Personality Radio Is About Entertainment, Not Content
by Tracy Johnson
One of the pure joys of working with so many radio personalities is when they transform from DJs to true entertainers. It happens over time, but then it kind of sneaks up on you. And then, there they are. Personalities that produce entertainment, not content.
It sounds like semantics, but there’s a remarkable difference when the light comes on and the personality arrives.
Entertainment Not Content
This is a difficult concept for many, if not most, broadcasters. Managers and programmers often don’t understand why one show sounds mechanical or robotic while another sounds loose.
You can hear it in DJ shows that sound like they’re doing little more than executing features. But hear the same features on a personality show and it’s clear that the features are working into the flow of their personality. It’s seamless.
It’s the difference between air talent working a shift and performing a show.
They have the same tools. Essentially the same studios. The same microphones. The same show prep services. What’s Different?
It’s the difference between reading and telling stories. Or reporting information and having conversations. It’s the difference between simply having relevant content and being relatable.
It’s also one of the key points in my seminar/workshop on building a Topic Tree.
Here’s How It Sounds
Here’s an example of the ordinary turning into magic.
Z90/San Diego’s Morton in the Morning show has a daily Trending feature. The show talks about interesting stories in the news. Many shows do it, so it’s not unique content. The difference is when the show hijacks the topic.
Listen to how this segment evolves into a hilarious conversation with Rick Morton, D-Rock, Edina and Producer Tony.
This is one of those moments when you know the show has transformed from likable, well-executing DJs to being personalities performing a show. They’re having a great time together. You can’t help but have fun with them.
Some air talent reading this will think they could do it, if they had the opportunity. Others think they are held back because they are a solo show without partners. Still others think they have this sound already, when they really don’t.
At the end of the day, the transition from DJ to personality is a process that happens over time. It can be accelerated, but not rushed.
Are you interested in finding the personal recipe that unlocks your potential? I will show you exactly how to do it in my online video course, Audience Magnet. It’s an in-depth lifetime career resource for DJs who want to become great personalities on the air. Interested? Watch this free introduction seminar on demand here.
Tracy Johnson specializes in radio talent coaching, radio consulting for programming and promotions and developing digital strategies for brands.