About the Book
Book 1: The Medium
Book 2: Reaching The Public
Book 3: The
Radio and Education
This course is intended to give students an
understanding of the medium of Radio, a brief theory of the signs and language
by which it conveys its messages, a survey of its target audience and the basic
concepts of scriptwriting for various Radio Programmes that include News,
Documentary, Features, Commentaries, Talks, Discussion and Interviews. The
concluding Block of this course discusses Radio in the service of Education,
both at the School and University level.
The Course consists of 4 Blocks comprising a total of 17 Units.
In the previous Block (Block 1), you learnt
about the characteristics of Radio and the basic signs and codes that govern
the technique of writing. Before beginning your study of the various stages
involved in scripting for Radio News, Documentary, Feature
etc. you must understand the theory of mass communication. This will enable you
to use radio scripts towards fulfilling the main objectives of mass
This Block discusses the theory of mass
communication and how radio is an effective medium of mass communication. Among
the different media of mass communication, Radio is rated high in view of its
ready availability, cost-effectiveness and the ease with which it can be operated
with simple battery cells. We will discuss the theory of mass communication in
Unit 5. This unit is seminal to an understanding of writing for Radio
programmes that provide information, analysis and discussion on various issues
and topics of current interest to the public.
Unit 6 deals with Public Service Announcements.
Unit 7 looks at Radio scripting for News.
Unit 8 discusses the preparation and production
of documentaries and features, magazines and profiles for Radio.
Unit 9 gives the necessary guidelines for Radio Interviews and Radio
Book 3: The Imagination
Radio as a medium of mass communication
provides both education and entertainment to its listeners. In this Block we shall
discuss Radio in the service of Entertainment. This naturally leads us to a
discussion of imaginative writing for Radio. This Block consists of three
Units-10, 11 and 12. Each of them is briefly described below.
In Unit 10, we deal with Radio Plays. This
includes a discussion on examination of I Stage
Plays for their radio worthiness and selection of plays and their adaptation
for I broadcast over the radio. It also examines the basic components of a
play such as I action, dialogue, narration and music and sound
Unit II discusses adaptation of novels and
short stories and classics for Radio. We have included a copy of Two Indian
legends from Legends of India along with the print instructional material. We
have analysed a short story to show how this can be adapted for the radio.
Unit 12 looks at commentaries on sports and
special events on. the Radio. It also includes a
discussion on light entertainment radio programmes in English.
Book 4: Radio and Education
The use of Radio for Education has been widely
acclaimed and accepted all over the world. The potential writer for Radio
educational material is no longer necessarily a professional writer, but
someone who has the right information to get across to learners through the
medium and who has the ability to find effective ways of doing so. The
instructor on Radio needs to express ideas and other educational concepts in a
form that has immediate impact on the listener and will be easily understood by
In this Block
Unit 13 explains the role of Radio in education-
how to decide on your objective and get your ideas transferred to paper.
Units 14-15 deal with Radio broadcasts for
Children and School broadcasts.
Units 16-17 deal with Radio and Non-formal
Education and Radio and Open learning.
All the units give you hints on better writing
technique for instruction over Radio and how to choose your script for this
Block 1 The Medium
Radio : An
Radio : A Historical
and Adapting to Radio Codes : Replacement of Visual Codes by Auditory Codes
Block 2 Reaching The Public
Radio and Mass Communication
Public Service Announcements
Scripting for News
Documentaries, Features, Magazines & Profiles
Interviews and Discussions
Block 3 The Imagination
Adaptations of Novels, Short Stories, Classics for Radio
Sports, Special Events and Entertainment
Block 4 Radio And Education
The Role of Radio in Education
Radio for Children
Radio and Non-Formal Education
Radio and Distance Education
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