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Radio Part 2

jeremy | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, Intro to Radio

Radio research is about people.  It is either looking for Information about people or it is about Getting Hold Of people.

1. Background | People in the News or Celebrities

Try newspapers on the internet:

Daily Telegraph

Daily Mail

The Times

The Financial Times

The Independent

The Guardian

The Sun

The Mirror

The Star

The Morning Star

2. Online News

BBC News (UK)

ABC News (US)

3. Sport

Guardian | Cricket

BBC News | Sport

Sky Sports | Football

4. UK Government

Number 10 | Contact

The Stationery Office (for official documents e.g. Hansard)

5. US Government

The White House | Contact

6. Yahoo People Search

Yahoo People Search (US Only)

Ask Jeeves | How Can I Find Someone?

Email | Demi Moore | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Email | Madonna | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

8. Media Emails

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9. Films



Guardian | Film

Aint It Cool News

10. Media Jobs

The Guardian | Media Jobs

11. Build Your CV

About Work

Getting hold of people is difficult - you have to find them, phone them and persuade them to take part in your show - practice on student shows. You will need to do this as soon as you start on a programme anywhere in radio.

Being A Good Researcher

The most important attributes of a good researcher are perseverance, care with checking facts and lateral thinking. 

Here are some basic guidelines on getting good guests and keeping out of trouble:


  • Always try and confirm a potential programme guest’s story before you invite him or her to the studio or to do an interview .
  • Check details with friends, relatives, or work colleagues if at all possible
  • Make sure guests sign a permission form - sometimes known as a blood chit - giving the broadcaster (i.e. Farnborough) the broadcast rights over that...

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