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Discover the Secrets to Being an Awesome Radio DJ

Get the Insider Guide to Outstanding Radio Presenting Made Easy
Instructor:
Ashley Cowan
515 students enrolled
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Research and source ideas for your shows. Gain prep and planning skills to make your shows sound structured and professional. Learn about writing for radio and how to make your vocal links sound natural. Discover how to operate the mixing desk technically so your shows sound polished and experienced. Understand about correct broadcast levels, so students don't distort and sound amateurish. Learn how to interview guests in a professional manner. Learn about making a demo tape. Understand the importance of media law. And find out where to gain experience after the course.

Now With Free Radio Show Analysis

After completing this course I will analyse one of your one-hour radio shows for free.

When You Broadcast A Radio Show/ Present A Podcast, Do You…

Have a structured plan?

Is your show content engaging and exciting?

Did you structure your show into segments?

Are you using a professional running order?

Did you carefully select and plan your musical/spoken journey?

Do you know how to use the mixing desk? Can you operate it without making any mistakes?

Can you present without sounding monotone and flat?

When you read articles on air, does it sound natural?

Do you know how to start and end your shows professionally?

Don’t Push The Listeners Away
If your show isn’t structured correctly, you’ll be pushing listeners away.

Why? Because your show will sound terrible and who wants to listen to poor broadcasting?

When I began presenting in 1996, my shows were terrible.

Understand This….

Garbage In = Garbage Out

Poorly planned radio shows/podcasts = few listeners.

Once That Listener’s Gone, Say Bye Bye!
As a presenter, you have one chance to grab a listener. If a new listener tunes into a chaotic, technically awful sounding show, trust me, they won’t come back for a second listen.

This Is Where…
You need a reliable guide. If you follow a well-planned system and put effort into your broadcasts, you’re going to get better.

I Finally Decided To Improve
In 1997, I enrolled in a six-month radio production course. I studied hard and then I joined a hospital radio station. At the hospital radio station, I practiced a LOT. I recorded my terrible shows, and I listened back to them. I wanted to know what worked, what didn’t work, and what could be made better.

Working Hard Pays Off….
After practising for a few years, I ended up presenting shows on two FM radio stations (this was when FM was a big thing). For two years, I hosted a radio show to one hundred thousand listeners. On another occasion, I presented a weekend radio show to an audience of twenty thousand listeners.

Then, I Joined The BBC World Service, Radio
In 2002, I became a studio manager for the BBC World Service, Radio. My role was to technically operate radio mixing consoles to audiences of twenty million. I stayed at the BBC for nine years.

Eighteen Years of Radio Experience Created This DJ Course

I’ve now trained over one hundred volunteers in radio presenting and media interviewing face to face. I’ve also taught at five different community radio stations. 

On Discover the Secrets to Being an Awesome Radio DJ
You’ll understand..

How to target your audience.

Present with a purpose.

Use a route map, so you don’t present like an amateur.

Tips to help you source show content.

Discover how to cross subject topics easily.

Learn about the 5 ways of building a bond with your listeners.

Find out about the 13 different elements you can use for your shows.

I’ll tell you about the one mistake all new presenters make.

I’ll show you how to always be 3 steps ahead while live on-air.

You get voice tips to help you sound awesome.

I’ll teach you some different ways of starting your show. I’ll also show you a neat BBC trick to get you ending your show in style.

You’ll learn about forward promoting content.

How to introduce local topics into your shows.

How to find guests and interview them.

I’ll guide you effortlessly through the mixing desk. Everything you play on air will sound professional.

There’s also information on competitions.

IMPORTANT
I’ll show you how to avoid lawsuits against you or your station. You NEED to learn about libel laws. But fear not! You’ll learn this in a relaxed and non-boring way.

I’ll show you the different ways of using jingles and dry voicers. These tips will get you sounding like a pro radio DJ!

The Best Thing About This Radio DJ Course…..
Is lifetime access to me. I even analyse some of your shows and offer you feedback.

Be On-Air in Under Five Hours
To learn this at your local community station would take weeks. With this course, you can study from home. Awesome!

Be The Best You Can Be: Sign Up Now!

Information For Podcasters
While I often refer to the ‘radio presenter/radio station’ in this course, a lot of the information here is also relevant to podcasters. Podcasters also need to know how to target their shows, source content, understand about libel and copyright, be able to interview guests etc. Just to note, this course doesn’t show you how to set up a home studio or what broadcasting equipment you should buy etc. It focuses primarily on the planning, preparing, targeting and presentational side of broadcasting. Podcasters; however, can widen their audience reach by submitting their shows to community radio stations. That’s discussed later on in the course.

This course is 90% video and 10% text based. Each video lesson comes with a PDF download. Lessons are split into small chunks, with each chunk building upon the last.

Course Introduction

1
Before We Start

A brief outline of what the course entails and how to approach studying Discover the Secrets to Being an Awesome Radio DJ. Please make sure you also read the Starting Info PDF as well.

2
Some Things To Think About

Some questions to consider before you start the show that's sitting inside your head. Please also read the Becoming Aware PDF.


Demographics

1
Station and Show Demographics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about targeting the right station for their show and defining their target audience. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

2
Station and Show Demographics Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn more about targeting listeners and how it relates to the types of shows they want to do. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

3
Basic Legal Factors

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we discuss swearing on air and briefly look at libel. Just to warn you that this lesson maybe a bit dry :) Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

General Advice

1
Be Consistent

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we look at keeping your show consistent, using set features, more on demographics, and a little bit on copyright with relation to self broadcasting. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
Basic Show Preparation Advice

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lesson we start to look at what it takes to be a good radio DJ. We also look at why preparation is very important. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

3
The Role of the Radio Presenter

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To understand the basic role of the radio presenter and how it relates to our show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


4
One Person Only

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To understand the importance of presenting our shows to one person and learning how to "paint pictures" with our words. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Writing for Radio

1
Getting Active Baby!

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lesson we look at using our senses when writing presenter links and we also look at the 'active' voice. Warning: This lesson maybe a bit dry :) Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
The Speaking and Writing Voice

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To look at the difference between the speaking and the writing voice and to understand the "padding words" that we need to avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Show Advice

1
Messaging and Local Knowledge

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand the reasons for keeping our presenting personal, advice on getting our message across and ways to avoid "local knowledge". Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
Scripting Our Links

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand why new presenters should script their links first before they present. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

3
Link Checking

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To look more at the process of writing links for radio. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

4
More On Links

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will understand the different types of links we can use and the different ways we can end our links. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

5
Starting A Show

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will understand the different options for opening their shows and will be made aware of some of the common mistakes to avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

6
Menu Clips

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To look at what a menu clip is and how we can use them for our show openings. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

7
Storytelling and the Bullet System

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lecture we look at storytelling and using the bullet system over scripting. We also recap some of the previous points. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on 
this lesson.

8
Using Questions for Our Links

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand how we can use questions to get into a new subject areas and how we can move from one subject area to another subject area. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

9
What Are You Bringing to Your Show Today?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand the different "elements" we can use for our shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

10
The Running Order

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand why it's a great idea to create a running order for your shows.

11
What Can We Say in Between the Music?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn how to source information for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson. There's also a PDF with some extra links to help you prep. This will be continually added too :)

12
Stories

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn why it's good to file away stories, why they should make their links personal, and using listener stories for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

13
Specialized Shows and Show Content

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Here we discuss specialized shows, linking years in history to our stories and using opinions to cross links. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

14
Forward Promoting

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To learn and understand the reasons for forward promoting content. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

15
Contributors and Competitions

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Getting people to contribute to our show and looking at competitions. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

16
Opening, Closing and Saying Goodbye

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

In this lesson we look at speaking over the intro of songs, speaking over the ends of songs and ways to round up our shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

17
Bringing the Local into Our Shows

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn how to link local elements with national topics in order to use them for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


18
Guests Part One

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Here we look at what type of guests we can invite onto our shows and the different ways to interview our guests. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

19
Guests Part Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

More on guests. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


20
Cues

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we look at ways to introduce items on your show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Interviewing Skills

1
Interviewing Techniques

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn about what types of interview questions they should use and what types of interview questions they should avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
Bringing out the Emotions in Personal Interviews

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will understand how to get emotions from their interviewee into their interview. This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Interviews" course. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Production

1
Production Advice

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Advice on how to use jingles and dry voicers during your show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
Making Your Own Show Trail

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn tips and tricks for making their own show trails. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

3
Using the Mixing Desk Part One

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn the basics of mixing desks and the types of desks they may encounter in community radio. This tutorial was made for the presenters of K2K Radio in north London. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

4
Using the Mixing Desk Part Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn how to operate a mixing desks for their show. They will learn how to PFL and set levels for a source using a desk with LED bar meters. All the information to this lecture will be in lecture 40's PDF. This tutorial was made for the presenters of K2K Radio in north London.

5
PPM Meters

A guide to setting levels with PPM meters on the Sonifex S2 broadcasting console.

6
VU Meters

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To learn the correct broadcast levels when using a VU Meter. The notes to this lesson can be found in lecture 40.

7
Audio Levels Recap

A good recap of how to set levels using PPM Meters, VU meters or LED bar meters. Download this PDF and take it with you to the studio.

8
Professional desks vs Non Professional Desks

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To learn the main differences between using a community style desk and a professional broadcast desk. We also look at starting sources automatically, fader starting sources or manually starting sources. There's also a print out on questions about talkback to ask your trainer.

9
Using Non Professional Equipment

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To look at the equipment that many community broadcasters have to use.


10
Key Questions to Ask Your Trainer

Print out this PDF and ask your trainer these key questions when they're training you.

Voice Tips

1
Voice Tips for Presenters One

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn tips for preventing mouth noises and ways to make their sentences come alive. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

2
Voice Tips for Presenters Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make our presenter links sound more natural. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

3
Popping of Doom

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn what "popping" is and ways to avoid popping. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Common Mistakes

1
Common Presenter Mistakes Part One

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make students aware of some of the common mistakes that new presenters make when broadcasting. Notes are included with the next lesson.

2
Common Presenter Mistakes Part Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make students aware of some of the common mistakes that new presenters make when broadcasting. In the download section is a PDF with the 20 most common mistakes.

Media Law: Do Watch This!

1
Broadcast Law: Defamation Part One

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting and the resources to use for advice.

Notes for lectures 48 and 49 are here.

This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Media Interviews" Course.


2
Broadcast Law: Defamation Part Two

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting and the resources to use for advice.

Notes can be found in lecture 49.

This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Media Interviews" Course.

3
Broadcast Law: Copyright

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of copyright when undertaking interviews and broadcasting / publishing interviews. Resources to use for advice.

You Made It!

1
Analaysing Your Show
Some tips and questions to ask yourself when analyzing your show.
2
No Surrender

What to do once this course is finished.

Miscellaneous Material-Tastic

1
Very Basic Comedy Techniques

In this lecture, students are given some basic comedy techniques to help make their written links more entertaining.


2
Other Issues to Consider

Here we look at: Avoiding feedback, basic studio rules, cueing up a record, TBU's, calls to the studios, and phone-ins.

Free Radio Show Analysis

1
Free Show Analysis

All students will get a free one-hour show analysis.

You can view and review the lecture materials indefinitely, like an on-demand channel.
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