The basics concepts of radio broadcasting are mandatory. No one will pat your back for getting them right. This is more of a reason to keep them sharp and fresh.
Deliver promos and competitions with enthusiasm and precise execution.
Know how to balance your show as second nature. I something works, exploit it. If something doesn’t, you more than likely would get rid of the concept before going on air with it. A seasoned professional bleeds good content, and so bleeds great shows. There is no viable excuse for a bad show. If you’re rusty, polish yourself.
Do you promote your station? You should never be to egotistical to think that you are bigger than your brand.
If you are on a team, do you play your role? If you are losing focus, or your team is, it’s time for some team building. Reconnect with one another and know why your place on the show brings relevance and strength in the long run.
Follow the format of your station! Don’t go rogue with the station image, it always ends badly.
Love your listener! They’re the reason you will stay behind the mic.
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Firstly, let me calm you by saying, this is very normal. To get to a point, or a few points, in your on-air career where your doubts about the future are reigning supreme, this happens to every broadcaster. But those points need to be positive and constructive. This is called a broadcasting career, for the same reason you would call working in any other profession a career too, it’s got to last.
Very few on-air presenters have a growing and illustrious career by being on air exclusively. You have to think of the long run. Somewhere you can retire happily, having contributed both to your passion, but to the industry too. Look at exploring different avenues of broadcasting that interest you, and also fill a contribution to what is happening in the industry throughout your career. Land up in a senior role or in management. Teach. Educate people about where the craft is, and where it’s heading too. Lead teams in new media where broadcasting plays its important role in prospering the growth of communication as eras to continue to dynamically change.
Most of all, have a plan. Even if you change it along the way. Just always have it.
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Pay attention when you are being trained in broadcasting, because that training comes few and far between. This makes the industry sound cold, but your programme manager will only have regular snoop sessions that have to do with feedback on your show. The rest of it is up to you.
Evaluate your performance after every show. Firstly, ask yourself whether you had any “magic moments”. Magic Moments are times in the show that shone brighter than your regular great performances. And they should be celebrated. It’s important to hone in your accomplishments on air by seeing what you did and what was the essence of what it was that created a magic moment. Magic moments are not supposed to happen in every hour of your show, and even to a large extent, not every day on your show. Those that will culminate from producing, preparing and performing good radio. And that is your aim for every hour of every show. To make good radio.
Do the same crit for elements of your show that were mediocre or perhaps dismal. See them as growth experiences that need to be corrected immediately. Again, it is important for you to ask yourself why these elements of your show were anything but good, or great. Focus on repairing this before trying anything gutsy. People will hold it against you if you have done a bad show, and if you’re lucky, you will be able to redeem this either during that show or in the next that you host with better preparation.
Why is “mediocre”, the worst feedback you can get, or give yourself while criticising your show performance?
Because it is not memorable. If the opinion of your show by a listener is that you are “mediocre”, meaning they don’t care whether you’re on or not, it is the same as experiencing career suicide. So, dare to be great.
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A while ago I decided to test out recording my first podcast series. Knowing that producing a passion project is the easiest when you have an actual passion for the subject material – I chose looking into different facets and people within the South African comic book industry.
Rules for podcasting is something we can definitely talk about in future posts, but I wanted to put out a spot of my first journey into series podcasting. If I had to advise you on one thing, it would be to keep it simple and safe for your first go – kinda like this 5 part series. I sourced different people in the industry that would allow me some really interesting conversations around what fanboys and girls would love to hear.
As you advance, you should implement the core principles of storytelling, and take your time in a mass load of pre and post production. But again. This will be a conversation for a soon-to-be-published later date.
I just want to encourage everyone out there to tell their story. Your life is important and interesting, and it should be shared with the world. Find the pearls and make almanacs of your journey, in whatever you want to delve into.
This series has five parts. And my guests were really cool. An artist, and influencer, a comic store owner, a horror fiction author – and myself as a panelist at the 2018 ICON Comic and Games Convention.
Please feel free to ask ANY questions about podcasting in the comments section and I will be glad to help out.
But in the meantime. Enjoy.
Black, White And Everything In Between – A South African Comic – Jason Masters (Marvel/DC)