Open Mic Spotlight: Havoc Franklin

NYF’s Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with prominent Grand Jury members from around the globe, each interview shares the insights of content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

New York Festivals International Radio Awards jury of award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are actively involved in creating the innovative content on radio today.

Havoc Franklin

2018 Grand Jury member Havoc Franklin is Radio Manager for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Canada, he brings over 30 years of radio industry experience to the judging panel. Previously he was  director of local program development for CBC Radio and working within the senior radio management group.


New York Festivals: What was the turning point in your career?

Havoc Franklin: The turning point in my career happened during the second week in my first job. I was asked to direct the live news/current affairs morning show at my station (having never directed a live show before or for that matter any show before). It was during that week that I realized what I wanted to do and what I felt I could contribute to society. That excitement, that desire to explore, that access to all levels of society and being part of that live entity had and still has an irresistible draw and purpose.

New York Festivals: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Havoc Franklin: Be open to ideas.

New York Festivals: What is the responsibility of journalists in today’s world?

Havoc Franklin: I think that the responsibility of a journalist today is essentially the same as the responsibility of a journalist 50 years ago. True treatments, platforms, complexities, speed, revenue models have changed but at the heart of all good journalism is research, integrity, drive to find out and ability to communicate so that it connects and resonates with audiences. The role and responsibility of a journalist in a democratic society is just as significant today as it was before. That independence, that freedom to ask without fear of repercussion or death is still at the heart of a journalist’s role.

New York Festivals: How has podcasting changed the way you create content and are you creating more of this on-demand content?

Havoc Franklin: Audiences, individuals still have a strong desire to connect to the human voice and ideas, so in that sense podcasting has not changed the underlying intent. What podcasting has changed is opening up treatments, potential to reach niche communities, and access.

The treatments are heard closer to the ear and therefore can open up an even richer audio experience. The content can be heard at any time and reheard with ease and individual choice. The platform has catapulted the relationship of the host, interviewer, speaker to the individual listening to new levels and authenticity.

In the past year or so we have spent more time and effort looking at podcasts for local communities so that has changed how we connect with communities we don’t necessarily connect with in our terrestrial or streaming programming.

I think because of these new podcast treatments and influences of other treatments on line (video)  it has pushed presentation values on our live programming.

New York Festivals: What would be your dream job?

Havoc Franklin: I am in my dream job. I am involved in the work that early in my career I imagined, if I was lucky, I would be a part of.  I work in program and content development for existing and new programs for a public broadcaster. It is positive and forward looking.  I learn from my colleague every day and enjoy the shared atmosphere of intent and collaboration.  The work has challenge, variety and you can see success.

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