Some interesting things are said in the attic of the high school when Common Ground students are working on their podcast. They don’t all make it to air though, according to teaching assistant Stefan Christensen.
“I have probably several minutes and hours of students cursing documented,” he said, as he smiled.. “Getting frustrated and annoyed doing multiple takes and all sorts of weird, strange things that come out of teenagers’ mouths when you give them the opportunity to say what they want.”
The obscenities may not make air, but everything else does, according to junior Bridget Cunningham.
“One of the things I said was ‘you smell better when you’re sleeping’. Another one was like ‘your legs are so smooth I could lick them’. It was really weird stuff.”
— Bridget Cunningham
“We did one segment called aggressive compliments and I don’t know what happened to me I just started saying things because it was all on the spot,” Cunningham said, as she prepared to record another podcast. “One of the things I said was ‘you smell better when you’re sleeping’. Another one was like ‘your legs are so smooth I could lick them’. It was really weird stuff.”
Really weird, and really fun. Junior Ryland Galasso said he listens to podcasts in his free time and this experience of recording one has given him an appreciation for how they are made. He sat across from Cunningham as they prepared to do a podcast called “Two Sides to 2D. Ryland said preparation is key to a successful show.
“Have everything planned out and make sure that you know what you’re going to be talking about so you’re not rambling about whatever comes to your mind,” Ryland said, as he browsed his notes before the show.
“Know who’s doing what because sometimes you’re confused about what part you’re playing, how you’re supposed to say things, you can’t just have things written down you have to discuss it,” Cunningham said.
Once Galasso and Cunningham were ready to go, Christensen adjusted their microphones and hit the record button. Galasso and Cunningham began discussing their topics, holding a conversation that sounded organic. Christensen said all the shows come direct from the students.
“We just sit here and record it,” Christensen said.
When the recording is done, the post production work starts. English teacher Keith Lambert started the podcast and enlisted the help of Christensen. Together they split the work of running the podcast after school program and editing the shows.
“It’s a ton of work editing so we need more than an hour after school once a week,” Christensen said.
It was Christensen’s day to work with his eager students, so he sat in the attic monitoring the sound levels as Galasso and Cunningham continued to talk.
You can hear whats going down up in the attic by checking out www.soundcloud.com/groundwireradio.