Making radio features

There are many different ways to make a world class radio documentary. Creating a good radio feature is all about the art of shaping sound to tell compelling stories. Done well, they can provide intimate insights into somebody else’s world, painting vivid pictures in the minds of your listeners.

There are many different ways to making a radio documentary. Some are presenter-led, others will have the contributor as presenter, telling their story in their own words. Music and silence can also be extremely powerful dramatic tools.

"If you just have a microphone, you can get a quality of intimacy that you don't get if you have a camera." – Russell Finch

Joining Hazel Marshall on the CoP Show to discuss how they craft radio documentaries are bestselling author and presenter Jon Ronson and radio producers Russell Finch and Laurence Grissell.

Russell Finch is head of features at Somethin’ Else and won Best Documentary Feature Maker at this year’s Radio Production Awards. Russell’s work includes Stefan Gates’ Cover Story for Radio 4 and Wild Hackney.

Laurence Grissell is an award winning producer at Radio 4. His documentaries include An Interior Life, Document: A Very British Coup, Lives in a Landscape and Wireless Nights with Jarvis Cocker.

Joining in down the line is Jon Ronson, bestselling author and producer of television and radio documentaries. His books include The Psycopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats which was adapted into a film starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. His series Jon Ronson On... for Radio 4 has had multiple Sony nominations.

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