Broadcaster how-to guide: Adapting Farm Radio International resources for radio broadcast

May 12, 2019
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There is a huge amount of information and an enormous number of stories available in print, on the internet, in television, in film, and in other media. Some of this information and some of these stories can be adapted to create effective, entertaining, and informative radio broadcasts.

This Broadcaster how-to guide (BH2) gives tips on how to adapt information from print and online sources to the radio, and focuses on ways to adapt Farm Radio’s Resource Pack items (interview scripts, dramas, and backgrounders) and Barza Wire Farmer stories. The second part of the BH2 includes many examples of how our broadcasting partners in Ghana have adapted all these types of resources in unique and creative ways that best serve their audiences.

How can adapting material for radio broadcast help me serve my listeners better?

By adapting material from print and other media, you will have a much wider variety of materials to keep your readers better informed and entertained.

How can it help me produce better programs?

– By covering a wider range of information and stories.
– By presenting different and perhaps less familiar aspects of important issues in your community.
– By showing how other communities have dealt with the issues that your community is dealing with.
– By suggesting different ways of presenting an issue—for example, dramas, two-host conversations, debates, poems, etc.

If you have adapted any of our resources for use in your radio program or other work, we would love to hear about it. Please send an email to barza.fm@farmradio.org.