Blog post by Senior Lecturer Zara Healy.
Radio legend and Visiting Professor Trevor Dann spent two days with Radio and Audio Production students at the University in October, when he delivered masterclasses in ‘what makes a good broadcast voice’, ‘using the latest smart phone apps to source good radio’ and ‘the role of A&R’ amongst a host of other topics.
Dozens of students were in attendance as well as guests from a range of community radio stations across Lincolnshire including Gravity FM (Grantham) and Lincoln City Radio, who were invited to a two-hour masterclass on radio presentation skills. Guests posed many questions to Trevor including how best to liven up travel scripts to writing for radio.
Trevor’s advice was supportive and honest. He stressed the importance of really listening to different radio stations, podcasts etc. to encourage future producers and presenters to keep up to date with what their competitors and colleagues are doing. “The future of radio is speech” he told a packed audience, “do not be afraid to try new things and be creative, give the audience the unexpected”.
Feedback from the event has been incredibly positive and, as well as his regular guest lectures, Trevor is set to return for more workshops and masterclasses in the near future.