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Radio Salesian Weekly News Podcast Completes 10 Episodes

By Father C. M. Paul
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Kolkata, Jul. 25. Radio Salesian team has successfully completed 10 episodes of Salesian News South Asia weekly podcast. To listen, just click this link:
The 1st episode was aired on 24 May 2020, World Communications Day and Feast of Mary Help of Christians. On 25 July the podcast series successfully completed 10 episodes.
The Salesian News South Asia podcast was launched simultaneously at Turin in Italy and at Nazareth Bhavan Salesian Novitiate at Dhajea, Darjeeling.

Podcast is a digital audio file made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series. The subscribers can receive new installments automatically. The term Podcast is actually a portmanteau of iPod and Broadcast.

Inside story

The inside story of the making of weekly podcast would interest some hard core fans of probably the 1st regional news podcast in the Salesian world.

It starts on Friday evening each week, by when the podcast producer Father C.M. Paul would have culled out 05 or 06 relevant stories from Don Bosco South Asia website as well as from other sources, thanks to Google Alert on some key words like 'Don Bosco', and 'Salesian'.

After re-writing the stories for radio, the script is kept for a cooling period overnight to give a fresh reading at 5 am on Saturday, before the morning prayers. After Eucharistic celebration, the script is sent by email to Radio Journalist Bryan to Kurseong by email before 8.30 am on Saturday. After breakfast, Bryan checks his email and has a read through the script. He checks pronunciations of some words and marks the script for reading. He goes into his home studio and gives a trial reading of the script paying close attention to the pronunciations of some words highlighted in the script. He checks the input levels for optimum recording. He then starts reading the script and the recording begins.

After recording, he listens to the entire audio focusing on recording anomalies that might creep in. They are fixed and the volume of the recorded audio is normalized. Equalization and compression are applied as per the need of the audio. After this process of cleaning up of the recorded audio, he arranges the music in appropriate places with volume modulation wherever necessary.

After the editing process is over, he listens to the entire audio to make sure that the levels of the various tracks are balanced. When the results are satisfactory, the entire audio is mixed down to a stereo file (.mp3) and it is sent back on WhatsApp to the station director, Father C.M. Paul.
After review, it is forward by email to Father P. T. Joseph in Chennai who listens and uploads it soon after lunch.

What they say...

South Asia Regional Councilor Fr. Biju Michael says, ''Congratulations on the 10th. The podcast is one of our new additions and it seems to be well received. Thank you very much for the trouble taken to regularly keep all of us in the region updated on the news and events of the South Asia Region. God bless your generosity.''

BOSCOM South Asia Delegate Ernest Rosario says, ''It's a milestone indeed for this new venture. You have set a standard for this feature. You have been consistent in doing this extra work with love and dedication. All of us are grateful to you both. We need to make it reach many more ears in the days to come. Thanks a ton.''

Salesian South Asia Web Service and Technical issues director Father P.T. Joseph adds,''Thank you for your support Father Paul and dear Bryan. I am happy to be in your team doing whatever.''

Former East Asia-Oceania Regional Councilor Father Klement Vaclav says, ''thanks for the Podcast services... well done! in the EAO only Vietnam is running weekly news, but it's on Youtube... As podcast the Australian province has the weekly Lectio Audio-Divina by Father Frank Moloney.
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