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Radio Bumper

A bumper is a 15-30 second introduction to remind people to what they’re listening to. If you’re interested in doing this assignment yourself, click this LINK. For this assignment, I attempted to create a bumper for DS106’s radio station… go ahead and take a listen…


For this bumper I mainly used and the audio program Audacity. I went to and found a sound clip I liked that sounded noir to me. While the video was playing, I hit the record button on Audacity and waited till the vocals started and then I cut it off right at, “baby, you know I’m guilty…” . I then went and wrote a blurb for myself to say out loud:

“‘eving ladies and gents you’re listening to Noir106 Radio. Sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself some classic noir.”

Usually when I listen to the radio, I find the bumpers to be too long and, to be frank, obnoxious. I ultimately wanted to make a bumper that, when people listen to it, they aren’t instantly like, “Oh crap this again.”

I mean, I tried.

So! after I wrote my blurb I went ahead and hit record while reciting the line, hitting the stop button when I was finished.

Previous to these sound bits I had experimented with a couple other sounds and songs, none of which really suited this project. I couldn’t figure out how to delete them, but there is a mute button on the tracks. I muted the sounds I didn’t want, and viola there we go I had me an the noir theme in the background. I played around with the sounds so that my voice was overtop of the theme. I had to look online to figure out how to save and export the file. Basically, you hit the stop button (the little square) and then go to file, export, and that’s it. For me it saved as a WAV file in iTunes.

For my first attempt at using Audacity, I didn’t think this was half bad!

I hope you enjoy the blurb! As always, feel free to leave me a comment.

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