Posts tagged “Radio

Industry Tips & Advice: How to start a career in radio and get music on the radio

LWO Magazine presents 102 JAMZ radio personality Shelly Flash. Take a look at this interview if you want a career in radio or want to know how to get you music on-air.

Industry Tips & Advice: Music Industry A-Z Part: DJ & Mixtapes

Music Industry A-Z “How To” Documentary produced by MDE directed by Sean Crawford. Starring Swizz Beatz, Sean Paul, Fat Joe, Pitbull, Juelz Santana, Cool n Dre, Chris Lighty, Slim Thug, DJ Drama, DJ Camilo, Jadakiss, NORE, James Cruz, Nina Sky, Rupee, Memphis Bleek, Angie Martinez, Killer Mike and many more appear in this “How To” break into the music business documentary.

Industry Tips & Advice: How to Become a DJ at a Club – Important First Lessons by John Newcomb

DJing is a difficult industry to break into. You may know all the technical aspects of DJing and may even be able to teach others how to become a DJ, but success may still elude you because of the tough competition.

The first thing you need to know is that unless you are phenomenally talented, it will take a long time to get a well paying gig at a good club. You will initially have to begin by freelancing. Freelance DJs are at the very bottom of the DJ industry and do face certain scorn from professionals. The irony is that even the professionals started out as freelancers.

Freelance DJs can usually be found playing at weddings, birthday parties, and small, local events such as school dances. I know this sounds like DJ hell, but this is a very important stage for a DJ – it teaches you how to play music for a very diverse crowd. More importantly, small gigs like these help you pick up the nuances of DJing – charisma, gauging the mood of the crowd, etc. while still getting some all important practice.

These gigs are also good for networking. As any professional DJ will tell you, DJing is a lot about knowing the right people. Try to get to know people whereever you are playing, even if its a wedding. Who knows you may just catch the eye of the right person and land yourself a good gig at a club.

The night club scene is, of course, where all the action is. Before you graduate to this level, you would have hopefully played in smaller gigs several times and have a firm grip on the technical as well as non-technical aspects of DJing. Night club gigs are often make-or-break opportunities (unless you happen to know the owner of the club, of course), and all your experience will come handy at moments like these.

The most important thing for a good DJ is to have a style that is unique to him. This can only be created through extensive practice. At the night club level, having your own unique sound will help set you apart from the others and hopefully open up doors for even more lucrative gigs.

Moral of the story: as a DJ, you should never shirk from any sort of gig, no matter how small it may be. The best DJs started out playing at weddings and school dances. These are valuable practice grounds and you should take up these opportunities whenever you get them.



Industry Tips & Advice: What Is Needed to Become a Radio Personality? by Keith Evans

Radio personalities seem to have a dream job; they get paid to talk, exhibit their best one-liners and witty banter, and always seem to have fun. Becoming an on-air personality is serious business, though, and some basic skills are required simply to land an interview.

A Good Radio Voice
A good radio voice is not too deep or too high, and generally free of regional inflections (accents), except in specific radio genres or local broadcasts. A radio personality should always properly enunciate words.
A Sharp Mind
Radio personalities are renowned for their sharp wit and ability to quickly respond to subtle cues. These traits are not inherent to all individuals, and a very sharp mind is required to keep up with on-air requirements.
The Ability to Censor
Radio personalities must refrain from vulgarities, profanity and even seemingly subtle allusions to comply with federal broadcast regulations. Not only does a radio personality have to know the rules, he must have the self-discipline to follow them.
The Ability to Read with Emphasis
Radio personalities frequently read news bulletins, advertising copy and scripts on air, but always sound as if they are speaking off the top of the head. An ability to read copy while sounding natural and spontaneous is a hallmark of a successful radio personality.
Familiarity with the Industry
Many popular and famous radio personalities started as unpaid interns, working for free, simply to gain an understanding of the industry. Serious potential personalities must be willing to enter the industry through whatever means necessary.



Industry Tips & Advice: Basic Radio Interviewing Skills by Robert Preston

Interviewing another person as part of a radio broadcast can be an intimidating assignment for somebody without experience in interviews or in radio broadcasting. To get the most out of your interview, enter the interview prepared, with knowledge of your subject and what you hope to get them to discuss.

Proper research on the individual you will be interviewing is essential in having a successful interview. If you don’t know who your subject is or why he or she is important, you won’t know what to ask them. If you don’t know his or her past statements and actions, you are more likely to be caught off-guard by an answer given, which can lead to hesitation and awkward pauses in an interview and can make planning the path of your interview difficult. Find past interviews, and attempt to glean new information from the subject which they have not been asked about. If the individual being interviewed is on a press junket, for example, you will have to ask the standard questions to get information on what they are promoting; however, you should also try to ask unique questions and explore avenues prior interviews have not.

Preparing a desired path for your interview enables you to keep the interview on course. The level of detail you use is up to you and can change from interview to interview based on whether your interview is flexible, with a general goal of an entertaining segment, or you are specifically focusing on addressing a set of issues. You can list the questions you wish to ask the individual if you are looking to remain regimented, or you can simply write notes of the key areas you wish to cover. Pay careful attention to the amount of time you will have to conduct your interview. Unlike an interview for a written article, you will likely have a set segment length that you must fill, and must have enough questions to do so, but you also do not want to run out of time without getting to important questions.

Practice asking the questions of the interview if you are unsure. This is particularly useful for individuals who are inexperienced with interviews, as it enables them to grow comfortable phrasing questions in easy-to-understand ways. Practicing your questions beforehand, based on the notes you have prepared will prevent you from potentially forgetting what your notes mean during the interview, which is potentially disastrous. If possible, practice using the equipment that will be worn during your interview. Entering an interview without having used the headgear your radio booth will utilize can leave you ill-prepared for your interview. If your producer will communicate to you throughout the interview, practice holding the conversation of the interview while also listening to and following your producer.

Staying Flexible
While a set goal for an interview is important, unless you are working under a very strict time constraint for which your allotted questions just barely fit, do not hold yourself to completely following your plans. If an interviewee provides an intriguing response to a question, follow through on it and attempt to gain further information. If they tell the start of an interesting piece of information, encourage them to go on. You can always return to your planned questions; however, it can be difficult to return to an avenue opened by an interviewee once it is closed.




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