Tips for Calling In to a Talk-Radio Show

Talk radio programs are great formats for presenting your viewpoints on an issue and influencing listeners.

Over 90% of talk radio listeners do not call in, which leads to a discussion that does not always relay all sides of the issue. Talk radio programs are the prime opportunity to speak out and share your knowledge, experiences and concerns.

The following are some tips when calling in to a talk radio program.

  • Discuss issues about which you feel strongly.
  • Relax. Always maintain a respectful tone.
  • Don’t start a longwinded argument. Don’t sound nasty and mean. If it comes to that point, let the other side come across as mean.
  • Cite the facts. Make sure you have done your research or are knowledgeable about an issue before discussing it on a talk radio program.
  • Don’t take anything personally. Don’t focus on the personalities. Don’t criticize the concerns of others. Focus on the issue, the facts and the problems.
  • Identify decision makers that are a direct part of the issue. Don’t attack the person, but state who is pushing for or against legislation.
  • Acknowledge what you do not know. Don’t state facts you cannot support.
  • Don’t let the talk show host distract you or take you down a path of conversation irrelevant to the subject

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