Thursday, September 16, 2021

Story Killers: Dead Ends and Detours

Dead ends and detours are frustrating on a road trip. But they're even more destructive on radio shows. On the air, both are equally dangerous on the air. In this article, I show you how...

Personalities: Got Game? Here’s How To Get it

You know the feeling. The break should be wrapping up, yet it's drifting aimlessly, desperate for closure. It's time to be over, but how to get out? So it keeps going. And going. Now...

Performance Basics: Trust Your Partner

Remember the creepy snake in “The Jungle Book”? The snake who sang “Trust in me” looked exactly like someone that should absolutely, under no circumstances, be trusted. You probably have worked with someone like...

Radio Personalities: How To Raise The Stakes

Turning back time, the one thing personalities should choose differently is building a background in theater. It may not be practical to start an acting career, but everyone can get involved with improv. One...

How To Use Mistakes As a Positive

In Improv, the primary rule is to always move the story forward. But it's not always perfect because people are imperfect. Great performers learn to use mistakes as a tool to entertain. In this article,...

What Improv Can Teach Radio Shows About Teamwork

There is an old saying about a chain being as strong as the weakest link. Each link is important, but only when working together to strengthen the chain. Performers on improv teams are like...

Improv Teaches You To Be Specific and Descriptive

Whether writing a book, screenplay, a scene for a movie or a station promo, there's one rule of thumb that always work. It also applies to improvisational theater and radio performance. The first lesson...

Improv Skill For Radio Shows: Free Association

Aside from being a genuinely likable person, the most important quality an air personality can master is the ability to respond spontaneously. Being truly in the moment as an active listener will help advance a...

Be a Better Personality: Always Say Yes

  Sometimes it feels like the solution to finding new, original talent will come from improv. Many improv skills apply directly to performing on-air. Especially the concept of Always Say Yes. This article explains the concept...

Listen and Respond: The Spirit Of Improv and Personality Radio

What is the most important trait of an air personality? The answer: It's being likable. Genuinely likable. A spirit of likability transcends everything else. Likable people are good-natured. That's also the spirit of improv....

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Feature: Confessions and Secrets

Confessions and Secrets is a popular feature that can be adapted for most formats, regardless of the targeted audience. In this article, I explain how...