Posts Tagged ‘radio programming’

Morning Show Review: WIND 560

In Uncategorized on 02/20/2017 at 8:37 am

I had a chance to listen to WIND 560’s morning show today. The subject matter was excellent, topical, and relevant but the hosts need a lot of work on their mechanics. First, they were impersonal. The hosts never identified themselves or revealed a thing about themselves in the hour that I listened. I didn’t even get their names. I guess they’ve never been told that listeners relate to people and not announcers. While knowledgeable and articulate, the hosts were devoid of personality. Everybody has personality, but you’ve got to let it out on the air. Second, the hosts agreed on the subject matter. If there
are two hosts and you both agree, then one of you is irrelevant. Take a different position. In radio this is called “positioning characters”, and this is a basic radio technique.

My advice to the lead host: lighten up a bit. Smile. Laugh. Take an improv class to learn comedic techniques. Morning radio is about drawing audience with personality, not about giving lectures.

My advice to the supporting host: challenge the lead host with verve. Push his buttons. Knock him off his pedestal and out of his comfort zone. This is not a dry, uptight television show.

Why isn’t Salem coaching up this morning team? They have talent. Phil Boyce is a terrific PD. Is Phil asleep?


Cover Your Sports Games Remote Style.

In Uncategorized on 02/04/2017 at 9:35 am

A High School ball game is roughly two hours. Send your air talent and remote tech (in the station vehicle) to the venue.  Hang the banner and give away miniature footballs. The talent calls the studio hotline three times per hour with 90 second game reports that are sponsored. The beauty of this idea is you’ve covered the event without breaking format. Remember, listeners tune into a station because they like the format. You’ll retain your original listeners and gain local sports fans. If you broadcast a game long form, (the way you’ve always done) most of your original listeners bolt. Now you CAN please everybody.

Les Nessman Sucks

In Uncategorized on 02/05/2016 at 11:20 am


You’d think the stodgy radio industry would learn from the success of John Stewart. Is John credible? Who cares! He’s thought provoking and funny. In all likelihood, your delivery is too formal. After you write your newscast, sports report, weather forecast, etc., read it with verve. Read it with a big, fat, cheesy smile; read it with conviction and genuine attitude. Sadly, most radio managers want their news people to deliver fast, listless newscasts devoid of flavor. That doesn’t make you credible, it makes you boring. Listen to Warner Wolf or Chet Coppock deliver a sportscast. They’re showmen. Seriously, don’t be serious.

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