Tommy Kramer Coaching Tip #269 – The Assembly Line Mentality: A Voice-Tracking Tip

No doubt about it, voice-tracking isn’t going away anytime soon.  But it sure makes people lazy.  However, there’s no reason why a voice-tracked Music Radio show can’t sound like it’s live.

But what happens often is that a jock sits down and thinks “I’ve got to fill 28 breaks” (or whatever the number is) and plows through them as fast as possible.

So here’s a tried-and-true method for voice-tracking that makes it pretty easy to still do a viable show:

Step one is to lay out what you HAVE to do (promoting things, etc.) and slot those in.  Separate them by half an hour or so, to avoid doing two “informational” breaks in a row.  Then, take a look at whatever Content you’ve brought to the table, and slot those breaks in.  What you have to do first; what you WANT to do second.

Step two is vital – track ONE hour, then STOP and listen to that hour’s breaks, all in a row.  If you spot a mistake that needs correcting, or a break where you weren’t at your best or just sort of “mailed it in,” re-cut them as needed.  ONLY THEN should you move to the next hour of tracking.

This few minutes of Quality Control will perform a dual function.  Not only will you make sub-par breaks sparkle, and in some cases more concise (and therefore more digestible), but that little “rest stop” gives the right side of the brain a chance to “recharge” itself, so instead of going into the next hour running out of gas, you have a fresh burst of creative energy.  It’s a “pit stop” to make you ready to WIN again.

Every single time you open the mic, you have a chance to connect with the listener, whether it’s just giving some information, or conveying the “presence” of your being right here beside me, listening to the song, too – or Entertaining me with some little quip or remark.

If I (as a listener) think you’re just hammering out breaks with little or no caring behind them, that’s not going to draw me any closer to you… and that means you wasted opportunities to bond with me.  That, my friend, would be a real shame.

Tommy Kramer

About Tommy Kramer

Tommy has spent over 35 years as an air talent, programmer, operations manager and talent coach - working with over 300 stations in all formats. He publishes the Coaching Tip

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