Who’s Your Daddy?


Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.

That’s the sound of tyranny — the tyranny of the clock.

Typically, radio stories need to fill a specific length of time in a radio program — no shorter, no longer. Right. On. Time.

Lots of content from a story gets cut to meet those time constraints. One of the first things to go is the questions asked by the reporter. Instead of leaving in the question, the narrator/reporter will “write to the tape” meaning they’ll narrate right up to the quote in such a way that we don’t need the question. (“Write to tape” has some other meanings, too, but for now…)

Independent producer Sean Cole says we loose a lot when we cut out all the questions. On this Saltcast, Sean makes a strong case for keeping a few questions in.

Have a listen to Sean’s story “Who’s Your Daddy?” and if you have any questions, post ’em here!



  1. 2 Responses to “Who’s Your Daddy?”

  2. By Emily on May 29, 2012

    Is Sean Cole’s friend Elaine Benes?

    Cool story. I like how he cut in the baby sounds early on, so the whole time I’m imagining this green-eyed baby with golden skin…I think the story has a happier ending than I would have anticipated.

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