Saturday, February 23, 2019

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...

Show Prep: Storyboard a break to Tell a Story in Two Minutes

In almost every workshop on storytelling someone claims there's no way they can practice the storytelling basics because their time is too limited. What? Are you kidding? You don't have enough time to tell...

Prepare Deep To Be Spontaneous With Relaxed Readiness

Here's a term that could unlock the next level of your performance: Relaxed readiness. Air personalities struggle finding the balance between being highly prepared to perform and "winging it". I've actually had personalities tell me...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Inverted Funnel: Anatomy of a Radio Break

What's your process for getting ideas on the air? And what methods are in place for collecting show content and converting it to stories listeners can relate to? Here's a structure that may work....

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...

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Six Things That Cause Tune In

Most radio stations are not aggressive enough. Attracting listeners to become loyal fans of a station or radio show demands a creative approach to...