I bought this for my dad because of the reviews - having very briefly flicked through a few pages he said he had picked up some things he didn't know, and so it is worth it, but the book is tiny - it didn't look like I was handing him a £15 book, it looked like I was giving him a freebie pamphlet. I know quality rather than quantity - but as a gift it certainly does not look impressive to receive.
3.0 out of 5 starsIt's good, but not as good as others
24 July 2014
As a Radio Presenter with a couple of years experiance, I wanted to get a book which gave some extended advice, which this does, but sadly not as good as Peter Stewarts "Essential Radio Skills", but for the price, it is good. Whilst its a slightly short ish read, it still contains really interesting advice, which is handy. A good read.
As a RadioPresenter with a couple of years experiance, I wanted to get a book which gave some extended advice, which this does, but sadly not as good as Peter Stewarts "Essential Radio Skills", but for the price, it is good. Whilst its a slightly short ish read, it still contains really interesting advice, which is handy. A good read.
This is a terrific book. Imagine having your favourite presenter/DJ call round to your house and being prepared to give you advice only a few privileged insiders know about creating a demo that will stand out and get you the position you are seeking. Then buy this book. I will be putting its content to practical use this week when I submit my demo for a paid breakfast show job on a local radio station.
I have been a broadcaster for more than 20 years. I have seen how the industry has changed and how the role as the presenter is constantly evolving. This book was not only a positive and encouraging read but it contains common-sense advice. By far the most accurate and up to date guide applicable that reveals the secrets behind the magical world of radio. If I had written this, I would probably have written the same. What it challenges the reader to do is take what they hear and break it down into patterns and formulas, ones they can learn to identify, replicate and succeed with (certainly initially). Particularly poignant in places, the writers have clearly done the job and are doing it now, this book wasn't written in the 70s, it feels more like last Wednesday.
I like books you can read fast, extrapolate what you need, and move on. This is a short book, warmly written. A great deal of industry secrets and mindsets which surprised and inspired me. I am saying 5 stars because I like short information books, others like Peaks and Valleys, Who moved my Cheese and Property Investment for beginners. There is no need for fluff. I also read The Science of Getting Rich, a short 100 page tomb. Anyone who wants to be a radiopresenter will need this book.
Great advice on getting into one of the toughest professions - radio broadcasting. Lots of great tips. And like when presenting any radio programme, you need to think of your audience; the same advice holds here where you need to think of your potential employer and the station's audience. If you are looking for a book to help with programme content and presenting, there is words of advice however like others have said, there are better books on this subject. As an overall book to understand what it takes to be a radiopresenter, this is worth a read
Having worked in first in Hospital radio & then Community radio for a number of years, I already know how to be a presenter, but I bought this having seen the reviews on their website from Richard Allison, Hirsty etc. I was curious to see what was in the book.
Some radio purists might think that the narrative hints of something negative, others might think that its good advice well dispensed. I frankly went for the latter. It almost challenges you to think about your approach and certainly has made me think a lot about how the wheels turn on the big stations.
As a complete novice book, I would give it 5 stars, for someone like me 4 stars would be awarded for a couple of the nuggets inside. It reminds me of the story knowing where to hit the hammer.
If they do another one I will be interested to get the advanced tips.
Don't let the fact that this book is physically lightweight put you off. The information contained within its pages punch far above its weight. I've been involved with local community radio for a little over 5 years and have been very lucky to have had some very good mentors, but this book really has been an eye opener. As some other reviews have pointed out, it does suggest you go on RadioPresenters Courses and sign up to the Radio Talent website and yes at 100 pages it is quite a short read, but everyone will get something out of reading this book.
I bought this book for my son who is studying media at University. All he has ever wanted to do is go on to be a RadioPresenter....whilst this book gives great insight into the industry it has also given my son some valuable trade secrets and has given me a window into his chosen career path. A fantastic read.