Chen Huan: Hi, everybody.
Sally: We'd like to thank you for talking us around Radio Beijing.
Chen Huan: Don't mention it. I enjoy showing visitors around. Now I want to answer your questions, but remember to look out for the red light…
Betty: …and stop talking!
Chen Huan: Come this way. This is the new room. We collect the late news and write the reports here.
Lingling: How can I become a newsreader?
Chen Huan: On Radio Beijing everyone needs to speak English well. So keep studying, and maybe one day you can join us. Here's where I work on Starsearch. We decide what to listen to…and who to see.
Daming: What about the sports news? I like listening to the football sesults.
Chen Huan: That's over there.
Tony: I'd like to be a sports reporter.
Daming : Me,too!
Chen Huan: And this is where we prepare the weather reports. Let's watch the newsreader. Ok, see the red light? Quiet, please.
Newsreader: Finally, some sports news about the England and China football match. England scored two goals, and China…three.
Daming: Hey! We won the match!
Tony: And we lost! I hate losing!
Newsreader: And tomorrow's weather-sunny in the morning, but it'll start raining in the afternoon. And that's the end of the six o'clock news.
"How old are you?" the radio studio manager at WXBN looked down at me.
"Fifteen," I said.
And you want a job in radio? Shouldn't you be at school? He asked.
How could I explain? I've always loved the radio. When I was about four or five years old, I remember sitting close to the radio in the living room, listening to my favourite programmes, and to the voices of my favourite presenters. It seemed that they were speaking to me in person. At the age of nine, I asked for jobs in small radio stations.
As I grew older, my interest in radio grew. One day I leant about Internet radio. Once a week. I played my favourite music from my father's computer to the listeners, talked about life at school, and then closed down and did my homework.
Soon my friends at junior high school started to listen, and then they wanted to help. We prepared the weekly programmes, articles about music, sports news, jokes and the weather report (I did this by looking out of the window).
"Ok, come with me," the WXBN manager said. I sat down in the studio, in front of a microphone. He was in another room, behind the glass wall.
"Ok, let's do a sound check. Just tell me what you had for breakfast."
All radio presenters begin work with the same question.
"I had eggs, fruit and some milk."
"Ok, that's great!" the man behind the glass said.
"And this was how my first real job in radio began.
(Irish music, with a violin…)
Lingling : That's lovely! Who's playing?
Sally: that's us! Chen Huan wants a recording for his programme, and he lent me his CD recorder. The orchestra was practicing some Irish music yesterday, so I recorded it.
Tony: How does it work?
Daming: Let's look at the instruction. "If you want to turn on the recorder, press the blue button. If you want to play back, press the green button.
(The same Irish music)
Daming: You've done that.
Tony: "…and if you want to record, press the red button. If the red light doesn't come on, wait for thirty seconds. Ok, let's try.
Daming : Is it working?
(Playback: Is it working?)
Tony : Yes, it is. "If you want to send your recording by email, connect the recorder to your computer. If there's no green light, choose the 'copy' symbol.
Lingling: And are you playing the violin?
Sally: No, that's my best friend Kylie. She plays really well.
Lingling : But why do you want to send Chen Huan a recording of Kylie playing?
Sally : Well, she's my friend, and it's important for her.
Lingling : But it's important for you, too, Sally.
Betty: Think Chen Huan wants to hear you on Starsearch, not Kylie. Come on, Sally. Where's your violin? Tony, press "record!"
Tony: Ok! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our star musician…Sally Maxwell!
Daming: Hi, were you awake at 10'clockyeasterdayevening?
Betty: No, I was too sleepy. Why?
Daming: It was Sally's interview.
Tony; What did she say?
Daming: She was fantastic! She said that she was with some classmates from London, and that she was studying Chinese.
To0ny: Did she talk about her friends?
Daming: She said missed her parents but she had some close friends here.
Tony: That's us!
Daming: And she said China was a very exciting place. But she didn't like the word "foreigner" .She explained that her visit was about making friends.
Tony: Was that it?
Daming: Yes, that was the end of the interview, but Chen huan then said Sally played the violin really well. He said their concerts were excellent and everyone loved the music. And finally, he played the recording of Sally's music. She was excellent. I wanted to clap and cheer!
Betty: So she knows that she's among friends. Good. But I'm worried about her because she's unhappy. We must look after her.
Lingling: Hi Sally! Come in and sit down. Sorry it's a bit untidy. I'll tidy up the table and chairs.
Sally: Hey! Look at all those fans! They're beautiful! You're got a wonderful collection.
Lingling: Yes, I've got fifty or sixty fans. Do you collect anything?
Sally: Yes, I have a collection of dolls. And my brother collects stamps.
Daming: And I collect tickets-you know bus tickets and train tickets!
Sally: Do you really? But my real hobby is music. I play the violin and I listen to music all the time.
Lingling: What made you so interested in music?
Sally: My father is a musician. I often listened to him play the violin. And he game me my first violin eight years ago.
Lingling: And now music has brought you to china. When will you play next time?
Sally: At the end of this term. There's a concert at radio Beijing.
Daming: So can you relax now?
Sally: Well, no. I'm going to school with you!
Sally: But not next Friday …
Daming: What's happening on Friday?
Sally:I'm going to radio Beijing . I'm giving an interview on Starsearch.
Daming: I've listened to that programme! People sing songs or play music, and the listeners choose the best singer or musician.
Lingling: Wow! You're going to be really famous!
Good morning. I'm Chen huan. Here's my culture report for today, Monday:
A new film starts tonight at the student cinema at eight o'clock. The film is Pirates of the Caribbean. It's a fantastic adventure film. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom are the stars. They are both very popular and famous, and they both act well in this film, and make their characters believable.
The story is about an old ship. It sails around the Caribbean islands. Depp and Bloom try to find some lost gold. Then they come face to face with some terrible men, and have to fight them. There's lost of action, and the fighting looks really dangerous. They also save Keira Knightley. She plays Elisabeth, the daughter of a rich man. The scenes with Knightley and Bloom are beautiful and romantic.
The film isn't true to life, but it's very exciting, and some of it is very funny. it's an enjoyable film, although in my opinion there's too much fighting. But except for that, it's an excellent film. If you didn't see it when it first came out, I advise you to go and see it now. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It's showing all week.