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A realistic understanding of how much free time you would need to dedicate to a programme on HR. As a yardstick, at the start when voice tracking, your recording will take about two thirds of the real broadcast time to record.

In other words, every hour of your programme will take about 40 minutes to record. As you become used to the system that time will decrease. When practised a 2 hour show (which most of ours are) will take you under an hour to record.
With those guidelines you can work out how your work with us impacts on your free time–  we never want HR presenters to feel pressured or over committed.

•    A commitment, if offered a programme on the station, to stay with us and record your programme for at least three months – and, hopefully, much more!

What you would need:

•    Your own PC/Laptop or Mac. This must be your own device, not a device supplied by your work or borrowed from someone else.

•    A microphone – the microphone built into your laptop won’t be good enough. See the bottom of this list for more details.

•    Headphones. They don’t have to be elaborate, your phone earbuds will probably be fine. To test, plug your headphones into your computer and play any music. If you can hear the music through the headphones you’re all set. Bluetooth headphones should also be fine, check by performing the same test.

•    Some time in a quiet place. You should ideally be able to mainly isolate yourself completely from all noises in your household.

Equipment you’ll need:

Please don’t buy any equipment until HR accepts to start training you.

You’ll need an external microphone – microphones built in to laptops are not good enough, nor are headset microphones.

The easiest device to use is a USB microphone, which simply plugs into a USB socket (Type 2.0 or Type 3.0, it doesn’t matter) on your computer. Make sure you have a spare socket.    These will cost about £20-£30. We can advise on a suitable one to suit your setup and your budget.

If you already have a mixer or audio interface to your computer, this is even better, and you’ll undoubtedly already have a microphone. This gives you greater control and is a great option. If you do have such a device you’ll already know how to use it, so read no further.

Although this is the best option, we don’t recommend going out to buy such equipment if you don’t already own it – it’s not necessary.

We recommend you buy from Amazon for this reason. Should your microphone not ‘play nice' with your computer (it does happen) Amazon have a very simple and quick returns service –you’ll get your money back guaranteed.


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