Communications Books and Proposal Meeting

          While meeting with Prof. Williams for a discussion about my proposal on February 1st, 2016, he suggested me three books to add into the list of sources for the Radio drama. These three books will be aimed towards a better understanding and more holistic look into sound design and communicating through sound. The books are: Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics by Herbert Zettl, The Music Producer’s Survival Guide by Brian M. Jackson, and Audio in Media by Stanley R. Alten. Kevin suggested me these books to help with giving an insight into more complex and more wholesome knowledge into what is what when it comes to creating content using sound. For example, Prof. Williams showed me a chart in one of the books that showed what frequencies to set, what distance to be, and other sorts of information to make various sound effects and voice effects. I will be reading these books extensively to gain...
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Interpersonal Communications and My project

     Interpersonal Communications is the study and or practice of observing how people communicate, interact, and develop relationships with a person, or groups of people. The exact opposite of this is Impersonal Communications. During my sophomore spring semester here at Shepherd University, I took a course entitled Interpersonal Communications. It was COMM 308 with Prof. Joyce Webb. The class was very interesting, but helpful. I also kept the textbook from the class too. Looking Out Looking In by Ronald Adler and Russell Proctor II.  The book and the class helped me realize my own personal barriers and problems when talking with people and how I can improve upon them. It also helped me realize that I had some personal issues to deal with. I did some research, personal searching and talked to a doctor and found out I have Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, a form of Panic Disorder, bouts of Manic Disorder, and finally, Thanatophobia (the fear of dying).   ...
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Resources for Producing Well Made Radio Dramas and Podcasts

Considering my situation, I figured to do some research into how well made radio dramas and podcasts do it. It really all boils down to a primary three things: Script, Personnel, and Production.In both Radio dramas and pod-casting, you have to be prepared for your show/episode ahead of time, or you will look foolish and unprofessional. I have done small radio drama projects for school and am a production team member for Draw 4 Podcast, and I understand the importance of being prepared with a script already being written and having an idea as to the direction or genre you are writing in and the audience you want to pull in.However, if you are just starting out on your own and wanting to get into the world of both radio dramas and/or podcasting, here are links that can help with those starting, continuing to strive and improve oneself, or those that need a refresher.7 Secrets to a Successful PodcastKeys to...
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No New News to Report

Still stuck between the two ideas for my Capstone Project. I also haven't been able to meet with my director (Kevin) to be able to discuss the project. I re-sent my email to try and schedule a meeting whenever we can attend school again when we get unstuck from the snow.I would love to do either idea, but I cannot make a decision as to what to do. I could make a radio drama about the struggles about editing a podcast. :PWho knows....
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Stuck in a Rock and a Hard Place

   I would normally be prepared and talk in depth to the best of my abilities about whatever I'm supposed to be talking about. BUT... I'm stuck between two ideas. Originally, I was stuck on like four or five ideas, but I narrowed my options down to two. I would like to either discuss about the podcast I am a production member in pertaining to the game of Magic: The Gathering called Draw 4 Podcast, or create a radio drama/extend upon a preexisting radio drama I had created. The podcast is usually centered around a group of two to the three people discussing certain, predetermined topics revolving around the game of Magic in someway. From format discussions, to cards that could possibly be versatile from new sets and have impact in the existing formats, to general chats about alters, memories of playing the game, and all-around just anything pertaining to the game of Magic. The podcast was founded September 23rd of...
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Cultural Event Attendance #1: The Division II National Championship Football Game (Marching Band)

         This season, The Shepherd University Rams football team fought their way to the NCAA Division II National Championship game against Northwest Missouri State University. The game was played in Kansas City, Kansas (Yes, it’s real. It’s a half hour or so outside of the other KC.) While the football team got to fly over, the Ram Band, cheerleaders, and fans had to drive it by bus. The buses for the band and cheer team were funded by an athletic department fundraiser, called “Band on the Run” (the fan bus was a separate fund). This trip is an all told 18 hour drive from Shepherd to KCK, including restroom stops, refueling the buses, driver changes, and food stops. Shepherd University Athletics school logo. Credit: Shepherd University AthleticsHow did we all pass the time? Well, considering we had to be on campus by 4:30 in the morning on December 18th, most of the band and cheerleaders tried to get some much needed...
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