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The Radio Script refers to the written
material, which indicates the
verbal and non-verbal action that
has to go into a radio program. It
tells us what to do and say and
when and how.
• To ensure technical accuracy of
• To ensure continuity of program
• To maximize airtime
1. News Script
2. Interview Script
4. Drama Script
5. Magazine Program Script
6. The Documentary Script
Things to Remember in Radio
• Double or triple space-typewrite all lines and
• Type copy in big letter so the newscaster can
easily read it.
• All spoken lines should be typed in big and small
• All instructions and non-spoken lines should be
typed in big or capital letters.
• Have a duplicate of each copy.
• Make each sentence a paragraph.
• Write a page number on each script.
• End each page with a paragraph before using
• Make your script clean.
• Mark “x” for erroneous word.
• Make the script short and simple.
• Do not use words which are hard to pronounce.
• Don’t text-write.
• Each sentence should not exceed 12 words.
Break down long sentences for easy readability.
• Attribute the source of your story either at the
beginning or at the end of your news.
Use short, ordinary conversation words
Avoid “this, that, the former, the latter”
Avoid sibilants (words with hissing
Use descriptive words when possible but
use them with care
Do not string together a collection of
ideas with “and”; sentences should be
keep subject and verb close together and use
active rather than the passive voice for verb
X Ang naganap na sunud-sunod na nakawan sa mga
paaralan ay pinasisiyasat ni Tarlac City Mayor
Pinasisiyasat ni Tarlac City Mayor Aro Mendoza
ang naganap sunud sunod na nakawan sa mga
• Change 2.6123 million to more than 2 and a
• 35.7002 percent to nearly 36 percent
Umabot sa may 10.349 milyong piso…
Umabot sa mahigit sampung milyong piso…
Write out symbols and fractions
Provide phonetic spelling
Speech has rhythm and should be kept in mind
when writing a radio script
A radio script should display an element of
Key repetitive statements help the listener to get
Get a good briefing, know your listener
Do research about the topic
Prepare content outline
Write the first draft
Read it aloud. Time the material
Visualize the script
Review the script
Revise for style, correct timing and accuracy
05:00 (5-minute newscast program)
01:30 Ads and infomercials
00:10 Station ID
00:30 Intro, Bumpers and Teasers
02:50 Time left for news
The remaining two minutes and fifty seconds
are to be apportioned to the news stories of
It is used between the news and commercial
It tells the listener that there is a break but that
there will be some more news coming up.
Example: “We’ll be back with more news after
these reminders from our sponsors…
It is used to stimulate curiosity so that the listeners
will stay tune in to hear what it’s all about.
Example: “Waling waling to replace sampaguita as
It is usually heard after the news.
It reminds the listeners of what product sponsors
the said news.
Example: “This news is brought to you by Dunkin
Donut, ang pasalubong ng bayan.”
Program title - Mangyan Patrol 24/7
FORMAT - News
Station - DWSJ 99.9
Airtime - 80:00 a.m – 8:05 a.m daily
Date of Newscast - November 6, 2011
Anchor: Mary Queen T. Bernardo
Reporters Ana M. Garcia
Davis B. Tan
Allan G. Gomez
Field Reporter Jinny-vi C. Panganiban
3. Format in Writing a Radio Script
The final step to indicate that the story has ended or has more details in the
1. Put ### at the end of page to indicate that the story has ended or put
(more) at the end of page to let the anchor knows that there is another
2. If you must split a story into two pages, never break a sentence.
Always end a page with a complete sentence.
1. Station ID
2. Time Check
3. News Plug
Local / Provincial
Lagay ng Panahon
Infomercials may be
derived from subjects
which have values
related to government,
spiritual and/or moral
Criteria for Radio Broadcast
Application of broadcast journalism principles
Broadcast form of writing
Clear & logical organization of news scripts
Delivery & Presentation
Clear presentation of items
Modulation, volume & quality
Overall audience appeal
Example of an Individual Script
Lloyd’s Eye Bug
Hear! Hear! Hear! Friends and avid fans of John Lloyd Cruz, the
famous Yuri of “Kaytagal Kang Hinintay,” never had an operation to
eliminate his prominent eye bugs. Instead he had laser treatment
twice a month to lighten dark circles around his eyes!
He is now filming “My First Romance” with Bea Alonzo. So, wait
and see for Star cinema’s heartwarming movie of the year. This is
Chikading Juday, Back to you, Queen!