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Post by djrick2041 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:31 am

I am a little over a month into a new job at a decent sized country station. Prior to this it has been nearly 10 years since I've been on the air and I am extremely rusty.

I am trying to find ways to engage the listeners without overstepping the boundaries of my show. (I am a part timer/weekends)

I rally need help finding questions that are proven to engage listeners. I have been out of the game for so long...I am having trouble going from the "What I want" stage to the actual "implementation" stage.

Please help. What questions have engaged your listeners. What things have you done to bring your station to the next level? I could really use some help here.

All responses are appreciated.


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Re: In SERIOUS NEED of Help.

Post by nascarholly » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:34 pm

I don't work at a station, but me being the country music fan that I am, I listen to several stations on my radio. I love when little things about the singers are shared before and after they are played like what they are currently up to for example. Acknowledging what is front and center in the news is always good. Just be yourself and go from there and good luck with your new job. :) :) :)

God bless you always!!! :) :) :)

Listen to my most favorite singer here sometime, James Otto! (big smile)

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Re: In SERIOUS NEED of Help.

Post by cuddzu » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:42 am

1. What did you do last week that you think your listener might find interesting to hear about, tell a story.
2. Do you remember the first time you heard a song you are playing, or see the act live? Tell the story.
3. Relate something about your market to your listener, favorite restaurant, favorite yearly event, tell a story.
4. When someone calls in for a song request, (IF you get a call at all), just chat with them for a bit, engage them on the call and ask about them, people love to talk about themselves, take what is interesting in the call, edit, edit, edit and turn it into a bit (a story) on the next break!

Tell a story, story always wins, real always win. Holly is right, just be yourself.
Forget surveys, questions, and the like. That type of thinking is dead and gets you nowhere. Be more than a poll or a question, that is Facebook, be Twitter and tell a story.

You live there, let the listener in on your life a bit. I did a break where I came out of a song about to go into a stopset and simply said "Man do I have a Root Beer craving right now". I got phones for a solid 30 minutes about who had the best Root Beer in town and it led to two listeners bringing me one from one of the spots. Instead of asking "Who has the best Root Beer in town/" BORING! Go at it from a three dimensional angle and be the show, you are doing a show and not a shift right?


Go get 'em!

You might have only one time slot a week, but make it the best it can be each and every time you are in the studio! Live life on the air.
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