Friday, February 22, 2019

How Improv Skills Make Personal Stories More Interesting

Improv skills are one of the most important things air talent can learn to improve their ability to perform spontaneously on the air. Personal stories infused with these skills make stories come alive on the air. But...

Story Killers: Dead Ends and Detours

Dead ends and detours are horribly frustrating things on a road trip. But they're even more destructive on radio shows. On the air, both are equally dangerous on the air. When traveling, two unforeseen things...

How to Stop Being Boring

Nobody wants to be boring. We want to be exciting, engaging and fun. We want to be the life of the party that commands attention. But yet, our lives are kind of boring to...

Active Listening and 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 you advance...

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...

How to Help a Cohost Tell a Story

Some personalities are better storytellers than others. But everyone becomes a better storyteller when they have help from an enthusiastic and supportive audience. That's why it's important to be a good partner and help...

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Remember your first days in radio? You were so excited every day. You couldn't wait to get to the station, just like kids looking forward to the first day of summer vacation. Those were...

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. That's why you need to learn to use mistakes. Improv actors are trained to work with what they...

Radio Personalities: How To Raise The Stakes In Breaks

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

Listen and Respond: The Spirit Of Improv and Personality Radio

What is the most important trait of an air personality? I won't delay the gratification. The answer: It's being likable. Genuinely likable. A spirit of likability transcends everything else. Likable people are good-natured. That's...

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Planning & Prepping a Public Appearance

Radio personalities always seem to have opportunities to be involved in public appearances and events. For some, it's a good way to make a...