OAP Vs. BROADCASTER: RADIO TALKS WITH EKEMINI JOSEPH

Ekemini Joseph is a Radio Enthusiast and more. He built 2 transmitters at different times to broadcast around his community from his bedroom. He’s taken his passion to actual radio studios where he functions as an immensely creative Producer who speaks fluent English and Ibibio. He also offers voice overs and radio imaging and production services via his InkCraft Media platform. This is an excerpt from his facebook series #RadioTalks and it resonates with so much familiarity… If the critics’ reviews are anything to go by then this thwarts #batmanvsuperman

“I am an OAP”, ” He is a veteran broadcaster”. You must have heard those statements conferred on people who sit behind [a] microphone(s) in a padded room with [a] desktop computer(s) in front of them and your church mixer look alike – You listen as two of your best presenters dialogue on radio. They both sound fun to be with, interesting, intelligent and they giggle along freely. Say one is male, the other is female. Okay, between them sitting there talking, there is a big difference; their introduction outside the studio and how people rate them.

Let’s do a little recap. Back in the day, radio had DCAs- Duty Continuity Annoucers. Their duties were simple as the name implied; they announced programmes and read the news. In time, the term presenter became widespread. The job naturally requires one to present or anchor, shey? Well, not exactly. These set of microphone-speaking-humans pushed the DCAs into extinction. They had features. They anchored programmes, promoted brands, did hype and some read news. If you want to be recognized, you have to accept that you are a presenter.

Now, we hear of the popular OAPs. On Air Personalities. Some of these ones nowadays do not know their roles. I mean it. They act like the station type face. The logo, model. Their job? Not quite different since the DCA’s days. Note,Stations vary the use of the aforementioned titles.

Now, there is who we call a broadcaster. He or she knows every bit of the job. They can read the news righteously fine, anchor a programme with passion, do voiceovers amicably. A little ish with the console won’t send him/her into panic, s/he knows the right first aid before the engineers come to the rescue. A broadcaster understands what is going on in a studio just by listening to the radio. She can tell the system you are hovering. A broadcaster pays attention to detail (not necessarily a perfectionist) to make it right. He knows a bit of everything. Structures of how the media house works. He or she can handle any department at the slightest opportunity.

PS: This applies to both gender and is not about age.

I am Ekemini Joseph.

Author: Tony Doe

Voice-Overs, Radio Imaging & Production, Podcasts, Internet Radio.

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