Monday, January 21, 2019

Guide To Programming News Stories

Programming information elements is not difficult, but it does takes time and attention. This article contains guidelines on how to make each update exciting, fresh and different, while still covering the biggest stories of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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 over the past decade or so. “It’s not us", they said. "It’s just PPM.” Well, if you’re in the news business,...

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....

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This Is the Most Powerful Word in Radio

Nobody likes it when someone talks down to them. They love it when they're made to feel special. Listeners are real people. Well, most of...