Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ditch the Facts: Tell Me a Story

One of the strongest recommendations for virtually all radio stations with personalities is to drop the news. At least, news as it's typically presented. Reading a story that's more likely to be read in print...

News Programming Dilemma: What Listeners Want Or What They Need?

Consumer behavior patterns have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. We live in a world where anyone can get what they want when they want it, at the tap of a screen or...

The Breaking News Syndrome: How to Get Attention for On-Air Segments

One of the key concepts I teach air personalities is how to turn up the volume. This applies to building more interesting stories, creating features that take on more importance with the audience, being more...

Game: News Quiz

News and information shouldn't be boring, especially on a personality-oriented station. News Quiz is an easy way to make it fun and interactive by adding game elements, and inform the audience at the same time. This...

Uh Oh: Research Says Radio’s News Problem Has Reached The Danger Zone

Radio stations that depend on news and information have trended down, down, down. “It’s not us", they said. "It’s just PPM.” Well, it's time for stations in the news business to take notice. Radio's...

Fix Radio Traffic Reports In 4 Easy Steps

There's no doubt that many (most?) of us get traffic information from a smartphone or navigation screen in our vehicles, rendering radio traffic reports far less valuable than in the past. In fact, an argument...

You’re Killing Your Show When You Credit Your Source!

When you turn on the lights in your home, do you quickly thank the electric company or power plant? Or the solar panels or wind turbines that provide the electricity? Of course not. So...

If News Is On The Air, Promote It

Here's one of the most fundamental pieces of programming advice: If it's on the air, promote it! If it's not worth promoting, take it off. Those are programming words to live by. Think about that....

How To Write News Stories With Perspective

There's a huge difference in simply presenting a news, sports or entertainment news segment and creating a feature that attracts and holds an audience. There are many factors, but in the end, it comes...

7 Best Practices to Use Audio Drops In Information Segments

Inserting audio into an information segment can be a tremendous tool to make content come alive. When news audio drops accent a story, it adds pace, momentum and interest to a story, as long...

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Air Check Character

Air checks are usually tedious, only a bit more fun than dental surgery. But they don’t have to be. It takes time, commitment and creativity-just...