500 WORD REFECTION – AUDIO REPORT
When I embarked on this journey, also known as Assessment One Emotional History: Audio Report, I knew the primary emotion I wanted to focus on was happiness.
When learning about audio narrative reports in the earlier weeks of lecture, and when listening to audio examples of past students, one main signifier was easy to pick up; most reports expressed sadness and anger. This encouraged me to do the total opposite for my assessment; my goal then was to focus on a personal historical moment in a positive way instead of trying to find the negative.
For this audio report I chose to interview Australian jockey legend Wayne Harris, who won the 1994 Melbourne Cup on Jeune, the Golden Slipper on Century Miss as an apprentice, and has ridden over 2000 winners.
Working at Kembla Grange Racecourse with family, and Wayne Harris, I was able to lock in an interview and organise a time and place to record.
The main goal of this interview was to ask questions where Wayne Harris could recall his big racing moments, and what he loved most about being part of the racing industry. The interview took place at home, as the Races were cancelled on the day due to the rain destroying the track. Before starting the interview I explained the assessment and what I wanted to ask.
During the interview when asking the following question,
As a jockey you have ridden over 2000 winners, including Jeune in 1994 in the Melbourne Cup. What have been some of your favourite and groundbreaking moments as a jockey?
Wayne Harris briefly brought up the first race he won when he started his racing career. This gave me the opportunity to improvise and ask him to further recall this memory. This is where the primary emotion, happiness was really expressed through laughter, when he explained not many thought much about the horse he won on twice, but he really loved him. This is the main example I used for the report, along with the recollections of the 1994 Melbourne Cup.
Through the editing process, I was able to learn how to really pick out the most important quotes within the audio. It was fairly hard to do, as all the answers were really interesting and detailed. As said earlier on I wanted to focus on the Melbourne Cup, which I did, but my favourite part of the audio was when Wayne Harris talked about the first race he won when he was young. Not only was it a perfect emotional answer, but it was newsworthy – a real exclusive.
The second thing I learnt in this assessment was narrating properly. The first take I did to introduce the piece sounded very high, I sound very young on a recording. I recorded a second take, focusing on deepening my voice, and it made an awesome difference.
Overall, the experience in this assessment has allowed me to learn to conduct a news story through a radio platform, and it was great to interview an individual who is highly respected in the racing industry.
Amanda Craig: In his years as a Jockey, Wayne Harris won the 1994 Melbourne Cup and has raced over two thousand winners.
Wayne Harris: I’m just a country born boy and I never thought I’d get a chance to win a Melbourne Cup. I’ve had a lot of illnesses, injuries and falls; and to be able to get there in 1994 and win on Jeune, whether it was a fluke or not, I don’t know.
Wayne Harris: You remember everything about it. I remember the days leading up to it, I was quietly confident the horse could run well. He was not a very easy horse to ride, so I knew it was going to take a lot of luck; a lot of skill, and as it turns out thing happened for me because I saved a lot of ground. Took inside runs and it probably was the difference between winning or losing.
1994 Melbourne Cup Race Caller: Coming up after a double take, Jeune near the inside. Wide out Al Coven, here comes Paris Lane. Paris Lane with these runners starting to mow them down and so is Umpaler. Umpaler on the run but Jeune hit the front; Jeune out by two lengths to Paris Lane, and Al Cove double take on Umpaler. Jeune the leader though! Jeune in front of Paris Lane, he’s got a two-length break. Umpaler on the outside, but Jeune’s still in front; he’s two-lengths there, he’s holding them; Jeune’s going to win the Melbourne Cup by two lengths to Paris Lane.
Wayne Harris: It’s amazing the things you remember about the day. I went past the post and couldn’t believe; I shook my head and couldn’t believe that I had won. All the things that go through your head, like my father was one of my best supporters and he passed away a couple of years previous and you worry about all your friends who weren’t there and all the bad things that have happened to me in life and then to think such a good thing can happen to you.
Wayne Harris: I even remember my first winner when I was sixteen years old; I remember that like it was yesterday. It was a surprise – it was a real outsider. I went to the front and they couldn’t catch me. (Laughs) So I think two weeks later I rode the same horse again, and no one thought anything of this horse. They just thought he was an old slow plugger, and he won again. So my first two wins were on the same horse that no one thought anything of, but I did; I loved him. (Laughs)
In: Race Day Fanfare.