Please find below the Radio News Script formats that are commonly and widely used in radio newsrooms around the world.
There are three (3) basic news script formats for radio: Script-Only, Script Clip, and Wrap/Voiceover.
The Script-Only is an equivalent to the News Item (N.I.) format or Read-Only format for TV news script. The whole script is to be read by the news anchor without any voice clips.
On the other hand, the Script-Clip has a voice clip any where in the script where it shall be appropriate.
The Wrap/Voiceover format includes the lead paragraph which shall introduce the voiceover report (canned or live) of the reporter.
- Just like the TV news script, radio news scripts should also have its SLUG as shown at the upper left corner of the script .
(title of the newscast) Afternoon News/March 1, 2005 (date)
(title of the story)NightClub fire/script-only (script format)
- Use one-half crosswise paper for radio script to avoid unnecessary noise created by the paper when the anchor is changing scripts.
- As a rule, voice clips should be introduced before playing and again after it is played.
KENNETH GALANO HAS THIS REPORT FROM CITY HALL…
VOICE REPORT: NIGHTCLUB FIRE/KENNETH (1:00min)
CUE IN: They’re angry at the government over…
CUE OUT: The fire is one of Argentina’s worst disasters.
Kenneth Galano reporting from City Hall.
KENNETH GALANO REPORTING FROM CITY HALL…
- Cardinal Rule in Writing for Radio:
IT’S SPOKEN (“Write for the ear, not for the eye”)
USE CONTRACTION (to make it more conversational)
USE SIMPLE WORDS ( say “bad breath” than “halitosis”)
PUNCTUATE FOR SOUNDS ( ? ! / 🙂 )
AVOID SOUND CLASHES (Wilma and William watched the window washers walk with Walter)
PUT A PRONUNCIATION GUIDE (“noo-mo-nia” for Pneumonia)
BREAKDOWN SCIENTIFIC/TECHNICAL TERMS (ex-tra-ter-ri-to-ria-li-ty)
That’s all folks.