Inside The BPP

A New Sound for the BPP. You Like or No?



Our producers tried something new today for the opening block of the show. Basically they created a tapestry of cool sounds for a Super Tuesday report, and then folded the opening newscast right in.

I'm interested to hear how you like it.



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I have a problem with all the "cool" sound cluttering the background throughout the show. It is awkwardly done, and often sounds like a scratched CD disc. It's really annoying to try to hear the host through this quasi-disco audio mess! Really uncool!

Sent by Kim Crowley | 11:04 AM | 2-6-2008

When music is woven combining voice with thought and time (ala This American Life), the result can be quite powerful.

So, in this case, using music to introduce: good. fun. modern.

But using the music on a loop with the voice over: distracting. too commercial radio sounding.

You have good content. No need to clutter it up.

Sent by Emily | 11:40 AM | 2-6-2008

Your description made it sound like it was like that thing that opens the first hour of Weekend Edition Sunday, the "voices from this week's news," which I despise with a fiery passion. But actually, I liked the way it combined the day's Big Story and the usual newscast. I wouldn't want it every day, but on days like this where there's clearly a major story that both segments would focus on, it makes sense.

And personally, I've always really liked the music beds under certain segments, which I don't find distracting or too much like commercial radio. So, overall, thumbs up.

Sent by Stewart | 2:43 PM | 2-6-2008

Sorry for the thread-jack. What was the song played under the end credits on today's show?


Sent by Paul | 3:05 PM | 2-6-2008

Just wanted to say that here in NM there were some voting problems with ballots running out, 3 hour plus lines, and lines waiting in sub-freezing weather.

Sent by paul from alb. | 10:50 PM | 2-6-2008

The music is annoying, please make it go away!

Sent by Katie Delahaye Paine | 7:14 AM | 2-7-2008

@Paul ... Director Jacob Ganz says It's "Finer Feelings" by Spoon. From the record Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

Sent by Laura Conaway, NPR | 10:10 AM | 2-11-2008