Produced Features

Producing features is not an easy thing to do. It requires a lot of courage. To produce a good feature, you have to step out of your comfort zone and go out and talk to complete strangers. You don’t have a clue how this person will respond to an invitation to an interview, but you can only hope they’ll be a good subject. Features require a lot of thought. To produce a good feature you have to think about what the audience is interested in. What do people talk about? Once you find a subject, pick an angle. What is it about this subject that you want to explore? Then find your person to interview. Who is a good person that will be informative about this topic? I’ve had the opportunity to produce a few features myself. Our Planet Earth, Beyond the Sidelines, Making Contact, Culture Connection and Scene Not Heard are all features I’ve done. 

Beyond the Sidelines

Beyond the Sidelines is a 3 minute feature that runs on Evolution 107.9, which is BCIT’s very own radio station. The feature explores the world of sport, and not just the mainstream ones. The feature can be about anything at all related to sports. For example, it doesn’t just have to be about mainstream sports like hockey or football, it can be as off-the-board as you want! It could be about stuff like disc golf, or water polo! The topic and angle are up to whoever is doing the feature that week. How it usually goes is the host picks a topic and an angle. Then they’ll go out and find the best person to talk about the subject. For example, if the topic is about rugby, the host could go out and interview maybe rugby Canada’s head coach. The possibilities are endless. The ideal goal is to have a feature that’s both entertaining and informative. All episodes of Beyond the Sidelines are produced at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at the Burnaby campus by the Radio Arts and Entertainment students

Making Contact

Making Contact is a 12 minute, recorded-live feature that runs on Evolution 107.9, which is BCIT’s very own radio station. The feature is split into two 6-minute segments with a 30 second commercial in between. It can literaly be about anything. All you need is a topic, a story behind it, and a guest who’s credible. The aim is to make an episode as engaging as possible. You literally only have 10 seconds to capture your audience. So, you have to write a captivating intro that will engage your listener. Then pursue a story and get an angle. What story can people relate to? Why would people listen to your show? Also, prep is super important. If you have no prep for the interview, man you’re going to look bad. If you do a lot of research beforehand on the subject, you can ask some pretty darn good questions and get very good content. Plus you can impress your guest that way! All episodes of Making Contact are produced at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at the Burnaby campus by the Radio Arts and Entertainment students 

Our Planet Earth

Our Planet Earth is a 3 minute feature that runs on Evolution 107.9, which is BCIT’s very own radio station. The feature covers issues that we face in the environment today. In a typical episode, whoever is producing the feature that week will sit down with an expert in the field of whatever topic that episode will gravitate around. For example, if the episode is on plastic, a good person to talk to could be someone who works at a landfill, or even better, a manufacturer that uses plastic. Essentially the goal is to have an informative and educational episode on the topic. The angle of the topic may vary depending on who’s doing the episode that week. All episodes of Our Planet Earth are produced at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at the Burnaby campus by the Radio Arts and Entertainment students. 

Culture Connection

Culture Connection is a 3 minute, recorded-live feature that runs on Evolution 107.9, which is BCIT’s very own radio station. The feature is a interview, which is spliced into bits that are played between voiceovers. The point of it is to touch a culture and explore that culture. It’s always best to try to explore cultures people have never heard of. For one, people are probably more likely to do an interview because it’s a way of getting their story out, and two, people will more likely tune in and be interested. All you need is a topic, a story behind it, and a guest who’s credible. You can’t just grab some random person. They have to be closely associated with that culture. The aim is to make an episode as engaging as possible. You literally only have 10 seconds to capture your audience. So, you have to write a captivating intro that will engage your listener.  All episodes of Culture Connection are produced at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at the Burnaby campus by the Radio Arts and Entertainment students 

Scene Not Heard

Scene Not Heard is a 1 minute, recorded-live feature that runs on Evolution 107.9, which is BCIT’s very own radio station. The feature is essentially a “check this out” sort of thing. Basically, the person doing the podcast chooses the way they want to approach it. The aim is to inform listeners about events coming up locally (in this case, the metro Vancouver area) that day. The person doing it can choose to just make the podcast on one event and talk about that for a minute, or to list off a bunch of events and not provide a ton of detail on each one. I found a happy medium. I would choose 3 events, and do a little blurb on each event so people had a rough idea of what to expect. This was part of my promo experience, so along with going out in the Evolution car and doing hits from places, this needed to be produced as well. Luckily it’s only a mintute! All episodes of Scene Not Heard are produced at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at the Burnaby campus by the Radio Arts and Entertainment students.

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