Making Radio and Podcasts is a practical guide for anyone who wants to learn how to make successful programmes in the digital era. It examines the key roles in audio and podcasting: announcing, presenting, research, copywriting, producing, marketing and promotions. It also outlines what is involved in creating different types of programmes: news and current affairs, music, talkback, comedy and features, podcasts, as well as legal and regulatory constraints.

With contributions from industry experts, the fully updated fourth edition is global in focus and reflects the impact of podcasts and digital radio, including multi-platform delivery, listener databases, social media and online marketing. It also examines how radio stations have reinvented their business models to accommodate the rapid changes in communications and listener expectations.

This is the ideal text for undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on radio, audio and podcasting, media production and digital media, with broader appeal to professionals and practitioners in the audio industries.

chapter 1|29 pages

History of Radio

chapter 3|15 pages

Making Podcasts

chapter 5|36 pages

The Studio

chapter 7|15 pages


chapter 8|18 pages


chapter 9|16 pages

Researching and Producing

chapter 10|14 pages


chapter 11|6 pages


chapter 12|8 pages

Audio Production

chapter 13|19 pages


chapter 14|13 pages

Audience Research and Promotions

chapter 15|13 pages

Radio Sales

chapter 16|23 pages


chapter 17|9 pages

Features and Comedy

chapter 18|20 pages