their midfielder, Billy Knott, who had just come back from injury. I was a little nervous as you may be able to recognise during the audio however with more experience this will become easier for me. He was a great guy and gave me some great quotes, which I used to create an article for Gillingham’s website.
3 Minute Sports Bulletin – 5th December 2016
This 3 minute track was part of my assessment during the first term of University. I was asked to produce a sports bulletin containing a Vox Pop (one question asked to several members of the public), a local interview and a main interview (with someone in professional sport). I struggled with this task at first because I found that I spoke too quickly. But with practise I began to refine by technique, and started to enjoy making radio bulletins.