Higher Education

Modern Radio Production: Production Programming & Performance, 9th Edition

  • Carl Hausman Rowan University
  • Frank (Fritz) Messere State University of New York-Oswego
  • Lewis O'Donnell State University of New York, Oswego
  • Philip Benoit Millersville University
  • ISBN-10: 1111344396  |  ISBN-13: 9781111344399
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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MODERN RADIO PRODUCTION, NINTH EDITION, provides students with a current, comprehensive look at radio production and programming, integrating new material on cutting-edge technologies with explanations of traditional equipment and practices. The authors' clear writing style, excellent descriptions and explanations, and attention to detail ensure that the text is consistent and appropriate for use in undergraduate courses.

Features and Benefits

  • A modern approach in which all inputs are examined in one chapter (Chapter 2), mirroring industry technological trends by adding such inputs as satellite and network programming and making the concepts more teachable.
  • Flash memory is now explained in Chapter 9.
  • New photos exploring the HD ProTools system.
  • Updated discussion of satellite programming is now included in Chapter 8.
  • An editing software comparison chart is included in ninth edition.
  • Updates to all discussions of software throughout the text.
  • Text-messaging as a radio tool is discussed in the ninth edition.
  • The "Think About It" feature looks at some of the ethical dilemmas faced in this era of mushrooming instant-communication channels, including the 14-hour news cycle and the relentless drive for profit.
  • Chapter 13, New Production, and 14, Remote and Sports Production, have been overhauled to illustrate the new technologies that put impressive production power into the hands of the tech-savvy. A discussion of cross-platform production is also included.
  • "You're On" features provide accessible tips on performance and have been updated to include the latest techniques in voice-tracking and automation.
  • "Tuning Into Technology" features examine new trends, equipment, and practices in radio production. Topics include digital editing and the role of the computer as the new engine of audio.
  • A series of "Radio Retro" features relate stories of radio's past and show how they connect with the present and possibly the future.
  • "Industry Update" features track current trends in the business to help students planning a career in radio plan for the future.

Table of Contents

1. Production in Modern Radio.
2. The Console.
3. Playback Devices and Console Sources.
4. Digital Recording and Recording Devices.
5. Microphones and Sound.
6. Electronic Editing.
7. Recorded Program Production.
8. Live, On-Air Production.
9. More About the Computer in Radio Production.
10. Achieving an Effect.
11. Drama and Dramatic Elements in Radio Production.
12. Commercial Production.
13. Radio Production for News and Public Affairs.
14. Remote and Sports Production.
15. Advanced Radio Production.
16. Production, Programming, and the Modern Format.
Appendix A: Another Time: A Play by Richard Wilson.
Appendix B: A Capsule History of Radio: Past Meets Future for the Modern.

What's New

  • Detailed discussion of web-based radio programming throughout the book.
  • Comprehensive explanations of the new web-based "long tail" economy and the effect on radio economics.
  • Chapter 15 now includes discussion of apps and plugins that allow the radio producer to perform extremely sophisticated operations on iPads, iPhones, and similar tablets and smartphones.
  • Chapter 9 now features a discussion about mobile and cloud capabilities, flash memory, discussion about SonicFire Pro and Garageband for creating production beds, more discussion about interactive media and radio programming (iheartradio, aolradio, etc.).
  • The very latest on new technologies to enable voice-tracking, including software that allows a remote announcer to talk over music intros and outros.
  • Complete treatment of new federal warning systems for radio.
  • A complete explanation of the new digital infrastructure and how it affects radio.
  • The ninth edition now Historical perspective on how technologies have changed radio in the past, and what that might mean for our future.
  • The latest on interactive programming, such as techniques in which on-air play is keyed to Facebook "likes".


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133351808 | ISBN-13: 9781133351801)

The instructors manual features an extensive test bank and lab exercises that are set up to coordinate with the text.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Carl Hausman

Carl Hausman is Professor of Journalism at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. He holds a Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School and did his post-doctoral fellowship at New York University. He is the author of 20 books, including several texts on broadcasting and journalism. His works also include investigative and explanatory books, articles, and columns, and he has appeared on a variety of talk shows including the O'Reilly Factor, ABC's World News Now with Anderson Cooper, CBS Radio's Capitol Voices, and CNN's Outlook. A former talk show host and anchor, Hausman has done voice-over work for a variety of corporate and institutional clients. His academic specialty is media ethics, and he has written two books on the subject and testified before Congress on ethics issues. Hausman served several terms as broadcast judging chair of the National Headliner Awards, one of the nation's oldest and largest programs recognizing journalism excellence.

Frank (Fritz) Messere

Fritz Messere is founding dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts at the State University of New York at Oswego. A member of Oswego's communication studies faculty since 1977, he is a former coordinator of its broadcasting and mass communication program and two-time department chair. Messere received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oswego and did post-graduate work at Cornell University. He is the co-author of five textbooks on electronic media and communication, including BROADCASTING, CABLE, THE INTERNET AND BEYOND. A nationally recognized expert on broadcasting regulation and telecommunications, Messere has served as external assistant to FCC Commissioner Mimi Wayforth Dawson, as senior fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program in Communication Policy, and on the Rural Policy Research Institute's National Experts Panel on Telecommunications.

Lewis O'Donnell

Lewis B. O'Donnell was Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego. O'Donnell, a former president of a radio station ownership group, worked in a variety of management and performance positions in radio and television. He was awarded the Frank Stanton Fellowship by the International Radio and Television Society and he received the New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Philip Benoit

Philip Benoit is an adjunct professor of English at Pennsylvania's Millersville University. He previously served as director of public affairs at Middlebury College in Vermont and associate vice president for communications at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. With a broad background in radio, television, and public relations, Benoit was the first director of the broadcasting academic program at SUNY Oswego. He also served as executive officer of the American Forces Network in Europe and American advisor to the Vietnamese Armed Forces Radio Network.