New word? / technical term?

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Tue Feb 12 16:17:33 UTC 2008

I posted this to another listserv (of audiophiles) and got the
following responses:

> An "outro" is an announcement at the end of a program or program
> segment.
> e.g., "That was our correspondent Roy Eagerbeaver, reporting from
> Ouagadougu."
> See also the Bonzo Dog Band's "The Intro and the Outro," which has
> little or nothing to do with the common usage in broadcasting, but
> it's fun to hear.

>  this is a helpful piece of software for the producer of podcasts
> or web segments. You could make one file of "This podcast brought
> to you by Joe's Dairy" or "This Podcast produced by Joe Schmoe" and
> automatically tack it to the end of each new clip.
> In web terms, it's sort of like using PHP's "include" command for a
> text file of HTML code for a copyright notice or navigation bar
> that goes in the same place on each page of a website.

> Also known as an "extro". I don't think "outro" was ever used in
> polite society, just by the same people who think volume controls
> are called "pods" instead of "pots".

> I think "extro" might be a CBC or generic Canadian usage. I've
> certainly heard and used "outro" at many US stations and networks,
> including NPR and the Voice of America. It don't get more polite
> than that.

> Old broacasting term.  The intro is when the host or announcer
> introduces the show.  The outtro is the same thing at the close
> of the show.  I worked on a radio program in the 80s in which
> the host and co-host would set up a bit of business at the
> start of the program (say, one of them got a speeding ticket).
> They'd talk about it at a break in the middle of the show,
> then the story would be resolved in a final conversation at
> the end of the program.  I dubbed these elements the "Intro",
> "Mid-Tro" and "Out-Tro" in the recording logs.  :-)

> Maybe generic, certainly in use in every station I ever worked at
> over a 30 year period. I never encountered "outro" till sometime in
> the 80s, and I have never in my life heard anyone actually USE the
> word, as in "You going to outro this record?" Google turns up about
> 53 million links for "outro" as opposed to a mere 212,000 for
> "extro", which just proves that those of use who use the correct
> terminology are an elite group.

> When was "outro" intro'd into the broadcast vernacular?
> Where was it first used (broadcasting? elsewhere?)?
> I've seen "outro" appear on the cue sheets of radio broadcast
> tapes dating to 1973.  I wouldn't be surprised if the term is
> much, much older than that - it's such a logical pun on
> "in"tro.


On 11 Feb 2008, at 19:44, Wilson Gray wrote:

> bookend-audio
> [P]lugin adds an -intro_ and [an] _outro_ to an audio [file].
> I'm not hip enough to this stuff to know what an "outro" is.
> -Wilson
> --
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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