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How to Overcome Radio Stage Fright

I have worked in radio for many years so feel I’m ideally placed to answer this question. Radio can be the most nerve wracking experience of your life especially if it is a telephone interview or you are sitting on a separate studio well away from the radio personality interviewing you. Radio is a funny business. You have no audience to play off and you can hear your own voice in your headphones. This alone can be a very disconcerting experience for some. So, as with most things with the media, practice makes perfect.

First of all, do you think that all radio announcers speak the same away from the microphone? The answer to that is no. Generally they have a radio voice that has been well honed and well-practised over the years. They know the rhythm of their voice. So before going on any radio program I suggest the following. Buy a microphone, by some good headphones and practice like crazy. Get friends and family to ask you all manner of questions and answer them calmly and succinctly. Remember no one is an overnight radio star. It takes many years of practice to become a conduit for your thoughts and ideas in a credible and entertaining manner.

No radio station expects a first-time author to be across all the skills required to be a media personality. But here are some of the tricks that I use before going on air.

  • Practice and perform some vocal exercises before you go on.
  • Try and get your questions in advance if possible.
  • Try and get them to prerecord the program and vet the content before it goes to air.
  • If the interview is live try to take a deep breath and gather your thoughts before answering a question.
  • Don’t panic.
  • Be prepared.
  • Stay on track.
  • Don’t be stressed
King of Sunday Morning

The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.

Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life.

But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.

Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong.

“I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”


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Genre – Thriller, Action, Suspense, Gangster, Crime, Music
Rating – PG-18
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