There are many talk radio shows and podcasts looking for good content. Call or e-mail the producer of the show, tell them your story, and let them know you are available for an interview. Be on the lookout for radio stations that charge you for being on. These are generally NOT the ones you want to be on.
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Podcasts are like radio on demand that is Internet-based.
Identify the podcast you want to be on, locate the podcast website, then look for the contact form or e-mail address of the producer/host.
Create a pitch that you will send by e-mail with the purpose of selling you, as the author. Focus on their wants: an interesting guest, high ratings, and an expanded audience.
In the e-mail, include about 5–6 possible talking points, your radio experience (and links if possible), what makes you an expert on the topic, and your contact information.
Use Skype (free software) for interviews rather than phones when possible.
Get yourself a good headset / microphone. Best choice: XLR microphone with earphones. Good choice: USB headset (combined mic and headphones). Okay choice: 1/4 or 1/8" head seat
Be sure to send a thank you message to the producer after the interview.
Post your interview on your social networks and/or your website.
Bookmark or get on the e-mail list for http://www.radioguestlist.com
. This is a great service that sends daily e-mails of shows looking for experts. You can also check their blog daily if you don't want e-mail with advertising in it. It is a free service, so the ads they send along with their information is fair.
This assignment is for students with the instructor-evaluated course option.
Write a generic "pitch" that you can use to send to producers with the goal of being a guest on their show. Here are some things to think about when writing your pitch.
Why are you a good fit?
Why are you interesting?
Do you have experience with interviews?
How will you help promote their show or podcast?
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