Top 10 Tips For New Radio Shows
I’ve been a fly on the wall in the world of radio for a short while now so it’s probably only fair that I pass on my thoughts via a light-hearted listicle…
1. Be YOU
It’s very easy to put on a fake persona when you’re on the radio. You don’t need to! The best tip I can offer any new radio presenter is: BE YOURSELF. Use your own voice! Listeners will relate to a friendly voice.
Lean in close to the microphone and talk as if you’re talking to a friend you’ve known for years.
2. Talk to your listener
Okay, so this tip probably sounds a little bit obvious… but you’d be amazed by just how many people ignore it. You want your listeners to feel involved in the conversation.
Use direct and inclusive language such as: “You know…” and “We can listen to…”
3. Know what you’re talking about!
The best shows are the ones that are planned and thought out carefully. It’s important for a presenter to sound confident. Always ask yourself these two questions: “What are we going to talk about?” and “How are we going to talk about it?”
Creating a show running order will noticeably improve the quality of your show. Be prepared!
4. Be interactive
Take advantage of social media. The Producer’s PC is linked to Phantom’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Use them!
Ask your listeners to get in touch via Twitter and Facebook. You can even set up a Facebook Live stream of your show!
5. Invite guests
A good guest can transform a mediocre show into a great one. Do you know somebody with an interesting story? Get them on the radio!
Society representatives are always a popular choice.
6. Be original
This is YOUR show. Express yourself and do what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to try something new or adventurous.
If you’re unsure about an idea, feel free to ask for advice. The Phantom team are always happy to help!
7. Prepare a playlist
This is a really important tip for all you music lovers out there. Do you have a great playlist on your personal Spotify account? If so, follow yourself on the studio’s account and you can start playing out your favourite songs without the hassle of searching for them!
8. Think about the jingles and beds
Listeners will appreciate a show that uses a consistent array of jingles and beds. It’s irritating and confusing for the listener when a show uses a different bed between every song! Pick one and stick to it!
9. Get involved
Phantom Radio isn’t just about presenting your own show. There’s also an opportunity to get involved in open days and graduation ceremonies. This is a perfect time for you to hone your skills and talk to thousands of people.
10. Have fun
Let’s end on a cliché tip… It goes without saying really but Phantom Radio is here for you. Don’t take yourself too seriously, don’t take your show too seriously. Let’s just have a laugh.