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A program of Five Free Interactive Workshops for interested people, young and adult, are held at various times during the year.  


The workshops will cover

  • Off air preparation for program introduction
  • Off air preparation for program presentation
  • Preparation for in-studio interviews; and
  • Studio phone interviews


Please telephone Jill McLeod on (02) 4842 2626 or email her at or   or email the Station Manager Gordon Waters at with expressions of interest.   


On Air Presentation & Interview Techniques

A Program of Five Interactive Workshops




WEEK 1 Off air preparation for program introduction

• Plan and write station identification words

• Decide on placement of emphasis

• Practice off air reading of station identification

• Plan and write a short but strong self-introduction

• Pre-presentation reading practice

• Write brief description of planned program content

• Analyse program content

• Decide on the important elements of your program

• Decide which elements should be emphasised to maintain listeners’ interest

• Pre-presentation reading practice

• Prepare a mock-up of a public community notice

• Analyse the content of the notice

• Decide on the important elements of the notice

• Gauge strength of voice emphasis on important elements

• Reading practice


WEEK 2 Off air preparation of program presentation—aim to be more than just a DJ

• Prepare program well before radio program time slot

• Divide program into approximate time sections

• Allow for scheduled sponsors’ messages and aim to pre-program before going on air.

• Allow for National News and sponsor (currently Essential Energy)

• Make notes of interest about artist, musicians, scheduled performances, past hits, etc.

• Allow for random messages to go to air—eg funeral notices, scheduled power outages.

• Role play presentation

• Prepare critique. Listen and learn from peer comments


WEEK 3 Preparation for in-studio Interview

• Make note of relevant happenings in the community– eg Australia Day, Anzac Day, school performance, sport occasion, local musician concert etc

• Plan the approach to invite guest to studio to talk about special occasion

• Research history and make notes of event—avoid political comment (policy of 2BRW)

• Research relevant activities of invited guest and record correct name, title, etc.

• Prepare questions to ensure natural conversation and no dead air moments

• Make notes about putting interview to air including time management or CD tracks if a performing artist

• Role play interview


WEEK 4 Prepare for out door flash mic and studio phone interviews

• Preparation prior to interview as required for in-studio interviews

• Information about interviews arranged through management agencies

• Approach guest to make mutually convenient time for outdoor interview or studio interview or adhere strictly to arrangements made with guest’s management if interviewing professional performing artist

• Understanding the use of technology to put phone interview to air.

• Record mock interviews on the flash mic


WEEK 5 Graduation hour on the air

• The Manager of 2BRW has agreed that the participants in the workshops may each have a short time on air to use the skills learnt over the four weeks. The time allocated will depend on the number of participants.

• Preparation of “on air” time must be made in advance to ensure a successful presentation or interview