First Day of Controlling the Board – Jyotsna Scales – Davis Broadcasting

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Well today was the day. My first day working the board on live radio. I was so nervous about messing up and causing just silence on the radio. Silence on a radio station is a bad thing. Music or commercials needs to always be running on the radio, even someone just talking. I started working the board around the 4 o’clock hour when topic of the day was over. I was basically in charge of getting the 4 play at 4 ready and the throwback song of the day. It’s interesting being charge of the board and controlling what the audience is listening to. You see the first two tabs from the left control the volume for the microphone, while the red and yellow buttons for all the control buttons determine whether that portion of the board is on or not. Red signifies “on air” and yellow if off the air. The next three control bars represent the volume for the music. All three must be at a set volume so the sound will equal out when the radio personality is talking you can move the first two tabs down so when the next song plays it intertwines. Next we have is BBAR 1, 2, and 3 which controls the background music behind the speaker. When the radio personality is talking you want some kind of music behind it so their won’t be any silence. There are several instrumentals to choose from and of course each radio station picks their own personal one. The next control bars control the computer and phone such as when callers call in and recorded. Let’s say today wasn’t perfect but that’s why after today I will keep controlling the board at a certain hour than eventually run the board the whole time slot by myself. Radio isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. There is a lot of planning and thinking towards it

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