AudioGreat breaks achieve a positive strategic goal back to the show. They communicate, both in content and presentation, something about the show plot. Breaks which score are real, relevant, and fun. They earn you valuable images. Here are some breaks by Reynolds Group shows which achieve this.
It’s absolutely the best when a show gets creative around a Hot Topic. Listen as Chris Carr, Maverick, and Statt, the morning show at B105, Cincinnati have some fun with Al and Tipper Gore’s recent announcement that they’re divorcing. Statt knows why…as you’ll hear in the audio he “found” of pick up lines in Al’s match.com ad.
The audience does want to hear about the lives of the people on the show. Especially when their experiences are very relatable. Rachel, from Kyle and Rachel, Radio NOW, Indianapolis, recently went to the dentist. To have the work done, Rachel had to get the laughing gas. They could have just talked about it. But the break got good because Kyle went along and recorded a conversation with Rachel while she was loopy. This is fun and very memorable.
The best ideas tend to come from real life – developing ideas from things that happen to you shift the perception from it being a “bit” to something more organic. Karson, from Karson and Kennedy, MIX 104.1, Boston, walked in on his mother-in-law while she was visiting with him, when she had no pants on. Oops! To give out some concert tickets, the show did “Beat That”, where the listener with the best story beating his won.
Every morning show has received an ugly e-mail or text from a listener. Listen as Nick Cannon on 92.3 NOW, New York City completely disarms one of them by calling her to talk about the sent text! Listen as he both surprises her with the call and wins her over, making her an even more loyal listener to the show.
The Prank Phone Call is one of radio’s strongest benchmarks. Here’s Rickey Smiley whipping a listener who’d just had a baby into a frenzy by calling as a nurse at a hospital to say liquor was found in her breast milk.
One of my all-time favorite holiday bits is “Scared Straight Santa” as done by Karlson and McKenzie at WZLX, Boston. In this feature, Pete McKenzie calls a kid who’s been naughty as Santa Claus to call them out. It’s after the holdiays, but the execution of this is flawless. From the fun audio segments they use up front to set the tone to the call with the kid (who was obviously having a good time with all of it), this bit has just enough attitude and fun to make people talk. Hang on to it for next year (or for July when Santa has a lot of time on his hands!).
Family + The Holidays = Drama! Intern Adam Levine, who works each morning with Karson and Kennedy, MIX 104.1, Boston, had some drama with his family about the holidays. How best to maximize his story? Park his mother quietly on the hotline to surprise him as he told the story to see how the drama changes with both of them on the phone.
At MIX 104.1, Boston, we had a very unique prize – the chance to play football with Patriots quarterback and local hunk, Tom Brady. We did “Dress Like a Lady to Play With Tom Brady” where guys had to dress in drag to win. The goal of a show is to be real, tell stories, be innovative, and create fun. Here is a prime example on Karson & Kennedy of how we involved listeners in this very unique idea.
Just up the road in Baltimore, a school bus driver lost their temper with a student. This lead to a great phone topic about the time you lost it at work. Great phones are always stories. Here’s a break from Pablo and Free, WPGC, Washington, who talk to a listener who defines again the meaning of “going postal”.
Each Monday, “Gene and Julie” at KVIL, Dallas do a strategic feature called “The Relationship Report Card”. We look for every opportunity to build their characters and remind the audience they’re married. In this very fun Monday morning feature, each gives the other a letter grade on how they were as a spouse in the previous week. This is a highly relatable feature and gives both a chance to share their lives with listeners, thus bonding to build loyalty. In this particular installment, Gene gets an F-minus, leading to lots of laughter!