The key to a successful interview on Rivet is to ensure it fights for its audience's attention -- that it's engaging from the first word, so listeners get right up front a reason not to skip. That means standing features, like a show's name, or a theme song, or an underwriting or sponsorship message, should be delayed until after those most interesting words (maybe including a highlight sound-bite from the interview to come.) But once you have the audience's attention, how do you keep it? How do you keep the interview moving and engaging? You'll find as many different approaches as you'll find hosts. But here's an approach that's served me well over the years, adapted from a blog post for my journalism students.Read More
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If you want your listeners to come back for the next episode, give them a reason. Always be thinking ahead about what the next 2-5 shows might include (guests, topics, features). Tease what's coming up to generate anticipation, but don't just read off a list.Read More
Very few essays about talk radio begin with a quote from a long dead French novelist, but I feel it's important that Jean Giraudoux gets the credit that he so richly deserves. That's because he's the person who said "The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made."
The most common piece of advice fed to aspiring broadcasters is "be yourself." That's all well and good, but the self that usually appears on the radio is the self that appears on Facebook. It's our best self; it's the self we want to project to the outside world.Read More
Want to host a show but don't know where to start? The most effective web content, from blogs to podcasts, serves a niche audience. What's your niche? What are you truly passionate about? Zero in on that topic for show ideas.Read More
Critiquing yourself is one of the best things you can do to improve your show. Forcing yourself to listen--really listen--to your work allows you to learn from your successes and mistakes. When I hosted shows on FM radio, I had to go through a weekly(ish) process called "air-checking." Airchecks were frequently-excruciating meetings where I'd sit with the programming boss and listen to one of my shows from start to finish. The Program Director would stop-and-start the recording throughout, dissecting every word and phrase I used. I won't say all my bosses handled airchecks effectively or constructively, but my lasting takeaway was how important it is to think critically about every second of content that's put "on the air."Read More
There are as many ways to make a great talk show as there are people to host them. Your point-of-view, background, and voice combine to create something unique in the audience’s ears. But there are common mistakes made by broadcasters of all experience levels, and they can be easily fixed or avoided.Read More