Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is There A Rule That Every Station Must Have Entertainment Reports

Every week, I try to monitor a couple of shows I haven't heard before. It's fun to hear new ideas and sometimes discover new talent. Over and over, week after week, one thing stands...

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....

Best Practices For Entertainment News Segments

Most music oriented stations run some form of Celebrity feature, regardless of whether it's really a worthy feature. Whether the segment is branded as The Dirt, Hollywood 360 (my favorite), the Sleaze (Ryan Seacrest)...

5 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...

Feature: 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...

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...

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...

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...

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Here’s How to Tell Stories with Emotion

You know the difference between a good storyteller and a great one? Great storytellers have the ability to tell stories with emotion. Melissa Etheridge is...