This is one of the most important questions: who is my radio show for? To be more specific, it may be a good idea to consider whether you want to address a certain niche or a very specific audience in the radio world. Perhaps you would like to share your passion for effect pedals by discussing the possibilities available and why you like them so much? Perhaps you prefer to promote events taking place in your city? Or maybe you just want to improve your DJ skills by mixing live for hours? Anyway, if you decide the content of your show and the audience to which it is addressed (for the previous examples: guitarists who love effects pedals,common thread in your programs.
What music will you be playing on the air?
This question coincides very closely with the one asked previously. (You could even reverse the reasoning: depending on your choice of music, you decide who listens to it / wants to listen to it or how you fill the rest of your show). If you have chosen the above-mentioned effect pedals as your theme, you can play songs that illustrate this type of effects that you complete by playing audio clips in which you show the other possibilities. If you choose to promote a local event, you can play music that is typical of that place or that is made by artists who come from that place or the surrounding area, possibly interspersed with more famous music to reach a wider audience. . If you choose to show off your DJ skills and mix your own deephouse tracks, it may be worth mixing them up with tracks from more well-known artists. One thing is for sure, the more you specialize in a niche, the harder it can be to find the right music. The point is that music, in whatever form, keeps the listenerfresh and ready .
What about my voice?
Even if you hate the exaggerated voices taken by many radio hosts and are not convinced by your own voice, you have to say something at some point, if only to start your show, quote a song title, introduce your guest, or wrap up your show.
Suppose you want to do an hour-long podcast. In this case, it’s handy to have some sort of script that takes into account the topics you want to cover, the music you want to stream, and other important things you want to talk about. In the jargon, this is called the script of the show . It can simply be a list of the songs you want to air and a detailed plan showing all your interventions with the exact times when you want to put on music or do an interview. You will notice that as you write and direct your show, you will find the type of script you prefer and are most comfortable with.
Tips & Tricks
A very practical first tip is to watch your last headline, your intervention or your next commercial. If you know how long it lasts or when it starts, you can write down in your script when you should start it. Suppose you have a two minute commercial break and you have a record that is 3:57 (3 minutes and 57 seconds) in a one hour show, then you need to stream that last track no later than 54:03 . Another detail, don’t forget that you will have to pay royalties for the music played on the air. More information is available on the Sacem website. Also, make sure you always have an idea for new topics or themes to cover in case you have a gap to fill.