Yesterday Alan sent me the following email:
Since I find this idea tantalizing I forwarded it to Tom Kane who sent this response:
Hi Torsten and Alan,
I think it’s a dandy idea, but I’m wondering if we could even think about taking it a step further.
When we’re talking about “radio” - even, Internet radio, I think it would be important to at least “structure it” similar to other talk-radio programs. Conducting interviews with ESL newsmakers, interviewing actual students from our website and getting them “on the air.” Possibly having a music hour or music section, based on the selections of our ESL listeners around the world.
Different segments could include, writing segments, word of the day segments, speaking segments, story segments, just to name a few. We could also have a “humor” segment - ESL listeners could share their “mistakes” in speaking, that were funny. I could give you my recording “out-takes” from my recording sessions, showing them - that even people who are native speakers can get very tounge-tied. I still get teased by my friends and family about the silly and, well…dumb things that I have said when I’ve appeared “live” on television or on the radio. It can be rather humorous, and once I’ve said it, I can’t take it back.
You could also include segments with you, Alan, just talking with Torsten, Slava, or even me. The possible conversations could include talking about issues or news of the day…in their respective countries. You could talk about trends or habits of folks in our countries. Anything!
Exciting stuff for sure. I hope I’m not overwhelming you with ideas.
Now Alan has sent this email:
I am very pleased you like the idea of ‘English-test Broadcasting
Company’ or EBC! Tom’s enthusiasm is also appreciated. Clearly we
need to agree on some kind of schedule. I would suggest that I stuck
to the ‘write and reads’ as they were called when I used to do work
for the BBC. This could include newsletters, word stories, slice of
life stuff with emphasis on idioms, ‘conversations’ about grammar and
pieces about particular words. I would further suggest that Tom would
be best at interviews and talk items since I assess him as the
outgoing type (at least that’s based on hearing him). Maybe Bill could
be invited to read one of his famous stories.
On the technical side of course I haven’t a clue. Where would the
stuff be recorded? I mean in which section?
As for readiness, I can only say: Ready when you are.
TOEIC listening, photographs:
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It is really works!
I have visited this page
wumb.org/home/index.php and I could listen to Live 365.
As I mentioned, I think the idea is fantastic. I’ll happily post items on this thread so we can all see it.
As this progresses, I will certainly assist where I can. If you’d like me to interview folks, I can then send an MP3 of the interview to Alan to be broadcast at a certain date and time.
Alan…me outgoing? Ha - I’m actually rather shy!
Let me know how I can help.
So I take it we all think it’s a good idea. What interests me is the mechanocs of how it will work in terms of recording the material and I assume we also need a name.
In simple terms the system works as follows:
You purchase an Internet Radio Broadcaster account.
You get the broadcasting software programs and equipment from a vendor and/or the Internet.
You log into your account and record your first programmes.
Your programmes are broadcast through the Live365 Internet Radio Channel platform to Internet Radio listeners.
It’s a bit like our online voice recorder just with more functionality and features.
That’s how I understand the Live365 offer. Please let me what you think.
TOEIC listening, photographs:
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So Torsten, how is your suggestion going?
Is it still undergoing investigation, or has it been put on the back-burner?
I would be happy to help in whatever way I am able.
Thanks a lot for your interest in the Internet Channel Project. I think at the moment it’s better for us to concentrate on promoting the online voice recorder and the new ‘add a photo’ feature.
What is your take on that?
TOEIC listening, question-response:
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Good morning Torsten. I am absolutely delighted to see the growing numbers of people using the
Online Voice Recorder.
The importance of this facility should
never be underestimated.
Those members of the Forum who choose not to use the Voice Recorder deprive themselves of the very best opportunity to improve their conversational skills.
It is certainly a great achievement to be able to read and write in English, but it is far more important to be able to converse fluently.
This will only ever be achieved with constant practice and encouragement.
We provide this excellent facility here on the Forum, and the great thing is that it is absolutely free. Those who don’t use it will surely regret it when they are eventually asked about their speaking abilities,