hermit thrush habitat A podcast prototype featuring a recording of a Hermit Thrush singing in light rain. Recording made 5:10am, 7 June 2016, Shindagin Hollow near Brooktondale, New York. © Lang Elliott.

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This podcast prototype, “Hermit Thrush and Light Rain,” is an exploration of the “Audio Postcard” format, which includes about 1.5 minutes of talking (perhaps too much said?) followed by the same length of the pure-nature soundscape. This format is perhaps suitable for both a radio and podcast listening audience.

My main concern is that there’s too much talking for such a brief presentation. Perhaps I should restrict talking to no more than 45 seconds or at least no more than a minute? But would that be enough time to set the scene and share other essential information? And maybe I should include more of the soundscape itself, extending the length of the production to 3.5 or 4 minutes?

Another concern: How many of the background birds should I be identifying? I mention only the Blackburnian and Magnolia Warblers, both of which are fairly prominent. But what about the distant American Robin, or the songs of the distant Wood Thrush? It seems that only a small percentage of listeners want everything identified, so I’ve opted to include only a teaser by bringing attention to the two warblers.

Let me know what you think about all this!

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