Showprep is an essential aspect of becoming a radio presenter. Even the most professional presenters will need to gather things to talk about throughout their show. The content can make or break a show, so having interesting and engaging topics is essential for a good programme. Here are some tips for showprep.
The things you talk about will depend on the overall type of show or station it is. A good starting point is the weather or stories in the news. Next, sports or showbiz stories can encourage interesting discussions for your show. Buying the day’s newspapers or searching news online can be a good item for a morning show.
From there, you can look into what events are coming up in the subsequent weeks in the local area or county or the country as a whole. It can be easy to find interesting or important events to talk about. Check out social media or even newspapers for a guide.
If the month has a special occasion, you can theme a lot of your content around it. For example, for the month of October, you can discuss Halloween. Find different facts or themed-talking points that will interest your listeners and will get them in the mood for the upcoming holiday.
You can even lookup the date that your show will be live and see if there any obscure holidays or anniversaries to talk about. On This Day in history is a popular feature that makes for some interesting facts.
If your show has music in it, you can also look into On This Day facts in music history. You’ll definitely come across release dates of the greatest albums in history, but also iconic moments from award shows and beyond. Song facts are also a universally interesting item for the show. On a similar note, celebrity birthdays can bring on an interesting discussion. You can even play music by whoever the artist is that’s celebrating their birthday.
Games to provoke texts from listeners can also make for a great item in a show. Every station has its own features, but there are some popular ones that may overlap. For example, playing some songs from a certain year and getting listeners to guess what the year is. This can also be done with movies or news stories. Some stations play songs backwards or play movie scenes and listeners have to guess what it is.
Pre-recorded or live interviews can provide some great material for your show. Having a live interview, either by phone or in-studio, not only makes for a good feature on the show, but also can encourage listeners to text in or Tweet about it. This is a great showprep that will get people engaging with your programme.
Another way to find things to talk about in your show is to check out recently published statistics and pick a particularly shocking or interesting one. This can encourage a great discussion between co-hosts, guests or listeners. You can even get listeners to text in what they think the percentage is.