What every radio talent needs

There’s something that every radio talent needs, especially those successful enough to earn the big numbers. In fact, the more successful they are, the more they need it. It’s a whispering slave. First, a quick history lesson: In ancient Rome there was a very special tribute that was accorded to a victorious general. It was…

Unlocking talent: delicate and dangerous

Most of the times I have been called in to work with on-air talent, it’s been because their PD (Programme Director) didn’t know what what was wrong. Actually they did, they just didn’t have a word for it. I have found that the biggest challenge for radio station PDs is finding the time to do what…

The case for more talk in music programming

I am constantly intrigued by the prevalence of music formats in radio stations. I am well-aware of the secrets behind their popularity, but I also know they’re built upon an outdated, and increasingly flimsy, premise. I spent over 25 years in radio, most of it in a state of constant anxiety; the reason for this is that I had burned into my…

Time to get out of radio

One of the greatest obstacles to the reinvigoration of radio is the continued presence of some of the people already in it. They are preventing new blood coming in. They are people who don’t deserve to be on air because they can’t command both of the attitude criteria required to constantly provide a truly successful…

On-air? Then you’re the boss.

Presenting a radio show involves being the temporary commander of space. It all sounds very Star Trek, but the reality is that as the host of a radio show, when you’re on air, you command control over a position way beyond your remuneration package. This demands a resolute respect for studio protocol and etiquette. The…

Walking the line – not being an asshole

When people dismiss the work of on-air talent as just talking on the radio I want to headbutt them, because they actually have no idea of just how difficult it is to do really well. The reality is that truly successful radio people have to continually balance different elements of their personalities. They continually walk a…

Finding a competitive advantage

It’s quite ironic that in an industry well known for creating individuals who relish being in the public eye, those same people are often reluctant to take an honest look at themselves. One question I regularly ask of on-air professionals is possibly one of the most uncomfortable they will ever face: “What is it that…

Never piss off the news team

Unless you intend running a radio station on your own featuring you, and only you doing everything; know this: if you want to elevate yourself above any stereotypical loud mouth, self-obsessed radio ‘personality’ with all the depth and character of a murky rain puddle, you must work well with those around you. You must create…

Refreshing Breakfast Radio 1.2

Traditionally, leading Breakfast Shows around the world would feature a team of talent led by a high profile host, usually well-experienced in the business and craft of impactful radio. The host’s responsibility was to enable and empower the team around him or her with the sole aim of bringing out the best in each of…

Refreshing Breakfast Radio 1.1

If I had 10c for every radio person who had asked me what are the secrets to longevity in Breakfast Radio, I would’ve had enough money to buy my own radio station and open up a can of whip-ass. After all radio in South Africa risks becoming hyper-formatted and boring. After over 25 years of…