I stuffed up recently. Again.
I was filling in on a weekends program.
The show starts at 6:00am and runs to midday.
At about 6:15am they run pre-recorded pieces about scientific tid bits.
The regular producer told me that I should listen to the pre-recorded stories beforehand and edit them if necessary.
So it’s 5:30am and I start listening to one of the stories. It's seven minutes long so it takes a bit of time to get through. I edit out some of the large pauses to make it tighter and then save a final copy of the audio for the presenter.
The story goes to air as planned.
As it starts playing, the presenter buzzes me, “There’s no start”, he says.
Ah! The piece started at least one minute in. I must have deleted the start of the story without realising when I was editing.
Oh. The. Horror.
I felt sick to the stomach.
My saving graces were:
- It's 6:15am on a Saturday morning, hopefully no one heard it!
- It will never happen to me again because I will always listen to the start and end of stories that I edit in the future.
I think this experience showed me that even if you are a fill-in producer, you still need to find your own feet and do things your own way. I would never have edited the pauses out of the pieces to begin with. I like it when people breathe in and out. In doing what the regular producer said I should do, I stuffed up! If I had just done things my own way, there would have been no problems, except maybe a few more breathes on the air.
Hopefully it won’t happen again, but I’m sure it will!
What about you, what have you learned from your stuff ups?