Archive for month: October, 2010
The very best phones always come out personal stories. Many shows lean on surveys or magazine articles to launch phones – that’s generic, boring, and impersonal. When the show shares something that happened to them, and then open the phones to get similar stories, they’re even better because character development happens (the audience is connecting with the story). In this audio segment from J & Julian on B96, Chicago, J tells a story about wanting a refund from a car wash that messed up his car. Listen after for the great stories they get from listeners as everyone kicks back to be entertained. This is simple bread-and-butter stuff, but quite effective when launched from talent sharing a relatable experience they had.
The Scotty Show at Radio NOW, Indianapolis is doing something fun to tie into the World Series. They’re calling it “The World Series of Revenge” is a great reframe for how women got back at a guy who did them wrong. They pit two stories against one another, crowning a victor each day who moves into the the next round the next day.
Katy Perry/Russell Brand wedding
Health Care Open Enrollment
With Halloween this coming weekend, it’s time to come clean. In almost every neighborhood, there’s usually one family’s home that was abused that evening. This was always the family responsible for calling the cops on Halloween. If you were one of those mischievous kids who pulled these pranks, it might be great radio to find these families now (very easy with Google) and apologize as an adult on the air for all the mayhem you brought many years ago.
One of our signature features on Karlson & McKenzie, WZLX, Boston is “Senseless Survey”. Kevin Karlson calls an unsuspecting citizen, claiming he’s with the US Senseless Bureau. Once they consent to a quick thirty second survey, he fires the quirkiest, oddest questions at them to see how they react.
Health Care Open Enrollment
Kanye Nude Photos
Dancing with the Stars
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Sarah Palin’s Alaska
Here’s a new topical feature you can do when the mood strikes. It’s called “The Hat of Inappropriate Jokes”. Write an inappropriate joke for the biggest news item of the day (i.e. the Chilean miners – make sure you choose a news item where no one is hurt or dies, of course). Place the joke, along with blank slips of paper in a hat. Each show member chooses a slip of paper from the hat. Whoever chooses the slip with the inappropriate joke must tell it on the air. There will be tension because no one knows who’ll get it. And for a moment, all eyes are on that show’s character to see how they deal with it.
We do a fun thing at the end of every artist interview on syndicated country morning show, Tony & Kris. It’s called “60 Seconds”, where the guys throw odd, quirky questions at the artists only looking for the first response that comes to mind. It’s a fun way to end interviews and gives listeners additional insight into the artists’ lives. Here’s a recent version of “60 Seconds” with The Band Perry, who’s up for several CMAs.