Archive for month: August, 2017
Much of the content you do is correlated to where your relationship is with the audience. Younger shows do more character development so the audience can get to know you faster than older shows (who are probably better defined). At The Josie Dye Show, Indie 88, Toronto, we want the cast better known to the audience as they’re a traditional Stage One program (the audience knows very little about them). One morning, Josie wondered where she was conceived. So to create a moment listeners would lean in to, she called her always-entertaining mother to ask. On other breaks, she had the rest of the cast do the same and then they did a few listeners with their parents in a recurring one-week idea. This was never dirty, but rose to the level of “can’t miss” because it was vulnerable and quite revealing. Here’s the break where Josie talks to her mom.
Easy phone topic that results in great stories: Staples or Stitches! Tell us what happened that resulted in you having to get staples or stitches.
Every mother is out working the list – the list of school supplies she has to buy her kid. Have a cute sounding kid read two lists: the actual one of things that must be bought for him or her to go back to school. Also have the kid read the list of things that can’t be taken into a Guns ‘n Roses concert. Edit the two lists together so every fourth item is from the GNR concert. Present it as the school supply list and then, when listeners stop when they hear that odd item, reveal the joke of what you’ve done.
Kim Jong Un is in the news. Looks like he wants to nuke Guam and the rest of the United States. For any show, getting North Korea’s leader for an interview is a total coup. WDRV, Chicago’s Sherman and Tingle worked it hard and Un called their show to talk about the state of things. Well actually, it’s his translator. Looks like Kim knows lots about how bad Chicago traffic is, wants to annihilate the awful freeways around town, uses the station app to listen to his favorite classic rock, and has deep affection for the station midday talent, the iconic Bob Stroud. Great shows do perishable content. Breaks with topics cut from today’s headlines and done in a sticky, unique, memorable way, always work. This show will continue to win because what they do on the show today would feel very dated if done next week. That’s good. Enjoy Kim Jong Un and his translator on The Drive’s morning show.
The stickiest stuff you can do on your show is tell a story about yourself. Especially one with tension and drama. We connect by telling stories to each other. Stories define us and allow those listening to see themselves in you. Stylz and Roman, US 99, Chicago, tell great, relatable stories about themselves. Doug Stylz is an adult male (over 40, married, with a kid). Getting a tattoo should be no problem, right? Not to his conservative parents, who’ve always frowned on it. Listen as Doug becomes a kid again as he breaks the news to his parents (his father walks out of the house in disgust). Then a second break the day after where Justin, Doug’s on-air partner, calls his parents to smooth things over. This is very real, very relatable, and very much fun as the listeners identify with Doug’s dilemma and drama. This is the kind of storytelling and content that listeners define talent through and hold on to for a long time. Both breaks are below.
Remember that essay you had to write about what you did on your summer vacation when you went back to grammar school each year? How about finding some cute sounding kids and get them to do it and voice it on your show as they head back to school? To control this, ask the kids of co-workers to do it so you know what you have (instead of doing it on the phones which could be a wild card).