THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW

In recent times some local presenters [TV and Radio] have come under fire for making their guests uncomfortable by prying into their private lives.

OMAWUMI WALKS OUT OF INTERVIEW

EMEKA IKE WALKS OUT OF INTERVIEW ANGRILY

Easily, some argue that Public Figures or Celebrities lose their rights to privacy once their popularity begins to soar. There are arguments that the public is entitled to every seedy detail of a morbid affair or irreparable vice.

I beg to differ, more because many of these interviews seem designed for the sole purpose of tainting a Celebrity. What it does expose however, is the interviewer’s lack of tact and interviewing skills.

I watched many Larry King interviews growing up and still do [Thank God for DVDs]. I also read about his early beginnings on radio and I do think his views will help the next interviewer with a supposedly “controversial” guest.

Before those, let me ask a few questions:

How much of your guest do you know, besides the malicious gossip on blogs and co.?

Do you conduct  in-depth research about the person you are interviewing so that you can use the knowledge about their life and career to enhance the quality of the interview?

Do you ask open-ended questions, which allow the guest to contribute as much detailed information as they would like and in turn which allows you as an interviewer to follow up with probing questions?

Do you listen attentively to your guest and not ask any questions that your guest has answered in response to a previous question?

To the last question, once an interviewee goes “Like I said before…”, you’ll realise how terrible that makes the interview.

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What is Radio? (Vox-Pop and my inputs) By Funso Akin Adesanya

Funso Akin Adesanya is a respected friend and ally, thorough in his approach to broadcast research and is a highly unsung Radio Producer among many other things. This piece on Radio is as insightful as it can ever be. Continue reading “What is Radio? (Vox-Pop and my inputs) By Funso Akin Adesanya”

WHAT DOES RADIO IMAGING DO FOR A RADIO STATION?

I joined a Radio Imaging and Production Public Group on Facebook. I have had some of the most incredible insights on what this often overlooked key feature, does and is still doing for radio. And then someone had to ask this question. I promised I would collate the best answers and feature them as a blog post for reference purposes on my site.

Enjoy.

Voice Over specialist, Rob Ryan asked:
“In your own opinion, what does radio imaging do for your radio station? Do you ever feel it gets ratings? What’s its purpose in 2016?”

And they answered…

Paul A. Huddleston –  If done correctly, good imaging can give your listeners a feel for the attitude of your station. Bad imaging can confuse listeners. Good imaging also helps build a sense of community, like the listener is part of a club or group that is tied together through the station. There are, IMHO very few stations that inspire the kind of single station devotion that was seen 20-30 years ago, and a really good overall station imaging package can attempt to get that feeling back for the listener.

Blake Keele –  I think you should start your production session with the mind set that you are going to make it as perfect as you are capable of making it……regardless of how much time it takes……with the goal of making your station sound as fucking awesome as you can. The sense of pride that comes from that can’t be bought. Driving down the road and hearing that piece come on between two songs with your radio cranked, and it sounds perfect. That’s the money shot. Damn I miss that shit!

Matt Cundill –  I double as a radio consultant when I am not doing voiceover. Here’s what I tell radio clients. Get a Voice that is great and pay them a lot. That person is on the air after every song or every other song. The voice should have personality and be dynamic and larger than life.

Shawn Tempesta -Television has logos and graphics to make their mark. Imaging is the audio trademark of the station. Much like the logo on the news shouldn’t take over the whole screen, imaging shouldn’t be too long, or stale, for its own good. But when done right, it makes listening to that station unmistakable.
Jeff Jaxon  – Imaging is the face of the station and the clothes, the jewelry, and the accessories that the station wears. The content is the personality.

David Tyler – Radio imaging is the artwork that’s on the box of the radio product. It helps to identify it on a crowded radio dial, in the same way the bright red and white design of a case of coke does at the grocery store.

Matt Cundill – I will further David Tyler’s comments and say that imaging is the best way to brand your product. So hire a great imaging and production person. No longer is music a branding component on the station as everyone has access to all the songs now.
Sam Phelps –  It’s called ‘perception without awareness’, a very real phenomenon. When you walk down the street you see lots of people, but at the end of your trip, if someone asked how many people you crossed and what they looked like, at best you might pick out a couple which really stood out. Just because you can’t remember or describe them, we all know that doesn’t equal no people were seen on your travels… You perceived them, but weren’t aware. Imaging is like this, it’s the perception of the feeling… You don’t hear the difference, you feel the difference.
Geoff Scott –  its ‘the face’ of the station, a friend who says the things that makes them welcome us into their lives, and stand out from the rest of the clutter of the dial. It also, done properly makes it seem like a person is there who cares about you and the community and not just a meaningless playlist of nonsequiteur music. It says ‘yeah we’re professional & personable’ and not ‘yeah we’re a webstream with a stick’

Thinking of joining the family too? just click on: RADIO IMAGING & PRODUCTION

RADIO DIARIES: THE VOICES, THEIR STORIES BY ‘DEBOLA ADEBANJO

So Inspiration FM 92.3’s Debola Adebanjo featured my bloop story in her debut #RadioDiaries and while she wishes her assumptions of what happened that night in the studio were true, I was just blabbing to myself o, thinking I was talking to anyone!!!

Enjoy the read…

Broadcaster – Tony Onwuchekwa

Radio/Code Name – Tony Doe.
@tonydoevo

Tony shares with us a bloop he had on-air not too long ago during his time working daily on radio. (Yeah, he is his own boss now, providing all your radio/audio needs as a bad ass Consultant). Back to the Story.
Tony knew it was important to use headphones in the studio to be well aware of the quality of output to the airwaves and other audio needs in the studio, but he knew how much after one major bloop ➖➖➖➖ ” There are those who swear by the headphones or head cans in the studio and those that do not. I am one of the former and since that rainy night in 2008 – I have sworn by them or the earpiece attached to my phone which acts as a default radio monitoring device. Why? You see, I was having fun on the graveyard shift that night, and thought I had the most awesome 2 minute conversation with the listener without the head can on – only to discover a phone call from the boss later, that there had been dead air. An almost unforgiveable faux pas if the cause isn’t technical! “. ➖➖➖➖➖** Pause!, in Simpler English ** Tony picked a call from a listener, was talking to the girl(can bet my money it was a girl), but no one else heard the conversation probably because a button was off, and the raunchy late night conversation ended up circling in the studio, like a trapped ghost, but he didn’t know ’cause his headphones was not on his head. (OK, That should do) ** Ohh but I am right ** ➖➖➖➖ ” What had happened was that I had pushed up the wrong fader (deck A) while the mic fader was still down.
Lots of coffee and push-ups ensured that never happened again. ” ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖🚫
Hahaha. 🎧 🎧 🎧
Follow Tony on Twitter – @tonydoevo you’d find out more about him, especially if you are looking to get into radio.
He is a radio talent coach in Production and Presentation and a genius, trust me. – ‘Debola

RADIO IMAGING: MY JOURNEY INTO SOUND

“… imaging is the number one-heard thing on a station, after music and jocks. Imaging is your prime branding and audio identification element on the radio station.” Jason Garte, Mix Radio Imaging

It all started like an accident really. Some would say Divine Providence. Continue reading “RADIO IMAGING: MY JOURNEY INTO SOUND”