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The Total Package!

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions

Time to put everything together in one, “get that job in radio” Total Package.

First: Put together your air check with the type of format that fits the station where you want to work.

Second: Don’t forget to include the black and white 8 x 10 glossy of your super fine features.

Third: That important Broadcast resume that screams, “You really need to hire me!”

Please remember to MAKE A LOT OF COPIES OF YOUR BROADCAST PACKAGE, because you’re not going to get it back.

After you mail out your Broadcast packages to the stations you wish would offer you employment and you secure an interview, make sure you have copies of you references and basic salary requirements with you to present during the interview.

Now a word to the wise my little Buckaroos and Buckarooettes, “If you get a gig at a station that plays the music you like, that is a perk, because in most cases it doesn’t work that way”.

That’s it, we have just covered the basics of putting together the Total Package (scoping for the air check, the head shot, and the resume) to get your foot in the door to be employed in the wonderful world of Radio.

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TESTING 1, 2, 3. IS THIS THING ON?

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions!

Today let’s take a look at the basics of making an Air Check. A Program Director will be look for the following:

1) How you intro and outro the music, the PD does not want to listen to the whole song

just how you go in and of it. This is called Telescoping.

2) How you read the weather forecast and Public Service Announcements (PSA’s).

3)How well you read commercial copy (Spots). If you can write copy that’s even better!

After the Air Check is edited, it should be no longer than five minutes. In most cases the PD will listen to your Air Check about two minutes then make a decision to place your plea for employment in the YES, NO or MAYBE pile with the other people who want “your job”.

There you go the basics of putting together an Air Check.

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And now a word from our sponsor!

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions.
You’ve found out a little about Bobo, now here is a little about myself.

Founder and CEO: Waverly F. Phelps, Jr.
With a 30 year love/hate relationship in Radio Broadcasting that all started in High School, this Baby Boomer went on to achieve accolades while attending Portlock University. One was becoming President and Founder of the Olde
Portlock University Radio Troupe. Better known as the Olde P. U. Players, Waverly proved time and again that Radio was the Theater of the Mind, if only to show he could loose his every once and awhile. Waverly’s greatest achievement has been in living by the words of his role model and mentor, Buckaroo Banzai who said, No Matter Where You go, There You Are!”
That’s me in a nutshell (more nut than shell).

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We will be right back after this!

Author: wave  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde School Audio Productions!

Today let’s talk a little bit about the Olde Skool Audio Productions Webmaster: Bobo DeChimp.

With a doctorate from SIT (Simian Institute of Treeology) and a fellowship from The Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information, Bobo came highly recommended by the Phelps & Evil Twin SkippyTraveling Egress Show and Emporium.

We at Olde Skool Audio Productions knew at once Bobo would make a great Webmaster when he could eat bananas and do the Hokey Pokey at the same time.

If you would like to find out a little more about Mr. Bobo, check out http://www.myspace.com/bobodechimp Please check inside to see what we can do for you!

Please Hire Me!

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions! Let’s take look at the basics of what you need for the great job in Broadcasting! Today we are going to cover the Money (Head) shot. There was a time back in the day, when you applied for a job as a “Disk Jockey” one important piece of the package was the head shot. I know, we all have a face for Radio, but the look was almost as important as the sound.

There was a time when the “I don’t give a damn what you look like, as long as you have balls of Brass!” was at the top of a Program Director’s rules for hiring. Well my little Buckaroos and Buckarooettes it has come full circle. Besides the great Pipes, it’s also the “Look”. So having a good black and white 8×10 glossy is a must. Please take the time and effort to have someone take a good (and I do mean good) photo of your bad self. This is how it breaks down to the PD: good air check, good photo, great resume, this will at least get you in for the interview. The rest is up to you. You are probably asking why a good air check instead of a GREAT air check. Because if the air check was GREAT: 1) you’d already have a good gig and 2) if it was that good, the station could not afford you! Nuff said.

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Have I Got A Deal For You!

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions! Let’s cover the basics of getting that job in radio.

Now it’s time to cover the Resume, or how to sell yourself on paper.

Putting together a good Broadcast resume is not a hard thing to do but it does take a little planning.

Remember that after the standard name, address and phone number it’s time to push “I love Radio and you just might need me on your payroll”.

Out of the shoot, list your jobs in Broadcasting from last to first giving the time-frame, call letters and air shift. You should also highlight your duties, but not too much detail or you will not have anything left to brag about to you possible new employer. (Remember you have to sell yourself!) There is no need to list past PD’s or GM’s, the people who look over your resume don’t care. This part of your resume should in most cases be only one page. If there is more than one page of your radio life, this could raise questions that you don’t want to answer.

Now after the first page is out of the way, it’s time for the education page. List your academic life and or trade schools from last to first giving the time-frame, institution and courses taken that relate to Broadcasting. Radio middle management does not care about the other courses.

The final page of your Broadcast resume should list and highlight hobbies, clubs and organizations you belong or have belonged too. It makes you look like a well-rounded person.

Now you are thinking,”Hey, what about my references and salary requirements!” Well, you have that page with you but present it during the interview. That way you have a little something more to talk about. Always have at least three good personal references and two good business references. The salary requirements are always open to discussion.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions! we are going to talk a little bit about basic copy writing for Radio.

Start with ¼-inch margins top and bottom and the spacing should be 1½ inches per sentence.

One-half page is approximately 30 seconds, a full page 60 seconds.

It takes just as long to say a sentence with numbers written 1, 2, 3 as it does when you write one, two, three. Keep this in mind.

In 30 second piece of copy, the client’s name should appear at least once at the beginning and then at the end. The address and phone number along with the web address (if it applies) should appear near the end of the copy.

In 60-second piece of copy, the customers name should appear at least three times, at the beginning, in the middle and at the end. The address and phone number along with the web address (if it applies) should appear once in the middle then again near the end of the copy.

Please remember to use the spell and grammar check (I know we all forget sometime).

One very important point to remember; Radio copy is not like writing for a term paper or public speaking; it should convey a flowing one to one approach.

Do not try to cram too much information into the copy, you can always write another 30 or 60 second piece to cover the client’s needs.

How well do you write and voice copy? Give it a shot!

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Long Live The King!

Author: admin  //  Category: Olde Skool News And Views

Welcome to Olde Skool Audio Productions! Today we are going back to when AM radio was King. It was the golden age of the Weekly Top 30, the Wax to Watch and when the Disk Jockey was the center of it all.

This was the time of Personality Radio, when maybe you didn’t remember the station call letters but you knew all the jocks by name, what time their show aired and where they were on the dial. They had a “Theme” song and were called the “Good Guys”, “Cousin”, “Emperor” those were just some of the names used to described the people who were the “Masters” at using the “Theater of Mind” that was Radio! There was no Morning Zoo, Satellite radio, or call in Talk shows, FM was still a pipe dream.

These Giants would entertain and inform you in between the songs. They were THE reason you tuned in, they played the music you loved, let you know the scoop on your favorite artist, the music and they made you feel good about it. The Disk Jockey was the creamy filling that made you laugh and think without a “Zoo” or abusing the listener. The personality Disk Jockey pulled it all together for 4 hours in a great package of music, artist information and humor that made you come back day after day because you admired, respected and wished for just a moment you were the one playing the Weekly Top 30 or the Wax to Watch.

Well there you go, a quick ride in the “way back machine” to take a look what Radio was and will never be again. More’s the pity.

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