Here’s a new game for the show if you have other employees in the building: send a cast member into the kitchen and the listener on the phone has to guess if a used K-cup was left inside the Keurig. An aside – this is relatable to lots of folks in offices that people are not courteous enough to throw out their used K-cup after making coffee.
Archive for month: August, 2020
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! The cast at The Josie Dye Show with Matt and Carlin, Indie 88, Toronto are very inquisitive people. This is a key attribute in talent listeners gravitate to. With Covid-19 still a Hot Topic, the team continues to wonder about the disease and its impact on the community. They found a doctor to answer their questions, who comes on when they do. They key here is that this isn’t any doctor, it’s one who has something to say and they have chemistry with. That’s what makes this great, because the conversation took an odd turn after the topic of hooking up came up with the doctor. Someone brought up that glory holes were okay (look it up if you don’t know). The chemistry with the doctor drove the rest of the conversation, with it ending where a board-certified doctor endorsed having sex using them. Find experts for the show, but make sure they have something to say, can add to your conversation, answer the questions you have on whatever topic you’re discussing, and you vibe with, because that will drive how engaging it is.
This one will take some editing, but be a total goof on the audience. With the USPS in the news, have someone at the station be Zip Code Man (ZCM). Listeners call, tell ZCM their street address, and he tells them their zip code. He’s never wrong. The thing is you record all the calls ahead of time and edit out the space where you are looking it up. So Zip Code Man knows every zip code off the top of his head very quickly. That’s his super power!
We all agree that real life is very important as content for your show. Sometimes, it’s the very little things that become the biggest, and most memorable. How many Tide Pods should be used when doing your laundry? This was the real life content tackled by Mark and NeanderPaul, KSLX, Phoenix last week. Mark saw that his wife put two Tide Pods into the laundry. Once she stepped away from the washing machine, he fished one out, believing it should only be one. And he never told her. This resulted in calls about the correct number of Tide Pods that should be used with a full load. You might be interested to learn that, according to the company, it’s….two! This is great content – Mark and Paul created this break beautifully around the topic by adding in a couple of phone calls (one at the very beginning to grab you) as well as a quick quiz with a co-worker to find out how many she uses in the laundry. Overall, this is a small thing which will become a big thing.
We must stay true to ourselves if authenticity will ever rule. Authenticity is an overused word for being real. At its foundation, you must know yourself and find in that a comfort that when being honest with the audience, while you might find detractors, you stand a greater chance to move listeners from the like-to-love category. Brian and Chrissy, WGNA, Albany excel at real. There is a comfort with them which makes them friends. They had opportunity last year at this time to talk with country artist, Jimmie Allen. What are Jimmie’s passions? What could they talk with him about to showcase his authenticity? How about football? They didn’t do the standard Q and A some shows do (lazy). They researched Jimmie to find an angle for the content break that would compliment the “real” of their show. Here comes Jimmie Allen, a singer few in their audience really know because Jimmie is new and on the ascent, with his predictions for that week’s NFL match-ups. That Brian and Chrissy also like the sport and chose their favorite teams, the break radiated fun because everyone was emotionally involved.
Schools are headed back in session and most students will do virtual learning. Which means they will still be at home with parents doing the heavy lifting. Set up The Whine Line, where parents can call and tell you about their whining kids (that audio is content for the program). Then, call a few back and give them some wine (get it?) to help them cope.
How do you take a relatable as simple as wondering if people with low cell phone batteries are bothered with not having a full charge and turn it into bolder content? Mark and NeanderPaul, KSLX Phoenix show you with this week’s audio. On a show call recently, Mark bemoaned that every time he looked at his wife’s cell phone, her battery was dangerously low. That’s a simple enough character story to tell on the air and leave as-is or use as a phone topic. But the show decided to add other elements to the content to elevate it. Mark talked with three listeners at a station promotion and asked their names, what they did, and the current status of their cell phone charge (element #1). Then he used that audio and asked NeanderPaul to guess what their battery level was, knowing that he would be funny with it (element #2). They turned what could have been a standard break or phone topic into a game listeners vicariously played along with in the car. Add elements like these on occasion to your breaks to present them differently to your audience so your content stays fresh and different for fans.