So I've been in learning mode again. When you get to spend time with radio personalities who day in and day out do radio for a living, you begin to appreciate the dedication to the job. So whether you are volunteering at your local community radio station, or thinking about volunteering, here's a few ideas I've been learning that might help.Before a radio personality even gets into the studio to their show they need to:
· Plan & Prepare – What is the show about, what are they talking about, who is being interviewed, what events/issues are going to be raised? Have you done your research?
· Write out script/main points. Don’t forget the use of commas and fullstops, marking breath points and writing out phonically(how a word sounds) so you don’t forget how it should sound
· Practice talk breaks out loud
· Smile when you are talking J
· Practice inflection - Alteration in pitch or tone of the voice Don’t talk in monotone – people will be asleep or change to another radio station. L
· Where you sit in relation to the microphone. Don’t be too close, too far away, or sitting in an uncomfortable position.
· Where you hold your script/notes (so that listeners don’t hear paper rustling)
· If you are not prepared, don’t know what to say – don’t turn the microphone on.
· Your voice in your tool – take care of it. Don’t drink milk or cold water before going into studio .
· Watch when you are speaking that you are not shouting or too soft – it’s important to keep a constant volume level in your voice.
· Temp – how fast or slow you speak. If you talk too fast, no one will understand you. If you talk too slow, it’s boring. People will stop listening.
· Write your script as conversational – the way you would speak one on one with a friend over a cuppa.