radioBehind the Scenes of a Radio Broadcast

Dr. Jan McBarron
Mar 28, 2019 · 4 min read

We are all familiar with how effortless it is to dial into our favorite radio broadcast; or better yet these days, tell “Alexa” or “Siri” to do it for us. However, things are altogether different on the production side of the spectrum, where various professionals work hard to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.

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According to Dr. Jan McBarron, an acclaimed and award-winning physician who championed the practice of non-surgical weight loss in the U.S., and who co-hosted along with her husband the popular “Duke & the Doctor” radio show that was repeatedly recognized by Talkers Magazine (a.k.a. “The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media”) as one of the top 100 most influential nationally-syndicated radio shows in the country, here are some key behind the scenes pieces of the puzzle that comprise an outstanding, professional-grade radio broadcast:

Engineering

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Perhaps the most unheralded professionals in the radio industry are the engineers, whose critically important job is to ensure that the thousands of wires and cables that pass through a centralized engineering room are in place, safe, and doing what they are supposed to do: transmitting the signal from the studio to a small room (often called a dog house in the radio world) that contains studio transmitter links, which in turn route the signal to each listeners’ radio.

Dr. Jan McBarron explains that radio engineers are highly trained and well-versed in advanced technology and play a pivotal role in ensuring that any broadcast is successful. Additionally, sound engineers also make sure that the sound quality is consistently high, which is vital for radio.

Production

Preparation

Editing

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For recorded shows, editing is another critical behind-the-scenes aspect of radio that makes or breaks broadcast success. Dr. McBarron highlights that editing is also a matter of ensuring that broadcasts do not run over the allotted time. Often, this can involve cutting out content that is interesting or entertaining, but unfortunately lacks relevance to be part of the final cut. It is difficult to make those edits, but necessary.

Evaluation

Dr. Jan McBarron’s Final Thoughts

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Jan McBarron, M.D.

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Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.

Dr. Jan McBarron

Jan McBarron, M.D. has over 30 years of experience helping individuals lose weight and live healthier lives. For over 20 years, Dr. McBarron also co-hosted Duke & the Doctor, a leading, nationally syndicated health talk show.

Dr. Jan McBarron

Written by

Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.

Dr. Jan McBarron

Jan McBarron, M.D. has over 30 years of experience helping individuals lose weight and live healthier lives. For over 20 years, Dr. McBarron also co-hosted Duke & the Doctor, a leading, nationally syndicated health talk show.

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