Tommy Kramer Tip #244 – The Cure for “Puking”

Just last month, an associate sent me this email:

Do you have any suggestions for how to correct a “Ron Radio” delivery?  A client of mine in a small market sent their night jock’s audio to me.  He is kind of a puker.  It’s been forever since I’ve dealt with someone who pukes on the air.  I was going to have him put a picture of his wife (or similar) in front of him to maybe make him more conversational.  I remember you having a better way of having someone visualize speaking to another person.

My reply:

The picture of your wife works for most people, but with pukers, they have to move in closer to the mic so when they get loud and exaggerated, it really stands out to them.  What I do is play a break where the pukey thing happened, then ask the talent to “Say that again, right now, just to me” to create a sense of intimacy.  Intimacy kills puking.

The worst disease in radio (or in life, really) is to try to be “bigger” and more expansive.  It just makes someone sound like a blowhard.  Drastic measures are sometimes necessary.  I always remind those people that I’m only two feet away, not twenty.  And if that doesn’t work, I let them in on how really great jocks always mock pukers.  (No one likes to think of himself being mocked.)

The “Ron Radio” thing may have worked at one time, but not now.  One of the best things you can do as a PD is help someone lose that sound.

Tommy Kramer

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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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