It’s always nice to do something a little different and this week instead of normal class we took a trip to the Catalunya Radio station here in Barcelona. We spent about an hour touring the station, seeing all the different parts and departments of the radio. Our professor works on a program called Tot és molt confús and we had the chance to see where he works. Each different part of the building is essential to the success of the radio. There are the information areas and computer desks where everyone puts together the different parts of the program. We saw a short tutorial of an editing program where clips are made for each show. It was amazing to see the amount of sound clips and information that go into just one show. There are also the studios where the actual recording takes place as well as the behind the scenes room where the directors and producers run the show. Cataluyna Radio has many different programs throughout the day; general news, information, sports, and special programs. Each of these plays an important role in creating a great radio program throughout the day.
Back in the states I have one station that I listen to on a regular basis, KIIS FM. This radio station differs from Cataluyna Radio in that it is mainly focused on music and pop culture. The station is based in Los Angeles, California and reaches millions of listeners every day. The morning show is run by Ryan Seacrest, a popular host and producer in the states. It consists of all the recent celebrity news and pop culture, usually gossipy and sometimes a little over the top. Throughout the rest of the day the station plays music, usually the top 100, with some exceptions. I have to admit that the main reason I listen to the radio is for the music aspect. KIIS FM suits those needs very well and I do not really spend much time listening to the radio other than that.