Mother’s Day Ideas

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WHEN YOU BLURTED OUT THAT SECRET

SETUP: When were you trusted with a confidence and accidentally betrayed something important?

Julie and Blake at WDBR Springfield discussed Avengers: Endgame and Scarlett Johansson admitting that keeping the ending of the film to herself was stressful. That led to stories from listeners who ruined things.

  • I was with my cousin and accidentally told her that her dad was not her real father. Mom was pretty mad at me.
  • My wife tells me all the gossip around town and she thought I was trustworthy until she realized that I am not really listening and don’t remember what she said.
  • In high school I blurted out in front of my best friend and her boyfriend that she was cheating on him.

Enjoy the segment from Julie and Blake here.

GAME: MOTHER’S DAY MATCH GAME

SETUP: Ask a mom 4-6 basic questions about themselves and their likes/dislikes, then challenge one of their children to predict what mom’s answer’s were.

  • Her favorite song
  • Her favorite food
  • Her favorite movie
  • Her favorite actor
  • What’s her favorite TV show?
  • What was the last movie she saw?
  • What was her biggest present for Christmas?
  • Who did she spend her last overnight away from home with?

GAME: NAME THE TV MOM

SETUP: Play clips of famous mothers from TV shows and challenge listeners to name them.

The syndicated Two Guys Named Chris Showcombined clips of three TV moms into a montage for the game and contestants had to name all three.

The top five TV moms of all time from Ranker.com are: 

  1. Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch
  2. June Cleaver, Leave It To Beaver
  3. Samantha Stevens, Bewitched
  4. Marion Cunningham, Happy Days
  5. Morticia Addams, The Addams Family

Alternate setup: Play the game with clips of movie moms or famous musician moms.

FUN WITH GOLF AUDIO

SETUP: Find out of context clips from golf television coverage that sound dirty, but aren’t.

As you might expect with golf, Woody and Wilcoxfound lots of commentator moments involving balls and holes…

  • “Cooch, I love this hole right here.”
  • “You can look down from high above and see Kim’s balls.”
  • “Trying to fit it in this back hole location.”
  • “He has certainly gone after every hole he’s had a chance to… 69.”

Enjoy the sound of grown men giggling like 10-year-olds at double-entendres in this audio.

THE UNINTENDED RECIPIENT

SETUP: From Studio Think Tank — Tell us about the time you texted, emailed or called the wrong person with the wrong words… or photo.

Rick Rumble at Norfolk’s WNOR writes, “Magic Johnson stepped down from the Lakers after he was accidentally BCC’ed on conversations between the team’s owner and GM — conversations about HIM! We took calls about “The Unintended Recipient.” 

  • A bedroom invitation that went to every member of a woman’s family
  • A naked pic that went to her husband’s Ex (maybe on purpose…ha!)
  • A prank email that went to everybody in the Air Force on the East Coast.

COACHING TIP

IN-STUDIO CAMERAS DONE RIGHT

Most top radio shows now have video cameras in the studios, but too many are not coming off well due to how they use and place the cameras.

Thanks to James Cridland of Podnews for highlighting Video Cameras in Radio Studios by Adam Bowie. This post contains photos of what to do and not do, and a great checklist for your camera setup:
Mount cameras at eye level. Many radio and podcast studio cameras aremounted high so the audience sees the top of your head. Not a good look.

Frame your face in the upper middle of the screen, top of head nearly at the top of the frame. Allow for your body language and hand gestures if possible.

Spend a little money on good lenses. Wide-angle can make your tiny studio look like Today on NBC.

Consider an underarm mic arm. Standard mic arms block the shot for viewers.

Get more great tips on camera placement for your studio from AdamBowie.com.

AUDIO OF THE WEEK

STORIES FROM SEPTEMBER 11

We coach that presenters should insist that every guest interviewee bring stories to highlight whatever they are coming on to speak about. This interview from WBUR’s Here and Now in Boston is an outstanding example.
Journalist Michael Zuckoff just released his book titled Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 and he brought story after story about that fateful day to his interview with host Jeremy Hobson. Examples include the firemen who were evacuating one of the twin towers when they stopped to help an injured woman in a stairwell. Just then, that tower fell around them. If the firefighters had not paused to assist that woman they would have been buried in the rubble.

APP OF THE WEEK

STOP MOTION STUDIO
Have you ever wanted to do animation for social media or your website? This app won’t make Oscar-worthy clips, but it will make fun, rough stop-action movies.

RANDY-ISM

Character promos that feature an entertaining excerpt of show players dramatically speeds up the time it typically takes listeners to become familiar with a character.


UPCOMING DATES

Cinco De Mayo, today
Mother’s Day, May 12
Armed Forces Day, May 18
Memorial Day, May 27
2019 NBA Finals begin, May 30
Morning Show Boot Camp, Chicago, August 8-9
Podcast Movement, Orlando, August 13-16


IN-STUDIO CAMERAS DONE RIGHT

Most top radio shows now have video cameras in the studios, but too many are not coming off well due to how they use and place the cameras.

Thanks to James Cridland of Podnews for highlighting Video Cameras in Radio Studios by Adam Bowie. This post contains photos of what to do and not do, and a great checklist for your camera setup:Mount cameras at eye level. Many radio and podcast studio cameras are mounted high so the audience sees the top of your head. Not a good look.Frame your face in the upper middle of the screen, top of head nearly at the top of the frame. Allow for your body language and hand gestures if possible.Spend a little money on good lenses. Wide-angle can make your tiny studio look like Today on NBC.Consider an underarm mic arm. Standard mic arms block the shot for viewers.Get more great tips on camera placement for your studio from AdamBowie.com.



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