CLEARING THE AIR is a stupid comedy podcast about the rigmarole of getting radio advertisements cleared for broadcast.


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The Radio Advertising Standards Agency* is a bastion of the radio industry. A guardian of quality. A bulwark of trust. Its work is essential and protects radio listeners from the horrors of bad ads.

RASA’s highly trained officers and round-the-clock listening agents are constantly on the lookout (and also hear-out) for anything – ANYTHING – that might alarm listeners, even just a bit.

You know the kind of thing. Crazy claims. Rampant promises. Massive statements. And wishy-washy rubbish like “there’s never been a better time to buy laminate flooring.” That kind of nonsense is exactly why the Radio Advertising Standards Agency is forced to exist.

Copywriters, having fun while brainstorming at a radio station at an unknown location.

CLEARING THE AIR features Claudette Bewley, a senior official at the Radio Advertising Standards Agency. She leaves messages on random copywriters’ voicemail advising them where they’ve gone wrong.

CLEARING THE AIR is written by Emma Clarke and features the voices of Emma Clarke and Taff Girdlestone. The producer is Rik Watson.

No copywriters were (permanently) harmed in the making of this podcast.

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Genuine reviews from a variety of human beings

Some people in this picture may have listened to CLEARING THE AIR. Some may have not.

Hilarious! Comedy gold! – Claire Grainger

This podcast is genuinely funny. Within the first minute I was already laughing out loud, getting some weird looks from people nearby. I have listened to a lot of “comedy” podcasts but nothing that constantly makes me chuckle like this does. Everything about it is genius – the writing, the character, the audio itself…well done ‘Claudette Bewley’ you are my new hero! – Shelly Smith

Brilliantly funny! I could listen to Claudette Bewley all day (providing she’s not talking to or about me). – Luke McPeake

Love it! So brilliantly observed, and so true my experience. Painfully so. Was doing LOLs on the train! Her voice is fantastic, the haughtiness, the passive agressiveness. And the accent and impediment! Lots of little touches that really makes it ridiculous and perfectly believable at the same time. Good work. – Simon Galloway

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* NB – The Radio Advertising Standards Agency might not actually be real.
The music used on CLEARING THE AIR is Supa Cop by Lynne Publishing / Pond 5, and features this sound effect. This audio is licensed under Creative Commons. License info is here.

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