Weekly Assignments

Radio Bu-bum-bumpin


The #ds106 radio bumper assignment is required for week 5. 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.

The Work

Music is something incredibly special to me. When I think of music or the radio, I think of tuning myself out of my environment and almost tuning myself into the audio. Kind of like tuning into a station, but in my head. That’s why for my radio bumper I chose to use static that tunes into me speaking. I used sound effects from FreeSound: static & plugging in and from SoundCloud: Tame Impala/White Stripes/The Pixies mix. I chose this specific mix to talk over because I really love all 3 of the bands, they hold a special place in my heart as I’ve listened and loved all of them at different times in my life (it also helped that it was free for use). I used Audacity to edit the audio and add effects, then uploaded the .mp3 to Soundcloud. I got the hang of Audacity pretty fast and like what I created. Of course it could always be better, but I am thrilled with how it turned out.

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