The R.A.P. Soundstage - June 2015

Love for an Orphan: The First Annual Audio Adoption Contest

We get things started on the Soundstage with the entries to Trent Rentsch’s new “Love for an Orphan Audio Adoption” contest, where readers were challenged to take three audio elements, selected by Trent, and make something creative with them. Eleven brave Creatives took the challenge and provided 13 gems for us (Jim Van Dusen and Chadd Pierce each came up with two entries). The variety and extremes of what came in were both surprising and extraordinary. Some utilized the elements in material that sounds like a legit piece for air; others were far to the other extreme. All were an excellent display of creative exercise, a good habit for each of us to get into. The first track contains the actual contest audio elements the producers had to use, with the entries on tracks 2-14. Gold RAP Members: Look for an email in the coming days with a ballot to vote for your favorite of the bunch. We’ll announce the winner later this month, and we’ll look for a recap from Trent in next month’s “…And Make It Real Creative!” column. Hats off to each of these eleven creative gents, and thanks for reminding us all that creativity isn’t dead in radio!

Cut 14 is audio from Dave Foxx mentioned is this month’s Production 212 class, and we’ll wrap it up on cut 15 with the audio Don Elliot writes about in his article, “Elvis and Linda: Love Me Tender” on page 19.

1.     Love for an Orphan Contest Audio Elements
2.     Love for an Orphan - Mikes Mog Checks, Adam Gary, Talentport Productions, Riverside, CA
3.     Love for an Orphan, Andy Safnauer, Longtrain Productions, Charlotte, NC
4.     Love for an Orphan - Vers1, Chadd Pierce, Krash Creative Solutions, Raleigh, NC
5.     Love for an Orphan – Vers2, Chadd Pierce, Krash Creative Solutions, Raleigh, NC
6.     Love for an Orphan, Dave Stalker, Combined Communications, Bend, OR
7.     Love for an Orphan, George Johnson, Voicebox Productions, Edmonds, WA
8.     Love for an Orphan - Love of the Century, Jim Hill, WDEF/WDOD/WUUQ, Chattanooga, TN
9.     Love for an Orphan – Commercial, Jim Van Dusen, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Winnipeg, MB
10.  Love for an Orphan – Promo, Jim Van Dusen, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Winnipeg, MB
11.  Love for an Orphan, JJ Thomas, Cumulus, Dallas, TX
12.  Love for an Orphan, Tom Baker, WLTL, LaGrange, IL
13.  Love for an Orphan, Tony Lee, Hubbard Broadcasting, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
14.  Love for an Orphan, Von Coffman, Bonneville Radio Group, Salt Lake City, UT
15.  Production 212 Audio - Dave Foxx, Z100, New York, NY
16.  Elvis and Linda, Don Elliot, Levine/Schwab Broadcasting, Los Angeles, CA


Support the R.A.P. Soundstage by sending some audio you’ve recently produced at your studios. Please include your e-mail address for anyone interested in finding out details about the work. Promos, commercials, sweepers/IDs, bits, spoof spots, song parodies, and most any other good piece of production are welcome. If you send sweeper/ID montages, make them around sixty to ninety seconds long max. All other items should be sent on separate files. Please normalize your mp3 files and trim the silence from the front and back. Email to, and thank you for supporting the R.A.P. Soundstage, formerly known as The R.A.P. CD and The R.A.P Cassette from way back in the day – none of which exist or have existed without you. :-)

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