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Earshot podcast: John Vorhaus and Dr Becky Spelman

Creativty

Steve Martin and Hayley Hayes are back with another edition of the radio promotions, marketing and production podcast. Only one of them has a cold: see if you can work out who.

This time, the Earshot podcast is all about creativity. Our two interview guests are experts in creative thinking and the processes that support it:

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Earshot podcast: Dr Becky Spelman and John Vorhaus

(duration 33’18”, 192kb/s stereo mp3, file size 46.2 MB)
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John Vorhaus

John Vorhaus is a writer and creative trainer. His work as an advertising copywriter and television sit-com developer has helped feed a string of books on creativity and comedy writing. We discuss The Comedy Toolbox: how to be funny even when you’re not in this show.

You’ll hear tips on overcoming the fear of not being funny and learn some great ways to work towards genuinely funny characters, situations and jokes. There’s something for writers, producers and on air personalities in John’s advice.

Dr Becky Spelman

Dr Becky Spelman DPsych Couns Psych, PG Dip Couns Psych, PG Dip (Cog Thp), BABCP (Accred), HPC Reg, B.Psych (Hons) is a London-based registered psychologist and cognitive behavioural therapist, specialising in psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing, dialectical behaviour therapy and mindfulness. She has a very large business card.

Dr Becky explains what happens in our brains when we have an idea, how to overcome the temptation to procrastinate, how to activate the parts of your brain that will let creativity flow and shares lots of practical tips for making the most of your creative ability.

Also in the show

What is “Voice Fry” and does it annoy you? One Earshot listener takes issue with what he feels is an increasing prevalence of the effect on air.

And, since we’re recording in December, Aleksander Lilleøien provides a festive treat from his Christmas station in Norway, P7.

The station’s singalong Top of Hour ident became so popular with listeners that he and production company Wise Buddah have now turned it into a full length song.

Here’s a rough translation of the lyrics:

Christmas bells are ringing
Now the time is here
Everybody’s coming home from far and near

The wait is over
So let’s sing along
To our Christmas favorites
‘till Santa can be seen

Hello, hi everybody, it’s good to meet again
Here’s family, here’s friends, and everyone we know
The Christmas feeling

With children laughing, winter, snow
On the square, there is a Christmas tree
And maybe Santa will come home to you

The radio’s playing P7 Klem
It is the wonderful Christmas feeling
Merry Christmas

All the lights are lit and
the calm feeling returns
We’re all excited to see
If santa’s on his way

Christmas food and a crackling fire place
At the table, there’s nothing but smiles to see
The night has only just begun
And the presents are waiting when we’re full

Hello, hi everybody, it’s good to meet again
Sharing good memories, when the stars are shining,
on heaven high above

With children laughing, winter, snow
On the square, there is a Christmas tree
And maybe Santa will come home to you

The radio’s playing P7 Klem
It is the wonderful Christmas feeling
Merry Christmas

Hello, hi everybody, it’s good to meet again
Here’s family, here’s friends, and everyone we know
The Christmas feeling

With children laughing, winter, snow
On the square, there is a Christmas tree
And maybe Santa will come home to you

The radio’s playing P7 Klem
It is the wonderful Christmas feeling
Merry Christmas
With P7 Klem

If you’d like to get in touch or share your production just email us. We love to play audio from around the world – any station – any format, especially if it has an interesting story behind it.

Credits

Contributors: Dr Becky Spelman, John Vorhaus and Aleksander Lilleøien.

Research and audio editing: Hayley Hayes
Ambassador of Radio: Steve Martin

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Earshot podcast - generic logoEarshot Creative Review theme music by the Tiger Club Band. Voiceover is Elly Fairman at Hobsons.

Any views expressed are personal. The contributors acknowledge all rights held by the owners, creators and performers of the recorded works which are included solely for the purposes of education and review.

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