Hot List Oct 31, 2011

Halloween
The Madoffs
Conrad Murray Trial
Occupy Wall Street
College Football
NFL
Snow in the Northeast
Lindsay Lohan
Kris Humphries
Eddie Murphy
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The Hallow Queen

Two ideas this week:

Here’s Halloween again.  This one’s only good for the day of the holiday.  Find a fun gay guy who’ll be your queen.  He takes calls from listeners who have no idea what to go as for Halloween night.  Using his sense of humor, he offers up the least appropriate, over-the-top suggestions to the listeners calling.  He’ll be known as your Hallow-Queen!

What does every kid do when they get home after trick or treating Halloween night?  They segregate their candy into two piles – the candy they want and the candy that’s crap.  Tuesday morning of this week (the first show after Halloween), put on kids who’ll tell you about the candy they got the previous evening which was horrible, then trade them.  Have candy they want and swap it out.  It’ll sound cute and play into a memory every listener has!

Steve Kemble

Gene & JulieFor the record, I am not a big fan of Hollywood reports.  I’ve just seen too many listeners comment on how the information is ripped off from TMZ or Perez Hilton’s website (whether it’s true or not, that’s their general perception).  The goal of a show’s Hollywood report should not be to convey information (especially information any listener can now get on their smart phone), but to entertain the audience.  Here’s Steve Kemble, America’s sassiest lifestyle guru on KVIL, Dallas’s Gene and Julie.  Steve is a howl – it’s not the stories Steve covers, but how he covers them (total fun) that makes listeners want to come back the next day for more!

Thrown Back, Throw Down

Mojo in the MorningLike many shows, Mojo in the Morning on Channel 95.5 plays some throw back music each Friday.  Besides playing the tunes, the team also plays the “Throw Back, Throw Down” game. Listeners choose a show member to play on their behalf.  Mojo then plays the first second of a throw back song.  The first show member to buzz in and identify the song wins a point for the listener en-route to a prize.  It’s lots of fun and you really get the playful chemistry of this team.

Colonel Gaddafi Spelling Bee

With the death of Colonel Moammar Gaddafi, it’s time for another thrilling round of the “Colonel Gaddafi Spelling Bee”.  This one’s quite easily and exceptionally silly.  Tell six listeners you have a prize for them with a mystery question about the Colonel.  Load up the phones, and once on the air, tell them to spell Gaddafi.  Here’s the fun part, no matter how they spell it (as long as there are a zillion consonants said), they win.  Set them up in the phone screening to be in on the joke!

Hot List Oct 24, 2011

Moammar Gaddafi
iPhone 4s
World Series
Albert Pujols
Steve Jobs
Halloween
Nick & Mariah’s Babies
College Football
Wisconsin – Michigan State Hail Mary
NFL
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The Assistant Has No Hands (RSMS)

The Rickey Smiley Morning ShowThe syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show out of Atlanta is one of the quirkiest shows you will ever hear.  In this clip, Rickey and his team call the front desk to welcome the new receptionist to the station.  She is a minority hire – she has no hands!  Listen as they talk with her and note that even though this is a total put on (and the audience knows this), they are smart in that they never make mock this character directly, which makes it funnier.

Siri, The Talking Assistant

With the new iPhones 4s out to very good reviews, the most talked about feature about the phone will be Siri.  No doubt everyone who has one, throughout the weekend, has been playing with this talking assistant.  In fact, Apple seems to have a sense of humor.  If you ask Siri to do something obscene, it’s likely she’ll offer back a shocked response.  Time to get an iPhone 4s and play with Siri on your program.  If you cannot locate one, head to an Apple store to record it and/or remember that YouTube (click here to get there) probably has lots of videos posted by now where you can download the audio.

Hot List October 17, 2011

iPhone 4s
Siri
World Series
Occupy Wall Street Movement
Bill Clinton/Lady Gaga
Ashton Kutcher
Conrad Murray Trial
Dancing With the Stars
College Football
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