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Essential Radio Skills: How to Present and Produce a Radio Show (Professional Media Practice) [Paperback]

Peter Stewart
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23 Oct 2006 Professional Media Practice
This is a practical, how-to guide to producing and presenting radio to a professional standard. Packed with day-to-day advice that captures the essence and buzz of live broadcasting; from preparing your show before it goes out, last minute changes to running orders, deciding what to drop in over a track, how to sell a feature or promote a programme, setting up competitions, thinking fast in a phone in- this book will help you do all that and more. It covers network and commercial, music and talk radio skills. It will particularly suit the independent local or community radio sector, where people often start out. It features advice from industry professionals, covers industry-wide best practice with enough 'need-to-know' technical information to get you up and running, and distills tried and tested practical tips from a specialist BBC radio trainer, and award-winning radio broadcaster with over 15 years of experience. A handbook you wouldn't want to be without before you go on air.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (23 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713679131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713679137
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A practical, how-to guide to all aspects of presenting a show.' --Publishing News (21st July 2006)

'The best, most comprehensive and yet most down to earth book on any area of media I have seen for years. Even better than that it communicates a huge enthusiasm for radio - if I was a TV person i'd be chucking away my camera by chapter three! I rarely if ever say this about a book, fiction or non-fiction, but I quite simply COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!' 'Bang up to date [and] packed full of good, practical advice As well as containing a wealth of information, advice and ideas, Peter's conversational style means it isn't heavy going and is the sort of book you can not only read from cover to cover but also dip into for particular chapters and topics as required.' --John Byrne, The Stage

About the Author

Peter Stewart is a BBC Radio trainer, lecturer on university media courses, co-author of Basic Radio Journalism, columnist for The Radio Magazine and has over 15 years of practical experience in radio broadcasting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential is putting it mildly 6 Jan 2007
As the careers advisor for The Stage Newspaper and also a regular broadcaster, I see a lot of how to books-I've also written a couple. This is book is quite simply not just one of the most comprehensive and essential books on radio i have ever come across, it is one of the best how to books on any subject. If you are serious about a career in radio and you don't have this book you are really missing out on something very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Not as much on the production side as I expected - seems to be geared towards those who want to learn about DJs and how the music type shows are presented. Not much use for factual or documentary programs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Radio 18 Sep 2008
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If your religious you follow the Bible.
If you want to get involved and learn everything about Radio..This is your bible.

I've read this book back to front and often refer back to it when I need to know anything. The author explains everything in simple terms and it will improve your radio skills if your new to Radio or been involved for a while.

From getting the Job in the first place right through to the interview and then your first day..Show Prep,Teasing and Trailing,what to say and not to is as it says Essential.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nuts and Bolts Primer - worth a read 14 Oct 2009
This is the Haynes Manual of radio.

Nuts and Bolts. What happens where, when and why. All of it laid bare in front of you. Do as this book says and you will have the basic skills.

Want to know why Chris Evans sounds good and your mates Podcast doesn't? - Buy the book.

It is, however, mechanical. It won't give you any spark or colour. It won't make you one of the greats. Followed slavishly it may even make you dull.

This is the rule book. Read it, re-read it then throw it away - or you'll end up on Heart earning less than a van driver.

Recommended, but not on its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an essential book! 6 Nov 2006
I bought another book co-written by Peter Stewart (Basic Radio Journalism) which is also fantastic, so was eagerly awaiting this book being delivered through the post.

And I wasn't let down. The book is fantastic. Anything and everything you want to know about presenting and producing radio in the UK. Lots of the BBC as well as commercial radio stations, as well as lots of up-to-date stuff about digital radio, online streaming and podcasting.

If you're thinking about getting into radio, this book is perfect. It explains everything in such an interesting, matter-of-fact and uncomplicated manner - but the enthusiasm of the author for the medium is infectious and clearly translates through the pages.

You will be surprised when you buy this that someone in the industry is willing to give away so many trade secrets, tips and advice and not wanting to restrict them to highly paid courses or speaking events.

The book covers everything including the structure and makeup of UK radio, what the different people do at radio stations, the different types of programmes and music scheduling, show prep and getting guests, basic interviewing, competitions, links, teasing and trailing, 'phone-ins, OBs and zoos (and just in case you have no idea what an ob or zoo or PRS, out-cues, ENPS or stings mean, there is a fantastic glossary at the back of the book) and lots more. I'm really interested in the 'How to Talk' chapter and Appendix 4 'How to learn the most, the fastest, when you move to a new station' for prep for job interviews.

I wish I had this book when I started knowing absolutely nothing in radio about a year ago - but even now, its fantastic - I haven't been able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Stewart is an awesome guy 28 Jan 2014
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Awesome book, I'm a radio student studying at Diploma level and this has helped me on loads of occasions, even before I started studying, and I was just a podcaster looking to improve my work, this book was always there for reference and advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 July 2013
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A straightforward and useful book for those interested in developing their radio skills. Great tips for radio presenting and a 'must have' if pursuing a career in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 April 2013
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This book helped me to understand how to present and produce a really good radio show, I also used it as a reference in many of my uni essays. Therefor e I would highly recommend it. Also was nice and easy to read.
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