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ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT DIVORCE?

SETUP: Tomorrow’s break-up is being planned today. Ask listeners,”Is anyone out there thinking about getting divorced?”

Frosty, Heidi and Frank at KLOS were discussing romance, marriage and fate when Frosty invited Los Angeles listeners to join the show with disguised voices and changed names to share why they might be calling a lawyer soon.

  • He cheated with my best friend under my nose for years. I caught them in the act, yet he still won’t admit it!
     
  • I went on a guy’s trip to Lake Havasu. After a weekend away, I realized that I would be happier without her.

Listen to the segment from Frosty, Heidi and Frank here.

GAME: SPILL YOUR GUTS OR FILL YOUR GUTS

SETUP: Instead of a conventional interview, challenge celebrity guests to choose between answering personal questions or eating gross food.

James Cordon on CBS TV’s Late Late Show sat with Halle Berry and Anjelica Houston and asked them to choose between questions like, “where is the naughtiest place you ever did the deed” or eating bull penis. (Anjelica chose the penis.)

Watch the clip from Hollywood Reporter here and consider how this game might be adapted for radio or podcast.

WORST WAY TO GET DUMPED

SETUP: From Studio Think Tank — Break ups are hard, but how the split happens can make it feel worse. Ask listeners to tell about their breakups.

Dave Ryan of KDWB Minneapolis writes, “We had a woman on today who said she was dumped by her boyfriend on Facetime while he drove in to work. There wasn’t even any eye contact!”

Tell us about the worst way you got dumped.

  • Husband texted his wife from the closet to tell her he wanted a divorce. He didn’t like confrontations.
     
  • Post it on one her windshield asking for a divorce.

TEXT THE TRUTH

SETUP: Start an on-air confessional by text message. Keep the responses anonymous and balance heavy and light stories.

Christian network Air1’s Shaef and Lee take turns reading listener text confessions on their afternoon show.

  • “I didn’t take my kid to school today because I wanted to sleep in!” 
     
  • “Going through revolving doors seriously freaks me out. I am not Buddy the elf!
     
  • “I’m tired of the pressure to be a perfect Christian.”

COACHING TIP

THE RIGHT WAY TO GIVE FEEDBACK

If you are an on-air personality, podcaster, or manager you will inevitably wind up giving feedback to:

  • Cohosts
  • Producers
  • Interns
  • Web/digital staff
  • Photographers/videographers
  • Phone screeners
  • Promotions team
  • Sales reps

Most people do not know how to give feedback at work. According to a study by Gallup, only 26% of feedback is considered valuable. How can you avoid being part of the 74% who suck at feedback?

According to Feedback Is Not Enough by Ben Wigart and Nate Dvorak, you might consider not giving feedback. Instead, have dialogue.

The most valued and productive conversations are a two-way conversation focused on the future. Talking about what happened in the past is usually a waste of everyone’s time.

Read the article from Gallup and consider what happened in feedback conversations that really helped you and how you can learn from and emulate those encounters.

AUDIO OF THE WEEK

GIVE 8TH GRADERS THE MIC!

Challenged with the task of creating a podcast, these 8th-graders did one asking questions about taboo subjects. They named the podcast, “SHHHH…” 

And by taboo, we mean these 8th graders went there! One episode asked, why is a girl’s period such a freak out for everyone — teachers, students and parents — when it is a natural body function?

Listen to this this audio from NPR and consider what might happen if you give young people in your market some airtime.

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RANDY-ISM

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