Radio Show Weekly Assignments

Radio Bu-Bum-Bumpin Pt. 2


For my first Audio Assignment of week 7 I chose to re-do my ds106 radio bumper: Radio Bu-Bum-Bumpin. Summary: Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.

Behind the Work

I decided to redo my radio bumper in order to redeem myself. It’s not that I didn’t like my bumper, but when it was included in the Week 5: Turn it up! post the person who said they liked my bumper said, “I thought the creativity was something special. It took me a second to understand what was going on because it just sounded like a bad recording at first but it made sense as you continued listening. Maybe could have been a better sound selection but overall it was cool to listen to!” This made me a little sad because I had been trying to figure out why my bumper sounded a little off when I was making it and couldn’t figure out why. Instead of being upset by this, I decided to use it as motivation to make it even better!

During the Work

When I first started working on this assignment I really didn’t know what to do. I thought about taking my current bumper and just tweaking it, but I’m not in love with that bumper and want to start anew. So to start I looked up radio bumpers to listen to in order to inspire me. Unfortunately, all of the bumpers I found were kinda lame and not all had audio like I expected (why are some centered on Video, who knows). Next I brainstormed what I may want to include in my bumper by listening to various sounds available on FreeSound and Soundcloud. I decided on a Tame Impala remix for my background music. After playing around with various sound mixes and voice overs, I decided on a simple radio bumper. I like how it turned out.

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