Re: Radio Appearance
- From: GILD <GILD@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 04:01:53 -0600
Thanx for the heads-up John.
paul royle wrote:
> Any tips for appearing on radio and not making a fool of yourself?
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.
You can't ask the presenter to send you the list of questions (and
you'd be surprised at the amount of people who try...) but you can
prepare yourself for the basics. I'll get back to this in a mo.
Some technical bits.
Wear the headphones and make sure they're adjusted to a comfortable
level so you can clearly hear the host and clearly hear your own
Find out how long the insert is going to be. If you're in for a 5
minute chat, that's an entirely different ballgame to preparing for a
30 minute interview.
Keep eye-contact with the presenter so you can tell when he wants you
to wrap up an answer. If you get a chance to listen to the show ahead
of time, or even just the bit before you go on, you'll get an idea of
the 'pace' of the presenter. If you can get into sync, it'll make for a
Make clear and concise notes so you can check details. If you want to
mention the german silent movie 'Variete'
(http://www.mpch-mainz.mpg.de/~sander/uni/faq.html#2) when you're asked
about the history of Unihoki, ok ok just for today...unicycle hockey,
make sure you make a note of it else you might forget the name of the
movie at the most inopportune moment and sound like an idiot.
Also make a note of the presenter's name and write that on your notes.
For bands going in for interviews I normally recommend wearing name
badges. It sounds frightfully naff but it can and does happen that a
presenter forgets a name and nothing makes you sound like a nobody
quite as much as a radio presenter forgetting your name in the middle
of an interview. Since you'll be on your own (?) it probably isn't that
much of an issue.
But it can't hurt.
Accept that a microphone is not a sound conveying device, it's a
gateway to another strange little world where the most arrogant of
idiots become, and sound like, whimpering idiots and the most
soft-spoken people come over as very personable and approachable.
You will feel slightly nervous, that's natural. Just chill and have a
You're only ever talking to one person at a time. Please [personal
bugbear warning] do not use phrases like 'you people', 'all the people
out there' or 'listener*s*'.
If you want me to explain why, shout.
But relax. It's not an exam, it's an opportunity to chat about
something you know as much about as most and something you really enjoy
Make sure you have a smile on your face while you're talking. Practise
forcing yourself to smile. You sound much friendlier when you do. This
is important in radio. Take a pocket mirror so you can make sure you're
smiling all the time. (I'm serious.)
Onto some of the question you might be asked.
You're likely to get a general attitude (at first) along the lines of
'Why play hockey on a unicycle?', 'Are you crazy?' or 'Are you out of
This won't be meant in an insulting way, just take a step back and
realise that to non-unicyclists, playing hockey on a uni -is- an
extremely weird thing to do.
Handle it with grace, smiles and 'because we can' or 'because it's a
lot of fun'.
Then work in some of the technical stuff. The fact that there are
international rules will help people realise that alltho it's decidedly
odd, it is a legitimate sport.
Once you've crossed that little hurdle, the rest will be a cakewalk.
Expect 'bread-and-butter' questions like
How did it start?
Where did it start?
When did it start?
Who started it?
(Yeah, it's pretty much the 5Ws)
Where do you play?
Play with all these questions in your head and start figuring out some
answers so you have some idea of what you'll want to say.
Most importantly, relax and have fun.
I'm looking forward to some of the other radio people on the fora to
chime in here as well.
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