A Q&A with Don Hein, Program Director for KLCC

Don Hein is the Program Director for the KLCC Public Radio station in Eugene, Ore. and I was able to ask him a few questions about his experience in the radio world.

TM: How did you first get involved with radio?

DH: I was studying music in college, and there was a public radio station in the same building. I began by volunteering in the news department. I also took a writing class that same year with a broadcaster with the German public radio system that got me excited about writing for the ear.

How is reporting for radio different than reporting for TV?

First, it’s written for the ear, and must tell the complete story; not just follow the visuals. Second, TV reporting generally requires a team; camera, lighting, reporting. This is not the case today as much as in the past, but radio reporting is more independent and allows the reporter to take the story from concept thru exception to finished report with fairly simple technology.

What is your favorite thing about radio?

Telling stories for the mind’s eye. Having an excuse to talk with people you would not otherwise have contact with.

And what is your least favorite thing about it?

Generally lower paying profession.

If you could make the change to report for TV instead, would you?

Not as TV news is currently configured. It is very difficult to tell complex, nuanced stories.

What is the most appealing thing about working in radio?

Telling stories.

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