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Tip of the Week - 2016 04 27: It's Not About You!

How exciting!  Your dream has come true.  You have been allocated an air shift on your radio station. Now you will be able to play all your favourite music – right?  Maybe!  Maybe

Tip of the Week - 2016 04 20: How to do a Great Ad-Lib

Websters dictionary defines ‘ad-lib’ as “to deliver spontaneously,” or “to improvise.” So…what’s the secret to doing a great ad-lib?

One word…preparation!

We see ad-libs on television from reporters and sports presenters. We hear great

Phone Numbers

“So, that event is happening at the High School auditorium, this Saturday evening at 7. To get a ticket, phone Jenny on 00812786410. You’re listening to Fast FM. Here’s a song from Justin

Tip of the Week - 2016 04 12: Walk in Two Worlds

Your job – above all else – is to be a friend to your listener. Not a super jock, not a know-it-all…just a human being that your listener can relate to. (Would you

The Best Way to Start a Great Career in Radio

Some people ask me…”What’s the best way to start a great career in radio?”

Is it…learn great voice control? Is it…know your music?

Here’s my answer:

“Make the announcer’s coffee.”

Happy broadcasting.

James

Tip of the Week - 2016 04 05: Talk to the Ear - Not the Eye!

Guess What? The eye and the ear are different! We all know this already. Right?

But, answer this question: Why do so many radio announcers insist on reading articles straight from newspapers, magazines or

Tip of the Week - 2016 03 30: What do New Announcers Find the Hardest?

When teaching new announcers about program presentation, what do you think is the thing they find hardest of all to manage?  What they are going to say next?  Which button to push?  How

Tip of the Week - 2016 03 22: Start a Station Diary

Short of things to talk about on air?

Start a station diary!

You are always being informed about upcoming events in your area. You get letters and brochures in the mail, emails in

Tip of the Week - 2016 03 16: Life and Death – Two True Radio Stories

I was thinking about the things we say on air today. We have the power to make someone’s life better, or to make their misery worse. We have the power to refocus

Are You an Announcer or a Programme Presenter?

Maybe you thought it is the same thing! Let’s see.

An announcer, by definition makes announcements. An example of an announcer might be someone who tells passengers their plane or bus is now

Tip of the Week: 2016 03 08 - What you say on air = the views of the station.

To the listener, the announcer IS the radio station. The announcer’s words and attitudes are perceived as the beliefs and goals of the station – rightly or wrongly.

If you are a radio

The Best Microphone Position

How do I position my microphone to get the best voice quality possible?

For some useful hints, watch this video. Here’s the link:

http://onlineradiotraining.com/10-bad-mic-position

James

Tip of the Week: 2012 02 29 - Pre Read Your Scripts

Run out of things to do before you go on air?

Why not pre-read all your scripts for today’s programme.

* Practice reading all your scripts…aloud. Listen as you read.

* Mark your

Feeling Uninspired?

Maybe you didn’t sleep well, or maybe you are just having an “off day.” BUT, you still have to go on air with a compelling programme. You have to sound positive, and you

Tip of the Week: 2016 02 19 - Two Voices at Once

Ever had two people talking to you at the same time? It doesn’t work does it?

So…Never talk over the vocal of a song. That is…never talk while there is singing in a

Tip of the Week: 2016 02 12 - Stretch...

Would Ronaldo play a game without warming up first?

Neither should a radio announcer!

You have important things to communicate – you need to do that clearly, while not causing injury to yourself!