Podcast versus Broadcast – Part 5

5th Difference

Time or Duration

Carly Scheffer*

Previously, I typed TIME as the fifth difference, well, what I mean actually is the DURATION of the program or content. It has similar understanding and correlation with the previous 2 points of difference, but specifically the duration of the podcast is quite loose as opposed to radio broadcast. In a radio program, broadcasters are strictly managed or restricted by the segmentation of the program itself. The amount of time an announcer can speak is regulated by the structure of the radio program. The structure of the program is designed by a producer or straight by a station manager. A station manager or director reports to BOD or management.

There are also break times during the whole radio program in order to broadcast commercial breaks, public service announcements and music. These breaks are regulated by the marketing department which is separated from the broadcasting department. So, in other words, the duration of a podcast content is truly unrestrained, on the contrary, the duration of radio program is pretty much restrained. For example, if I work on Monday in a radio station, I can sit and host programs for one until max. 4 hours and the rest of 4 other hours, I may have to work on some paper works, contacting guests or listeners, help with production, etc, We work just like a normal employee: 8 hours even more. But, when I’m hosting a podcast, I can record as little as 5 minutes, after all it is my own channel, right.  

Never in my life, I go to the office/ radio station and produce an audio program for only 5 minutes and then go home 😊 but it happens with podcast. Below, you can find my UPH students creating their own podcast monologues for a minimum of 5 minutes. The contents of their podcasts are firstly as introduction and how they cope with this pandemic. This podcast project is designed to help students learn, explore and practice their recording skill, editing skill, vocal technique, writing skill as well as interviewing skill. After all this is a practicum subject. In the point of view of teacher, as a radio teacher, I teach students to work independently and individually. Conversely, last and previous years, within radio broadcast, students learn how to work as a team.

Raska Mario (right), 3rd-year journalism student of UPH. She is supposed to interview me as her PA, but I will have 3 other students interviewing for this individual assignment. Students must conduct 2 interviews; one is with a lecturer and the other one is with a music student. On November 10, she posted an interview with Ms. Amelia Liwe (left) – Head of Master study program International Relation of Universitas Pelita Harapan.


By Raska Mario

You may want to tune in to Raska Mario’s channel where she has already produced 4 audio programs as her final project for radio class. She started out with greeting the audience with a verse/poem…quite funny though. What catched my attention (besides the verse) is her social message to remind her audience to always wash hands, wear a mask and keep the distance, we call this “3M” in bahasa Indonesia. Speaking of bahasa Indonesia, Raska and Ms. Amelia discussed things on how to promote Indonesia through culture and language diplomacy. Language diplomacy is part of Southeast Asian study. The idea of promoting a country can be done through language diplomacy, which is something fun and cool that anyone can do (“You don’t have to be a diplomat to do this”, said Amelia).

Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque…to Modern Era

Raska interviewed Yemima

Besides her teacher, Yemima was inspired to pursue music as her study because of Charlotte Church. Yemima is one of the music students of UPH that chose performance or singing as her major. From this interview, you may learn a little bit information that might refreshes your mind. And it is the function of radio, not only giving information, radio can educate, entertain, advocate as well as involving social-learning dialogue. I guess a podcast serves similar roles as radio does. There are 6 era’s of music: medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantique and the 20th century music era is called the modern era. It is so refreshing to listen to this interview as you may also listen to Yemima’s singing performance.

Raska (right) interviewed using zoom video meeting application.

Carly Scheffer is a guest-author at Harry’s Head.

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