I was driving along minding my own business when the announcement came on the radio for “The National Bereavement Conference 2023!”
“Egad!” I thought.
Were they talking about an amazing get together of caring people that come alongside those whose lives are forever changed due to the loss of a loving spouse? You’d never know it by what sounded like the label to a file folder.
There is no promotion so brilliant that it can’t be made utterly ineffective through the presentation of data, such as a list of dates and times.
One of the first tips I wrote years ago was a show prep piece called “The 5 Subjects.” Here in 2023, is an updated edition.
The 5 Subjects (a Content guide)
1. Job stuff.
Besides stories that grow out of the workplace, this also includes finances, “the family wallet,” too. The economy affects our choices. But I start this list with the job scenario because all Content is primarily about what you have in common with the Listener. Continue reading
In my other life I announce some baseball games for the St. Louis Cardinals. Last week, a Hall of Famer member of their storied franchise passed away. While he had a significant 21-year playing career, he was mostly known to recent generations for being a broadcaster announcing 29 consecutive post seasons in a row on national television.
In hearing the tributes to Tim McCarver, I ran across an interview with the talented Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch where he talked about the craft of being a broadcaster.
I’ve been talking about “camera angles” for decades, born out of an acting and performing background, and a brilliant teacher I had in college while taking film classes.
The “leaky bucket.”
That’s PPM-talk for stations losing listeners by tuning away or turning the radio off. The traditional thought is that it is easier to keep listeners than to get them back. And darn logical that is, I reckon’!
But that’s only half the story. Or, should I say, two-thirds.
A recent study of 37 million listening occasions conducted by Coleman Insights and Media Monitors found that…
“Nearly two thirds of radio listening occasions are the result of a consumer turning on the radio, listening to a station and turning the radio off.”