Thursday, March 19, 2009

How To Prepare For a Radio Show

Last year I started up the Blog Talk Radio show, Introducing WRITERS! I have had some guests who were old hands at radio and didn’t have a nerve problem at all. Then again, I have had newbies who were so nervous they couldn’t even make the show. This made me think maybe I could do a post on some things to prepare for this particular promotion opportunity.

One thing to remember, the more prepared the host is, the better your show will go. I always ask the guest to send me their author name, title, publisher, and a little blurb so that I can effectively introduce them on the show. In May, I will begin requesting the book, also. I figure that is probably one of the most important things I can do for my guest, is to read what they have written. We can have great interesting conversations about situations in the book when we both know about them.

Also, an online show is so easy breezy. You just call into a number and chat with the host(ess). It’s like sitting chatting with a friend on the phone. You can do it in your jammies if you want to. How fun is that?

My guests have said that I am a very good hostess and easy to talk to. That is important! I would not be comfortable if my guest was sitting in dead air waiting on me to keep the conversation going. It is a lot of give and take, and both parties should be actively involved. Come to the table prepared to tell the best parts about the writing life, and your work in specific. You never know who is listening!

I hope this has helped you prepare for a show. Now I hope you will contact me about being on mine! My stats are awesome, with over 2000 profile views, and over 1300 listens by fans and friends. The future is looking quite bright and we are having a ball over at Blog Talk Radio. Come and be a part of it!

Go here for the Official Introducing WRITERS! webpage and the show site page is here: BTR SITE
Come and be a part of it!


s.w. vaughn said...

Ah, Kim, you make it sound so easy! I'd be one of those newbies who would panic just before I was supposed to start and probably cancel. LOL

In seriousness, I've done exactly two radio spots - and though the first was terrifying and I babbled incoherently, the second was reasonably all right. But it was so long ago, I'm afraid if I tried it again I'd be right back at incoherent babbling...

Perhaps in June, when my book is released, I'll have the guts to ask for an interview with you. :-)

I'm so glad the show is going well!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I get to be on Kim's radio show tomorrow, Friday the 20th.

I'm going to have to check about the time since we've switched to daylight saving's time.

Was on once before and it was great fun.