Sunday, July 21, 2019

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: 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...

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 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...

Who Needs a Coach? You!

Everyone needs a coach. Everyone. But often, radio personalities feel they are on their own. Nobody is their advocate. They feel they have no support or anyone they trust to lead them. That's the...

Setting Expectations for Radio Personalities

Have you ever thought you were doing a great job, and everyone was happy with you? Then you discover they were terribly disappointed. And it blows you away. You had no idea. The problem...

How To Celebrate Air Check Meetings

In a perfect world, air talent would receive regular input, filled with constructive, positive comments. The PD would be supportive and upbeat. And upper management would act as a protective shield from complaints....

Casting A Show: Arranged Marriage Morning Shows

An arranged marriage is a type of marital union where the bride and groom are selected by their families. It's still common in some cultures. One of those cultures is radio and, where personalities are sometimes...

The Zone of Mediocrity

Radio personalities are either making an impact, or they are not. They're either true personalities or just announcers. There's nothing wrong with being an announcer, but announcers aren't difference-makers. The point is, the middle...

Coaching Talent: Treat Talent Like Dogs

Here's some unexpected advice for programmers and managers when coaching volatile air personalities. You should treat talent like dogs. What? Seriously? Thats sounds strange coming from a radio talent coach, and I've had a lot of...

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