|Posted by RadioJinglesVIP on September 3, 2011 at 2:25 AM|
Radio prepping is one thing that radio DJs, should not left out. Whether you are a pro or a rookie, there is nothing more horrible than being in a situation where you don't know what to say in front of the microphone.
Prepping is more than just getting something soyou can say something.
You need to consider that your content should be fresh, relevant, entertaining, funny and relatable. The way you present the content should also be right. Make it long and you bore your listeners.
The key to getting an exciting radio prep whether you are doing a morning show, afternoon drive or evening prime time, is mix it with live interaction with listeners and use audio clips to accentuate your content.
Also, it is great to pair your radio prep with online content, so you are also leading your listeners to your website, like announcing today's most viewed viral video.
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1. Twitter.com - with millions of people sharing content every day, this is one of the best places to know which topics are great to share on air. The trending topic feature is just found at the middle right section of the dashboard. Here you will list of keywords, names of celebrities or the latest movies being talked about.
2. Birthday Calculator - the website is http://www.paulsadowski.org/BirthDay.asp. It's great because you can ask for your listener's birthday, enter the data, and the site will give you a list of celebrities and known personalities that share the same birthday. Also, if you are a music station, there is also a feature where you get to know what song topped the charts during a particular date. Cool!
3. Today in History - is self explanatory. This is for the geek though. But still useful.
4. Interprep - is one of the most popular paid radio prep service out there, but it also gives you a free trial and free email updates.
5. Google News - this one is loaded with the most recent and most shared news articles on the web and the items are neatly categorized like Technology, Sports, Entertainment, and there is also a Local category.
6. Hark.com - is your destination for sound bites and audio clips. Want to get an audio by Steve Jobs, just search and you will find cool clips to go with the latest Apple gadget news.
7. Viral Video Chart (http://viralvideochart.unrulymedia.com) - aside from photos, videos are among the most shared content, so why shouldn't you. The site lists the top viewed and shared videos on the web.
So there you have it, I am sure there are plenty ways to get content online and share on air. There are also paid services that have already consolidated the items so you don't need to open several sites.
The downside however with paid tools is that it will take a while before fresh content is uploaded. But the decision of course is all yours.
The bottomline, whethere it's free or paid, radio prepping is always a must.
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