Friday, July 20, 2018

7 Ways to Power Breaks by Izeing Personality

One of the basic pillars of performance is relating to an audience on their terms. It's a sort of audio handshake that adds warmth and depth to every break. I call it izeing personality. There...

Are Parody Songs Right For Your Show?

You're not Bob Rivers (except for you, Bob Rivers). Bob is the dynamic, legendary morning personality in Seattle. Bob makes parody songs work for his show, and has built part of his franchise on...

Show Prep: Don’t Pick the Low Hanging Fruit

Radio personalities are taught the importance of keeping their show simple and easy to interact with, and that's sound advice.  Listeners aren't paying that much attention. A basic premise in working with clients is...

Storyboarding: Storytelling in Two Minutes

One of the first things I teach most clients is how to tell stories most effectively. In almost every workshop, someone claims there's no way they can practice the storytelling basics because their time...

Which Is More Important: Personality or Content?

Personality or content? Relevant or relatable? Structure or style? What is more important on the air? It's ideal to have both, of course. And we should always strive to have a relevant show with the...

Do More Music Morning Shows Work?

Throw this question out to a group of broadcasters, then sit back and be entertained. The debate over more music or more personality is a passionate one. Managers and bean counters would love it if...

Use This Tactic to Get More Reaction: Get It Wrong

As air personalities, we always want to be right. We take pride in it. But maybe we'd be more effective if we occasionally get it wrong. Intentionally. That may sound like a bad idea...

You’re Killing Your Show When You Credit Your Source!

When you turn on the lights in your home, do you quickly thank the electric company or power plant? Or the solar panels or wind turbines that provide the electricity? Of course not. So...

Use The Decision Tree To Decide If Content Is Worthy

There’s nothing like great radio talent telling personal stories from observation and real-life experiences. That’s unique content that nobody else can do. It’s also among the greatest risks of running listeners off your radio...

How To Hijack the Topic

Many personalities talk about the right things, but don't get credit because they fail to insert their personality in topics to become part of the story. This is the only way to get credit for...

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Feature: Is Anyone Listening Who…

A lot of stations do the feature: Is Anyone Listening Who..., but it's a classic way to use those oddball human interest stories in...