Collection: Internet Radio DJs, Broadcasters and Hosts Training

THE PARTICIPANTS: Introduction and background on the Participants of the Programme. We are going to spend few minutes in looking into the profiles of the participants

PROGRAMMES: Weekdays (Monday - Friday); 1st - 4th Weeks Monthly Programme; and Weekends (Saturdays; Sundays) Programme. This module addresses these various programmes, their demands, and challenges. The participants must be psychologically ready for their type of a programme.

ROLES: DJ/Broadcaster/Host, Co-Host, Production Manager, Station Manager, and the Guest. Make sure that you clearly understand the roles of each of these players. Each of them must engage with their roles, responsibilities and be accountable.

PREPARATIONS: How do you prepare for the show as a DJ/Broadcaster/Host/Co-Host? Every person has different approaches to things. The same applies to DJs and Broadcasters. Make sure that you develop your own approach to your show. Out of that come with a standard template and use it as a guideline. You don’t want to be creating new approaches every time you host a show. That would be confusing your listeners.

BEING FULLY PRESENT: What to pay attention to during the show? One of the main requirements for effective hosting and facilitation of a show is to be fully present. That means you must be awake at all the time through the show. Make sure that the night before your show you rest and sleep enough. We know that this is a challenge as this is not your only activity in your professional life. However, you should try to balance your involvement in the week of your show. If it becomes your full-time activity comply with this requirement. You may also consider fitness programme to improve on your attention span.

SELF-DEVELOPMENT: How do you develop yourself into efficient and effective DJ/Broadcaster? This is the role that requires your intellect. Our radio station expects the DJs and Broadcasters to engage on lifelong learning and qualify themselves, not only academically but also through practice. As a host of shows you must keep up with trends in specific topics and in general. Reading is the one sure way of addressing this demand. Otherwise you will fall short in some of the conversations you will be facilitating.

MANAGING SCHEDULE: How to manage your programme schedule, month in month out? Most of you are hosting monthly whereas others are hosting weekly shows. You have different demands and challenges. Try as hard as possible not to drop

PROMOTING YOUR SHOW: Think about how you are going to augment the efforts of COMETSA Office in promoting and marketing your show. Think of Digital Marketing, using your own social media platforms.

COLLABORATION WITH PRODUCTION TEAM: All the shows raise and fall on the collaboration between the hosts and the production team. Joint planning between the two teams even few minutes before the show could save a disaster from happening.

SOURCING GUESTS FOR THE SHOW: Think about how you are going to source guests for your monthly shows. Identify the source of the guests. Build a database of potential guests. Contact them and give them heads up. Make sure that you know their email address, mobile numbers, landline numbers, and follow them on social media like LinkedIn 

GUESTS CRITERIA: Work out the criteria you will be using to identify, select and invite the guests. Go beyond technical qualifications. Look at their personality, experience, reputation, energy levels, ability to express themselves, confidence level, communication skills, interest levels, willingness to volunteer their knowledge, passion for the topic you are addressing, willingness to share their sources, etc.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIP WITH GUESTS (current, past and future): Be strategic, and do not approach the guests when it is too late, and you are desperately looking for a guest. Give them enough to prepare for your show. Line up two replacement guests to avoid being totally dropped in the last hours of your show. Be in touch with your main and replace guests a week, three days, a day before the show and the morning of the show. This is more so if the guest is popular and you have promoted them widely.

NETWORKING AS A RESOURCE: Good talk show hosts are great networkers. They do this naturally. They know the movers in their sectors on first names. Aim to develop yourself into a top-level networker. Nurture your relationships. Be intentional about building your database.

GRATITUDE, THANK YOU, AND POST-SHOW SERVICE: Be humble and appreciate your guests from immediately (1 to 2 days) after the show. Send them a thank you note personally.

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