Monday, October 22, 2018

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...

Putting Show Prep In Perspective

Are you one of those (many) personalities that take show prep for granted? You're convinced that if you have a list of topics in front of you, you'll be able to "feel it" when...

Use The Decision Tree To Decide If Content Is Worthy

There’s nothing like great radio talent telling personal stories from their own observations and real-life experiences. That’s unique content that nobody else can offer. It's really the key to great personality radio. It’s also...

A List of Reasons Not To Use Lists On The Air

A popular tool for online publishers to attract clicks is creating lists. You see them everywhere: The Top 7 Reasons to Dump Your Mate or 14 Ways to Organize Your Life. Lists work online because...

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...

Harvest Your Life To Feed Your Show

Usually, show prep is something air talent looks forward to just a little more than an air check meeting with the PD, GM, VP of Programming and one of the station's biggest clients. In other words,...

Winning Formula For Radio Shows: TSP Equals TSL

Everybody loves shortcuts. Shortcuts are terrific. Shortcuts save time and energy. But in some areas, there's no cutting corners. Preparing a radio show is one of those areas that seems adaptable to shortcuts. But...

Your Personality Brand And the 3 Legged Stool

Every brand represents values, whether they deliberately target those values or just fall into them. The same is true for radio personality brands. As you work on your character brand profile, try to identify...

Forget Original Content; Focus on Unique Performance

Every time I work with an air personality that insists on creating original content that has never been done before, a shiver runs through me. They’re almost certainly going to fail. There are so few original...

How to Be Part Of The Story

As the Powerball Lottery in the U.S. grew to record levels, most radio shows were talking about it in some fashion. Typical breaks on the air were phone topics asking what you'd do if...

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How to Structure a Relationship Feature

Listeners love eavesdropping on other people's problems. It's an escape for them, and it's a great way to get stories on the air. That's why relationship...