The Cat’s Outta’ the Bag: A Revealing Guide to Radio Hosting Success

Cat In A Bag

  • Prepare bullet points of what you plan to say. Don’t read verbatim; speak conversationally.
  • Before going on air, take a few minutes to stretch out your chest, shoulders, neck and face. It will help you relax.
  • Open with a compelling topic and share your own related anecdote.
  • Don’t staple your papers together or rattle them while recording your show. Microphones pick up a lot noise, and you don’t want anything to distract your listeners from your message.
  • Focus on what the audience wants to hear, not just what you want to say. Pay attention to current trends, debates and controversies to keep abreast on what topics spark the most interest.
  • Know your topic! Before broaching any subject, do your research and be sure to understand all angles.
  • Remember: people often listen to radio while engaged in other activities. Be sure to keep your points simple and provide examples that illustrate the core of your message.
  • Speak clearly and softly.
  • Breathe.
  • Drink only room temperature water. Cold water will tighten your vocal chords and distort the normal sound of your voice.
  • If you forget what you were going to say, stay calm, re-focus and refer to your bulleted list for guidance.
  • Don’t talk over others. It’s distracting to the listener. Practice Lord of the Flies conch-style discussion (Yep!) and resist the urge to release your inner savage!
  • Create your own signature show close.

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