Bump it!

The radio bumper assignment we had to do was pretty fun! I don’t typically record myself when editing sound but it was fun to figure out what type of vibe or tone I want my bumper to take.

To be honest, I didn’t really have a place to start. I haven’t listened to live radio in ages, and I wanted to have some sort of framework to build off of. So I did some searching on the web and found a helpful video on YouTube by Mike Russell, called “Rule of Three Rules For Radio Sweepers”. He provided a simple to follow template to give me an idea of how I should format my process when searching for sound effects, and for what to say!

After watching that, I searched on the links provided for some sound effects and sound bites to pull from. I think the main thing I struggled with was trying to find a tone that all my chosen sound effects would match to, so that it didn’t feel like it was super pop at the beginning and rap at the end. I wanted to keep it somewhat 80’s but I don’t think I managed to stay on that train of thought with it. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The only thing I would change would be to add an extra sound effect before the ending one, however, I couldn’t manage to find any that had what I wanted in them. I did edit a lot of them, if not all of them; I’ve edited media in Audacity before so I was fairly familiar with the process. Nonetheless, it was fun to experiment with features and sliders and listen to the result of the edits played back to me!

My radio bumper