Analyze a program on

On the weekend of 4/25 and 4/26 listen to any one of the following KTEP 88.5 FM programs (your choice):  

  • New Dimensions, Saturdays 9 to 10 am, or Sundays 9 to 10 pm
  • Marketplace Money, Saturdays 2 to 3 pm.
  • Science Studio, Saturdays 7:00 to 7:30 pm.
  • New Letters on the Air, Sundays 11:00 to 11:30 am.
  • Zorba Pastor on Your Health, Saturdays 12 noon to 1 pm. 
  • Living on Earth, Sundays 8 to 9 pm.

If possible, choose a program that might have something to do with your own interests or major or professional field. Using what you have learned in this class, analyze the program content as technical communication. This assignment is worth 10% of your grade and must be posted on your own website before the beginning of class, Apr. 29.  Other programs on KTEP, or programs or podcasts broadcast elsewhere, do not qualify for this assignment. No other programs or radio stations will do. If you do not own an FM radio receiver, you can listen to any one of the above programs live at online at the times indicated, even if you are outside the El Paso area. KTEP-FM is clearly audible anywhere in the El Paso / Las Cruces /Juárez area on 88.5 MHz FM.

For your review you must listen to the entire program from beginning to end, take careful notes, and then analyze the program as a technical document. In the first sentence of your analysis be sure to indicate the name of the program and the day and time it was broadcast. If you have an audio recording device, you may wish to record the program and then listen to it again for closer analysis later.

Begin by writing two brief paragraphs summarizing the content of the program. Your grade then depends on the quality and thoughtfulness of your review and how clear it is that you listened carefully to the entire program, from beginning to end. For ease of analysis, you may wish to use the seven analysis points (a through g) on the Web Analysis page for your document analysis.

IMPORTANT: If a documented disability prevents you from hearing audio programs, or if you will be occupied with a University-sanctioned event during the entire weekend of 4/25 and 4/26, contact me to request an alternate assignment BEFORE 4/25/09. This exception does not apply if you simply dislike listening to audio programs, or if your own regular personal, work or family schedule or custom makes it difficult to listen at the times indicated. If you observe a religious Sabbath day, the times and dates indicated should easily allow you to choose a listening time that will not conflict with your observance.

Your review:

Analyze the program as a technical media document using any of the tools you have learned in this class.  As a scholar you stand in judgment over the program. Use your own scholarly judgment as to the total length and best format for this review. Post this review on your own webspace by 4/29/09.

Warnings: Do not write a summary-style high-school “listener report” just to show you listened to and understood the program!  DO NOT use the standard high school-level approach of just writing: "I liked this program because it is so cool and it made me feel happy,"   or "I hated it because it was stupid, and had nothing at all to do with my life, and was too long and boring.”  Instead, listening as a professional, take a systematic, analytical approach to the program.  

   O.W. 1/09 rev 2/09.

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