Overcoming Radio Stage Fright by Sharing the Spotlight
by DelSheree Gladden
First, of all, thank you to Rebecca for having me on her blog today! I wanted to share a little about my recent foray into Radio. Radio is a new, but fun experience for me. Myself and two of my besties, Gail Wagner and Amanda Strong, recently started a Blog Talk Radio Show called “A Special King of Crazy.” It’s been a blast, but we had some initial hiccups that had us and our listeners laughing quite a bit.
I’d only done an internet radio show once before, and Gail and Amanda both had a few other opportunities to be on the radio (like the kind you can listen to in your car, not internet radio), so we were all a little nervous about doing our first show without a more experienced host guiding us. Knowing this, we picked a fun, not-so-serious topic. Top Ten Book Boyfriends. I think this was a good move for us, because it didn’t matter quite as much when we kept interrupting each other and talking over the top of the other person. There’s a delay when we talk, so it’s a little tricky!
When we first started, I was introducing the show, and I jumped in as soon as the “on air” button started blinking at me. Unfortunately, the Blog Talk Radio announcement started playing at the same time. I had to repeat what I’d just said, as I was laughing, and then when I tried to introduce Amanda and Gail, I forgot to give them any time to say hello. Which had us all laughing at ourselves as Amanda tried to say hi but I had already started introducing Gail!
So, it’s was a bit of a rough start, and it took us until our fourth show to remember not to talk through the sponsor announcement. Even during the show, not talking over the other person takes some practice. I think we’re starting to get the hang of it. We’ve also done some more serious topics the last few weeks, which helps us not talk over each, because it’s a little easier to tell when they’re wrapping up their thoughts on something more concrete rather than gushing about our favorite book boyfriends.
So, what tips have we picked up as we try to figure out how to run a radio show? For what they’re worth, here you go…
1. Start off with a relaxed topic that allows for a little silliness and is more forgiving of mistakes.
2. Organize your points you want to discuss ahead of time, but don’t stress about following a script. You can’t when there’s multiple people who all have thoughts on the subject they want to share.
3. Save the serious topics for once you’ve had a little more practice and have worked out the kinks.
4. If you do mess up, laugh about it. Your co-hosts will laugh at you too, but that’s what makes it fun, because they totally understand.
5. Share the spotlight. Even if you plan to do the show solo, invite a friend on to chat with you here and there. It made all of us relax a little knowing we didn’t have to fill the entire thirty minutes on our own. Plus, it’s just fun to have a couple of friends there to help you along.
So, if you’d like to check out our show and laugh along with us, you’ll find us on Blog Talk Radio under “A Special Kind of Crazy.”
We’re on every Tuesday morning at 8 am Mountain Time if you
want to listen in, or give us a call and join the craziness.
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About the Author
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including “Invisible” which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, “Pandora.” The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series.
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