Speech Packages: Unit 40 – Outcome 3

Xfm is a brand of three commercial radio stations focused on alternative music, primarily indie rock, and owned by Global Radio.

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Welcome to night vale is a podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within it. The series was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and is published by Commonplace Books. Cecil Gershwin Palmer, the host, main character, and narrator, is voiced by Cecil Baldwin, while secondary characters are sometimes voiced by guest stars, such as Carlos, voiced by Dylan Maron. The podcast typically airs on the first and fifteenth of every month, and consists of “news, announcements and advertisements” from the desert town radio station. Joseph Fink said that he “came up with this idea of a town in that desert where all conspiracy theories were real, and we would just go from there with that understood.

The Ricky Gervais Show is a comedic speech package consisting of a trio of personalities, Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington. I remember listening to the first seasons when I was younger and being in hysterics, it’s the only speech package that impacted me. This is why we’re going down a comedy route with ours, we live our lives looking at things that amuse us so why try to create something else? My research told me that the show was the most downloaded podcast until it was overtaken by The Adam Carolla Show. This is even more significant because the Gervais and his co-writers are British, proving the richness of British humour which is often entirely satirical, sarcastic or designed in order to observe and mock questionable behavioural traits.

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Above is a (badly taken) photograph of a rough script, that matches our style of working well. We prefer to ad-lib most of it as scripting can choke people up and take the focus away from the acting.

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