Just be doing my homework. I have a radio show to present tomorrow (2nd Sep 6-8pm BST) on 5 Towns Radio.
- Prepare Beforehand: Trying to juggle too many things at once can result in mistakes. Structure your time by preparing beforehand so you can produce the best shows possible.
- Be Authentic: People like to listen to presenters that come across as genuine. Be proud of who you are and where you came from. You may not appeal to everyone, but at least your authentic and broadcast with confidence.
- Talk to One Person: Engage with your listeners by presenting your shows like you’re talking to a friend. For example, “I hope you had a good weekend! We’ve got some awesome tracks coming your way soon, so stay tuned!”.
- Have Something to Say: No one wants to listen to a boring person. As a radio personality, you should have something to say. Be passionate on-air to engage with your listeners.
- Air Check Shows: Once you have finished a broadcast, go back and listen to what was said. What went well and what didn’t? Address these issues next time you are on air.
1. NEVER Be Boring
2. Air Check Your Shows
3. Make Listeners Feel Special
4. Social Media Savvy
5. Stay Updated
6. Paint Pictures with Words
7. Share Nuggets of Your Life On-Air
8. Learn Useful New Skills
9. Know Your Station Like the Back of Your Hand
10. Community Focused
11. Promote Fellow Presenters
12. Professional and Punctual
13. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously, or No One Will
14. Never Forget Your Roots
15. Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
16. Don’t Be Prejudiced
17. Always Pre-Read Scripts
18. Engage With Your Radio Station
19. Do Your Research
20. Keep Cool
I’ve got my songs prepared.
I’ve spoken to as many of the other presenters on the radio station that would reply to my email in which I begged for tips (about a dozen of them replied with some really useful stuff.
I’ve worked out how much time I have to speak between each song (somewhere between 40 secs and 2.5 minute depending on how many songs I want to play per hour (between 10 and 17 depending on how much talking I can come up with)).
And I’ve started writing out a list of 30 one-word prompts:
Yeah, that needs a little work, but I’ve got all day tomorrow to do that. It’s just a question of distilling the essence of the above and the emails from the other presenters. Easy.
- Research (So, I survived the zombie apocalypse and all I got was this podcast by Chris Freeman)
- Relax/Enjoy (The History Man and Her (John and Kay))
- Stand (David Walton – sat in France)
- Prepared (Rob Shersby)
- Confidence/Clarity/Music (Adam Press)
- Course (Bec/Bev/Liz/Gail/Lindsey/Chelsea/Janette/Halima)
So, yeah – that’s it – all set up to present a two hour radio show. Yay!