Welcome to the very first issue of RadioDoc Review, an online space where producers, critics and lovers of radio documentaries and audio storytelling meet.
Those of us who make and listen to quality radio documentaries have learned to seek out the best examples of audio storytelling via a mixture of trusted outlets, programs that win esteemed awards, and word-of-mouth. Social media are a boon in drawing attention to notable works, and key producers, programs, festivals and events have all helped to develop a dedicated audiophile community. But those of us with a passion for the long-form audio narrative are hungry for more. What makes an audio documentary or feature memorable, evocative, or gripping? Why do we get so emotionally involved with some stories? What is the secret to storytelling through sound? What, in fact, are the unique strengths and characteristics of our particular medium and form?
Recommended CitationMcHugh, Siobhan, Editorial Introduction, RadioDoc Review, 1(1), 2014.