Formats Blog Task 2

For this Task we have been told to compare and contrast two speech radio shows. The two radio shows that I listen to and will be comparing and contrasting are ‘The Afternoon Show’ with Scott Mills and Chris Stark on BBC Radio 1, which received a ‘Sony Radio Academy Award’  and Mark Wright’s Show on Heart FM which attracts over 1.5 million views a week . Scott Mills and Chris Stark present there show every day 1:00 until 4:00. This show is one of the most listened to shows on the BBC not just because of the time slot they have, but the content of the show. I personally love listening to there show, because its informative, and most of very funny. It can branch out to audiences of all ages. Within the show they play games with viewers, they also play games with celebrities that come in feature on the show, such as ‘Real or no Real’, ‘Show and tell’ and the most popular ‘Innuendo bingo’. Whereas on Mark Wrights Show on Heart FM, they rarely ever play games because the focus is mainly on the music, rather than entertainment.

A huge focus of the show is the two presenters. Not many radio shows feature two main hosts, but this show does. Scott and Chris clearly have a very good relationship with each other and it comes across very well on the radio. When listening it can sometimes go off on a tangent and they tend to go on about stories of their day, which can be very settling. The show flows well because of how relaxed it is. This is different to Heart FM Mark Wright because he is normally on his own with very little guests on his show, the amount Mark speaks compared to Scott and Chris is a lot lower . This is down to the fact people listening to this show on a Saturday night are going out for a night out, so want to listen to music that will get them in the mood. The show is focused on the music, and it clearly states this in its slogan ‘taking you back to the 90’s’.

This show is not only tailored to music, but to a certain generation. The reason for this is because the people listening to the radio getting ready to go out on a Saturday evening’s are mainly going to be people from the ages of 18 to 26, which majority are born in the 90’s, and know the music of that decade. The target audience is definitely a lot smaller than it is on Scott and Chris’ which explains the content. The content on Scott’s show is a lot more lighthearted and can be recognised by all ages groups.

The next part of the task we have been given is to look into the development of radio. The first radio transmission broadcasted o Dec 24, 1906, A man called Fessenden started up his transmitting station in Massachusetts. Now there are over 44,000 Radio Stations world wide. The way create radio shows have been changing in the last few years, with more and more shows changing to Podcasts rather than recording there shows live. A Podcast is an audio file that is available online for people to download. For example people on Youtube have started to create Podcasts such as ‘Ray William Johnson’, and the ‘Smosh’ brothers, with some of there podcasts reaching over 500,000 views. Now iTunes have there own categories for podcasts, some being free, and some require you to pay a fee to listen. Also many shows like the BBC do live feeds for some of there shows, for certain interviews or segments that are posted on Youtube, and their own independent websites. A good example of this is when Chris Stark Interviewed Mila Kunis. It was an unconventional interview to say the least, and because of this received over 13 million views on Youtube. This is what really started the popularity of with Chris Stark. The way radio is changing and trying to keep up with current times, is to use these online platforms to keep them afloat, many shows are getting less and less viewers according to Ofcom, but radio station accounts such as BBC Radio 1 and Capital Fm’s Youtube accounts and websites get more and more views and subscribers.

Bibliography
BBC (2015) BBC radio 1 – BBC trust. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/our_work/services/radio/service_licences/bbc_radio_1.html (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
Deitz, C. (no date) How many radio stations are there in the world?. Available at: http://radio.about.com/cs/funradiothings/f/radiofaq2.htm (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
Heart London – listening figures (no date) Available at: https://media.info/radio/stations/heart-10/listening-figures (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
Radio: Development of radio technology (2015) Available at: http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/science/radio-development-radio-technology.html (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
Violin solo was the First music played (live) on the radio (2007) Available at: http://www.allthingsstrings.com/News/News/Violin-Solo-Was-the-First-Music-Played-Live-on-the-Radio (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(no date) Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Mills_(radio_show) (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
BBC (2015) BBC radio 1 – BBC trust. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/our_work/services/radio/service_licences/bbc_radio_1.html (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(BBC, 2015)
Deitz, C. (no date) How many radio stations are there in the world?. Available at: http://radio.about.com/cs/funradiothings/f/radiofaq2.htm (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(Deitz, no date)
Heart London – listening figures (no date) Available at: https://media.info/radio/stations/heart-10/listening-figures (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(Heart London – listening figures, no date)
Radio: Development of radio technology (2015) Available at: http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/science/radio-development-radio-technology.html (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(Radio: Development of radio technology, 2015)
Violin solo was the First music played (live) on the radio (2007) Available at: http://www.allthingsstrings.com/News/News/Violin-Solo-Was-the-First-Music-Played-Live-on-the-Radio (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(Violin solo was the First music played (live) on the radio, 2007)
(no date) Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Mills_(radio_show) (Accessed: 26 November 2015).
(no date)

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