News & Information

Feature: Celebrity Birthdays

Birthdays on the air? Really? Like they did it in the 60s and 70s? Who wants to hear that? Celebrity birthdays are trite, lack excitement, and aren't that creative. Right? Perhaps there's a way...

Here’s How To Win A Pop Culture Story

It's hard for a radio show to win a pop culture story. In fact, it's nearly impossible to be known as the source for breaking news. But shows can win credit for curating the...

Entertainment News All Day? Yes, Please!

How often should Entertainment News be on a radio station? Once a day? Once an hour? Three times an hour? Just in the morning? Or in both drive times? Or how about not at...

Best Practices For Entertainment News Segments

Many music-oriented stations run some form of Entertainment News Segments. Whether branded as The Dirt, Hollywood 360 (my favorite), the Sleaze (Ryan Seacrest), or another name, the feature is one of the most common...

Guide To Programming News Stories

Programming information elements is not difficult, but it does take time and attention. The goal should be to make each update exciting, fresh and different, while still covering the biggest stories of the day....

How To Write News Stories With Perspective

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

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

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

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 PPM.” Well, it's time for stations in the news business to take notice. Radio's news...

This Is How Entertainment News Should Sound

There are many ways to present entertainment news on the radio. Each should add a unique personality. But there are basics that should be observed in every segment. And not every station gets it...

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...
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