Thursday, February 20, 2020

Are You A Programming Fixer? Fix Yourself First

Programmers tend to be "fixers". I'm a programming fixer and many PD's I work with are, too. It's understandable. If only there were a magic wand to wave and have everything sounding just the way we...

Coaching Talent: Catch Them Doing Something Good

There's no real mystery to managing air talent. Whether they're easy to get along with or very difficult air personalities, the recipe is the same. Just catch them doing something good, and reward them...

Taking Action to Achieve Goals

Every radio show should work toward a goal at all times. And every programmer should build his or her station creatively and methodically to reach the next level. Goals are important. But each goal...

Coaching Talent: Creating a For The Show Mentality

Team chemistry is important for a radio show. But what happens when that chemistry  is shaken? That's a special situation that requires unique talent coaching skills. A For The Show (FTS) mentality can get you...

7 Important Talent Coaching Skills

It is hard to critique someone, but program directors who plan to lead a team have to do it. The best managers do it often. Most of the time, coaching sessions should be spent...

Effective Talent Coaching Demands Customized Feedback

I was working with a new morning show consisting of a very intelligent, polished and accomplished entertainer with little radio experience and a host that was learning how to transition from DJ to air...

Coaching Talent: The Big But Syndrome

The Big But Syndrome is a real thing. No, it's not the trap guys get from women when they ask how they look in this outfit or these jeans. It's the same consideration dog...

Coaching Talent: How To Avoid Familiarity Bias

If you’re like most people, you’re a human being. How’s that for an opening line that is inarguable? And being human means you’re biased. That doesn’t make you a bad person. It just mean's...

Coaching Talent: Do You Really Want A Dog (Personality)?

Be careful what you wish for. when a kid says they want a dog, they don't really know what they're getting into. And If parents get them a dog, there are responsibilities and expectations....

Coaching Talent: How To Inspire Personalities In a Rut

Ask any sports coach, teacher or parent about their biggest challenge, and it won't take long to hear something about working with people who aren't motivated. Add radio program director to that list, too....

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7 Keys To Cause Marketing Success

When radio stations truly adopt a cause, miracles can happen. Cause marketing is one of the best ways to grow roots in communities while building...