I had no idea what a bumper was before starting this assignment. Little did I know, it was something I’ve been hearing since as long as I could remember. I don’t even know why I didn’t know that the name for those pauses within the radio stations are “radio bumpers”. I feel that’s super interesting to me!
I honestly didn’t know what to do for the two days I was thinking about this assignment; I didn’t know what to say to be more specific. Then I literally came up with the best idea ever: Disney channel was in my life since forever… their version of a “radio bumper” has been ingrained in my head. I felt that would be really funny to use, and it fit right over 10 seconds. It was perfect. I don’t get why I didn’t think of it sooner! It fit me and my personality the best.
This didn’t take me that long to do. I recorded the audio clip real quick (of course multiple times because the 1st to the 100th are never good enough), and then I uploaded the file to Soundcloud. Two steps, and I was done.
Here is my radio bumper! Enjoy!
Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_(broadcasting)). So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.