As the old saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s no exception when you’re doing a radio show. So here are my 5 tips to help you get ready to broadcast.

Arrive early

I know so many seasoned radio professionals who can get away with strolling in during the xx:57 advert break and having a great show. Unfortunately for you, these kind of jocks are few and far between.

You need to be arriving at least 30 minutes early, sitting down, composing yourself and reading through the news.

Many of your talk breaks could well be inspired by something you see in the news and if you’ve had time to read something properly you will be more likely to articulate it well on-air.

Social Media

If you’re one of those people who refuses to use social media, you’re missing out on a lot of prep for your show.

Much of the news that breaks now, be that showbiz or just interesting stories, comes from social media now. That’s where the national press get their news from, so why not beat them by a day or two and look like the superhero to your listeners?

The best way to catch stuff before it breaks is to look through things like the Trending pages on Twitter and Reddit.

Save Your Content

Sometime you will find so much content you simply cannot fit it all into your show. Happy days, right?

Make sure you set up some kind of notes section on your phone, or a Google Doc, so that you can use bits later.

Alternatively, if you create a decent texter topic, write it down so that in a few months on a gloomy day you can repurpose a great texter with a brand new story to support it.

Keep Up With News

One of the biggest showbiz breakups of 2019 happened between Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth.

The story itself was a flash in the pan headline, but the overall story arch lasted months with follow up stories about the divorce, the home they shared and the various sources coming out with behind the scenes news.

It really, really pays to set aside just 20-30 minutes a day to go through some of the news and keep up with it.

So many stories that break often last a few days and it just isn’t enough to check in on the headlines the morning of your show then step out of the news shphere.

Get A Good Prep Service

Now, I’m slightly biased here because I run a prep service, but hear me out here because I have some valid points.

Having a solid prep service you can rely on can help take the stress off you when on-air so you can focus on what’s happening next.

Many presenters are now required to voicetrack multiple shows for multiple stations and even multiple groups. So when you have such a heavy workload, why not invest in saving yourself some time.

If you’ve never used a prep service, you can now get a 1-month free trial of my CHR-formatted prep sheet HERE.