Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Contest: Weather Guarantee

The Weather Guarantee contest is perfect for news stations, television stations and full service stations where an image for weather information is important. Most news and talk stations don't do a lot of contesting, but this has...

6 Tips For Writing Better News Stories

Most stations have some form of information segments on the air. It may be a formal newscast, sports updates or entertainment news feature, but at some point  tips for writing better news stories will come in...

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...

4 Tips For News On a Music Station

There's a lot of debate about the role of news on a music station. There are conflicting opinions on whether news in the traditional sense should be on any station at all. But one...

How To Air Check News Segments

One of the most overlooked areas of radio programming is reviewing and critiquing information elements on the station. News and information segments often stand apart, outside what's considered normal jurisdiction for a programmer, and it's easy...

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...

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...

What Has Happened to News Credibility?

In the past, radio stations worked hard to be the station listeners turned to for information. They worked and worked to break stories and become the trusted source. A reputation for news credibility was...

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....

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

Consumer behavior patterns have changed dramatically in the last 10 years. You already know that. It's a world where anyone can get what they want when they want it, at the tap of a...

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Quick Ways To Fine-Tune Host Skills on Multi-Cast Shows

Hosting a radio show with multiple personalities is hard. I’ve heard it compared to juggling knives and herding cats. Both are appropriate metaphors, and...