So to wrap up this year’s last “Writing for Radio” column, here’s a list of my favorite radio-related websites that are part of my Internet rounds. These websites will keep you primed for writing for radio for the rest of 2009 and into 2010.
1. British Broadcasting Company’s International Radio (BBC) /
What is it? The largest broadcasting corporation in the world.
Why browse it? Because BBC Radio takes submissions for its radio dramas and situation comedies.
2. National Public Radio (NPR)
What is it? A newspaper and website about public TV and radio in the United States.
Why browse it? Truly all things public radio and public television.
What is it? The online portal for the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists.
Why browse it? In addition to the latest news about the news, this site has information about radio journalism. Go to the search box on the homepage, type ‘radio,’ and start reading.
What is it? A website for a variety of creatives, from editors and writers to television, film, and radio professionals.
Why browse it? Practical advice about the business-side of being creative, such as How to Pitch pages. Some content is free; other content requires a subscription.
What is it? A not-for-profit storytelling organization.
Why browse it? Because it’s fun. And because The Moth Radio Hour takes pitches.
8. Your favorite radio station’s website
Why browse it? Whether you are currently writing for radio or hope to one day, reading your favorite radio station’s website will keep you informed on a variety of topics, from finding a new call for submissions to getting ideas about what you might want to write.
The Internet can be a huge time sink (think YouTube videos of the Keyboard Cat), but it can also be valuable. Click through the above websites and bookmark the ones that seem useful for you (most Internet browsers have a bookmark feature). Then the next time you sit down to surf the net, you’ll avoid the virtual rabbit holes during your Internet rounds.