Audiodocumentary.org curator, contributor, co-editor Rich Halten has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his haunting documentary Splash (renamed for broadcast). This proves that Rich is just as talented at producing radio as he is at finding great stuff to share on AD. Congrats Rich!
The BBC World Service has left its famous home, Bush House. For 70 odd years tourists would turn to snap photos of the imposing art deco builing that overseas was known as the home of the BBC. All the while, the the lease was ticking down…
The staff who work there hold the buildiong in great affection, as suggested by this short feature made oduring night shifts by a sound engineer there.
People talk about silence on the radio – and it's surprisingly effective. Gordon Hempton is a nature sound recordist, behind the "One Square Inch of Silence" project. The spiritual aspect to Gordon's view of the great forests is very present, and adds to the reflective sense of the programme. There are also some more standalone field recordings on the programme webpage.
A team of creative types, a radio producer, and a medical interpreter (who happens to be creative at radio) have come together to create a new show – words escape me. It's well named. Episode one admits being influenced by CBC's WireTap, and then gets un-Canadian and competitive about it. Episode two of this radio show is about annoying noises. Very promising.
It's Friday afternoon. You've had a tooth abscess, are on two types of medication, and are presenting a national talk show in Ireland. And your team gives you an interview with the man who wants $200,000 so he can quickly pop out to the Indian Ocean, pull up Osama Bin Laden's body, and get a $20, 000,000 reward. How do you react?