Category: OnAirBlog

Competitiveness.

We live in a competitive society. In order for you to succeed, someone has to fail. If you apply for a job and twenty other people also apply for the same job, then it makes sense that twenty will be unsuccessful. What happens when you are one of the twenty? What happens when you are …

Keep Doing This If You Want To Work In Radio.

If you have:* Taken a Radio Course.* Sent out Demos and CVs.* Made contact with a few PDs. And you still don’t have a job in radio.> It’s not because you are no good.> It’s because you stopped there. You need to keep going…and then keep going…and then keep going…until you get the job.When you …

Can You Take a Break?

It’s OK to take a break for a while.If you are looking for radio work and feel burned out by the search…it’s OK to stop. Take a break. Breathe. Look after yourself.Do something that will make you feel good. The right opportunity will turn up but you can only take it if you are in …

How Much Does The Job Pay?

“It shouldn’t be about the money”. That’s a phrase we heard a lot in the past. Maybe it’s been said to you. In fact, it was so entrenched in radio’s psyche that we, as presenters, were afraid to ask “How much does the job pay?” in case asking the question was used against us.  As if radio …

Radio Age Gap.

Reading an article titled “What’s The Best Age Gap in a Relationship?” got us thinking about…radio (of course!!). The general consensus is that a three to seven year age gap is considered best.  Taking all of the reasons out of the equation for the moment (reproduction, socio-economic) and looking at the bare fact…we wondered if …

Why New York Radio Underwhlemed us.

When I was a kid, radio in the US was pretty much the holy grail when it came to broadcasting. Z100, KISS FM, Y100, WNEW, TIC-FM…they all sounded amazing. We drooled over the Rick Dees American Top 40 and thought there was no one quite like Casey Kasem. If you happened to be lucky enough to travel to the …

GET HIRED!

Over the past week, we have helped radio stations in Ireland, the UK and Canada find people to fill vacant jobs. They came to us because they can’t find the right people! Can you BELIEVE that??? Radio stations can’t find decent presenters and decent presenters say they can’t find radio stations!There’s a problem in communications …

Who is making headlines this week?

One show: Kyle & Jackie O.Why? What do they do?* They prep. * They have chemistry with eachother and their listener. * They market themselves on and off air. * They ‘look’ the part. * They are focussed. Each link, each show, each week is laser-like. They open the mic and know exactly what they want and how to …

Be Like James Brown.

Monday morning arrived and I opened up the laptop for the first time since Friday evening. There were emails and messages and links to deal with. No problem! Two days of unwinding meant I am in a great position to take on the new week. There was a time (up until mid-2020) when we worked …

Food Glorious Food!!

Listening to breakfast shows in London and Melbourne yesterday.  Want to know one thing that really worked? When the presenters spoke about food!! Food? You bet. One show ran a piece on how to eat chicken wings properly The other show debated doughnuts. Easy, right? Welllll…yes and no. It’s a simple topic but the simple ones …

ITALIAN RADIO – WOW!

Based in Malta, we have a great chance to listen to FM radio from here…and Italy. The FM signals from Sicily blast across the water and into our kitchen radio…and it’s really interesting to scan the dial.  This week we were tuned in for the most part to networked Radio 105 (Radio Cento Cinque) and it’s an …

YOUR PERCEPTION OF ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS

By Tracey Lee JUDGEMENT-  People will always judge. We judge ourselves.. we are our worst critics.   We automatically and unknowingly form impressions and conclusions of ever single person we meet, every day of our lives , based on minimal information, some people we haven’t even met, which can often lead to biased or stereotyped perceptions. …

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms.”

By Tracey Lee One thing I’ve been taught from an early age is to stay on your own path. It’s the best piece of advice I can give. Once you let go, it’s total freedom to be who you want to be. It’s ok to glance over and admire or be inspired by others paths, …

Bit/Format.

I love simple actions that mean a lot. Jack 96.9 in Calgary bringing hourly updates to its listeners is a great example. My mentor, Bill Cunningham, always said: “If the bit outweighs the format…then go for it”. I think, these days, the ‘bit’ most definitely outweighs the format!!

TRUST RADIO

13th March 2020 “YOU ARE TRUSTED” One strength you have, as a presenter on a radio station, is trust.More than TV and more than anything found on the internet. A survey commissioned by iHeart Media in the US showed that radio is 81% more trustworthy than cable TV and 27% more trustworthy than network TV. “Research …

Home-Work?

If you work from home or are being asked to due to Corona Virus…here are a few things to think about. 1. Don’t stay in bed. It’s tempting to lie-in but bad for your head-space. Get up at your usual time, eat breakfast, get washed and dressed as usual. The only bonus is – no …

Respect.

It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get up. You’ve probably heard that said before…and this week is showing us how true that is. Over the past 12 months, we have seen many great radio people ‘let go’ from their jobs. Full-time jobs that helped create a home, a career and friendships. Some of …

Camarderie

By Tracey Lee 4 March 2019 Last week’s news that the Global entourage are sweeping in, making changes and closing 10 radio studios out of 24, which would result in a lot of staff being let go came as a real shock for a large number of Radio Presenters in the UK. Who could be affected?  Another …

Gotta Be Cruel To Be Kind

By Tracey Lee Sometimes a PD has just got to be plain right brutally bloody honest!! You’ve  got someone on air, you see they have potential…If ONLY!! If ONLY they….yeah…“But how do I say it to them!!” Ok, you got the job as PD – this is your chance to make that person shine! You …

‘Radio – It’s All About Person-ality’​

By Tracey Lee Heard a statement from a CEO recently; “Radio is all about the Ratings”. Is this the mindset for the future of radio? I hope not! Do you remember those guys and girls who went off out to sea just to be DJs and play good music for their listeners? They made history! …

Competitiveness

By Nails Mahoney We live in a competitive society. In order for you to succeed, someone has to fail. If you apply for a job and twenty other people also apply for the same job, then it makes sense that twenty will be unsuccessful. What happens when you are one of the twenty? What happens …

“I Don’t Get Any Respect – Do You?”

By Nails Mahoney Comedian Rodney Dangerfield was well known for that catchphrase. When he told jokes about how badly his life was going, he would follow them up with that line to summarise how he felt. As a radio person, have you ever felt something similar? Musicians, artists, comedians, actors, dentists, pilots, lawyers…they all gain …