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May 11, 2021

RadioTC International: Making a Show

Are you, your group, community or organization interested in creating broadcasts for RadioTC International?

You can, and it is easy.

See how one person made their programme.

How this Programme was made with CD Wave

Will take a couple of minutes to load, includes a tutorial, right click and open in new window for best result.

What you will need:

  • A computer with a sound card, and with microphone and/or line-in inputs
  • A microphone
  • Headphones and/or speakers
  • Recording and editing software. There is a good, free program called Audacity which is available on the Internet.
  • Broadband connection to the Internet, or a CD burner
  • And perhaps a portable audio recorder with microphone. A digital audio recorder would be best, but good results can be obtained from reel to reel and audiocassette recorders as well. A good external microphone is essential.

Contact Us:

Things to think about:

  • Most programs should aim to be either 10-15 minutes or 20-30 minutes long. Fifteen minutes may be best for a first program.
  • Consider which series your program is most likely to fit into:
    • "Community Magazine"
      • Programmes made by individual Therapeutic Communities, perhaps with music written and played by community members, tellings of "my story" or dramas based on community members' lives, poetry written and read by community members, discussions between current community members and those who have left, news, sounds of the community, a description of daily life...
    • "News Roundup"
      • A regular weekly roundup of therapeutic community news from around the world. You could, for example, send a brief soundclip of news from your community, organization, or area, or a short interview with someone involved with therapeutic community who is making news near you.
    • "Arts, Books and Music"
      • Reviews and discussions of books, plays, movies, music, art exhibitions and such (past or present) which are by or about therapeutic communities and therapeutic community people; which is of relevance to people involved in therapeutic community; or which may have played significant roles in community members' lives...
    • "Talks, Lectures, Conferences, Interviews"
      • There is a lot of scope here for sharing seminars and talks with a wider audience. Why not record interviews with people who helped create your therapeutic community? Record an interview with someone who has left the programme, about their experience of it....
    • "Diary"
      • A brief (10 to 15 minute) audio notebook of daily life, work and travels around therapeutic community
    • "Mainly For Members..."
      • Programs by RadioTC International partners, targeted primarily at their members (but you can listen too).
    • "Spotlight on..."
      • A wide-ranging series, with each programme focussing on a particular issue, aspect of the work, person or community. "Spotlight on Research", "Spotlight on Training", "Spotlight on Leaving"...
    • "Guest Channel"
      • Therapeutic Communities are about opening doors onto the world, and into the self. The Guest Channel is for people who are not, or may not be directly involved in therapeutic community, but who have a door to open.

Headers and Tails

  • Header: If you can, please begin your programme with a recorded introduction, giving essential broadcast and programme information. This will include
    • The name of the station. For example, you could begin: "This is (your name) for RadioTC International..."
    • Giving the name of the person introducing or narrating the programme, followed by information like -
    • The subject of the programme, or the person you are talking with, or the name of the community or organisation which is producing the programme. "Helle, this is (your name) for RadioTC International. It is the (date), and I am here in (name of therapeutic community), talking with staff and clients about..."
    • So, if possible, give the names of people taking part - or make up names if necessary to protect confidentiality
    • If you have been fortunate enough to get an outside grant or sponsor to make the programme, by all means give their name!
  • Tail: This is added after the end of your main programme, and concludes the broadcast. You may use it
    • To thank people who have helped you,or
    • To give contact details for people wishing further information about your organisation or community;
    • And to give a closing identification statement: "This has been (your name) on behalf of RadioTC International, talking about (whatever)...Thank you for listening!"
  • If you would rather, we can provide the header and tail using information supplied by you

Getting Your Programme to Us

When you have finished editing your programme, you will need to

  • Burn your programme to CD and mail it to
    • RadioTC International (email for the address)
  • OR
    • Save the programme and send by email attachment to
      • We can take most common digital formats. If you have the option, save and send in .WAV format
  • OR
    • FTP it - email us, and ask for the necessary ftp details. This is especialy good for larger files. Email address:


Every program broadcast by RadioTC International goes out with an "Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs" Creative Commons copyright licence. According to the Creative Commons web-site this means -

"You are free:

  • to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must give the original author credit.
  • Non-Commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
    • For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work.
    • Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.

Your fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above."

The full legal document is available at

But what if you don't have a computer with a sound card?

Don't worry. Do you have an audio-cassette recorder, minidisk recorder, solid-state audio recorder, analogue or digital video recorder, or even reel to reel tape recorder? If you have one of those AND an external microphone of reasonable quality, AND patience, then get in touch. We may be able to help.

Online Resources

Please feel free to add links and comments below. RadioTC International doesn't endorse any particular resource, of course, and any opinions are those of the contributors. If you are a logged-in member of, you can sign and date your comments with three or four tildees - ~ - .


  • Audacity
    • Audacity is free, open source multi-featured software for both recording and editing sound. It is available for many different operating systems, and comes highly recommended.
  • Audacity help wiki site
  • Freecorder.
    • The free version of Freecorder allows you to record streaming media or with a microphone or through the line-in input on your computer for up to 30 minutes in mp3 format, and record Skype other PC-based VOIP clients for up to 2 minutes. Looks easy to use. The pay-for-it upgraded version allows recording in CD quality, longer recording times, and other features.


Tools for Learning

  • Transom Tools
    • How to Begin: "Transom Tools provides technical help for producing programs, from collecting sound in the field, through editing and mixing on Digital Workstations, up to preparing your program for uplink or upload. The columns and discussion boards can help experienced producers negotiate the conceptual shift from analog production and make best use of their tools, as well as folks just starting out with their first projects. We will focus on affordable and practical strategies of digital production that apply to many types of projects, from tape-syncs to long-form documentaries."
  • "Podcasting"
    • Introduction and "how-to" from the University of Calgary
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