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Contracts and the Future Talk Show Internet Host

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Contracts and the Future Talk Show Internet Host

Many future talk show hosts like them, but many hosts don’t like them. Why use a contract at all?

Contracts

When I first put up my station, PWRNetwork, it was suggested by one of the hosts that I write a short, concise contract for all of the future talk show hosts. In that way, they would know all of our policies, rules, what’s expected of them, what they can’t do, etc. I contacted a lawyer who pointed me to the library and told me what to look for. I crafted an agreement between two parties, PWRNetwork and the host.

Example 1

On this day ______, _____, Passionate World Radio Network LLC and __________________HOST agree to the following.

Name:

Email:

Name of Program

Length of Program

Phone #

sethis paragraph, I added the fee total, when it was due, and how it was to be paid.

I put in a penalty clause should the fee be paid late.

Below this paragraph, I provided the station’s rules: no obscenities, no hate messages, no politics, no religion. The usual terminology one finds in a contract.

At the conclusion, I gave the length of time for the contract, and then asked the future talk show host to sign and return the signed copy to PWRNetwork.

Example 2

As PWRNetwork grew, so did the contract. I started adding what I thought were necessary additions to the contract. These additions got so lengthy that several of my hosts refused to sign the document and PWRNetwork was left with fewer hosts. New talk show hosts refused outright to sign the contract because they didn’t want anything binding them. They wanted the freedom to walk any time they wanted.

That’s because inside this new contract, PWRNetwork demanded a thirty day (30) days notice if the talk show host was leaving the station. The station asked for this because it usually takes about a month to find  a new talk show host to come into the station.

You’re kidding, right?

Nope, I’m not. With today’s electronics, free streaming software, and people’s awareness of setting up their own independent programs, many future talk show hosts refuse to go to a station because they can build it themselves. Advertise. Promote. Word-of-mouth. Press Releases. You Tube, and generally make a go of it without needing to join someone else’s station.

In some respects that’s absolutely true, but these hosts must remember this. When you start up your own programming, there’s no one else to cover your tracks should you not be able to go on the air. Audiences are fickle. When you promise them a good thing, they expect a good thing.  Not  only do they expect it, they’ll want it. And you don’t want to leave them disappointed.

Building an audience is like trust. Once you lose it, it takes forever to get it back.

PWRNetwork offers contracts the first year. Why only the first year? Because hosts stay or leave after that first year. Most of my hosts stay on. Many of them have been with PWRNetwork for several years and some longer than that. One host, Janet E. Smith, remained with the station for over 10 years. She passed away two years ago, but I still receive email for her asking if she’d be interested in hosting with another station.

Ms. Smith remained with PWRNetwork because the station provided her with everything she needed: her ministry and the status of best-selling author.

Something to think about when you decide to go out and join a station. Should you or shouldn’t you?

Signing a contract is like getting married. It’s a commitment through hell and high water and heavenly roses.

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What the Animals Tell Me?

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The Truth Behind Demographics & Future Talk Show Internet Hosts

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The Truth Behind Demographics & Future Talk Show Internet Hosts

Run for the hills! Someone is about to explore the myth(s) of Demographics and show future talk show Internet hosts what is real and what is sometimes exaggerated or filtered into that known category of “Little White Lie(s).”

When you approach an internet station, the future talk show host should ask the station owner what their Demographics are like. It’s important for them to know because you realize then whether or not that particular station has the ‘tribe’ or ‘target audience’ that you’re looking for.

For example, one of the analytical companies that PWRN uses is Google Analytics. It tells me (the station owner) all the important stuff that all hosts, future or current, need to know to make sure that their program is being well received, of value to that listening audience, or whether they need to change the format or formula of their show to keep appealing to their listening audience.

You might say that the audience determines how well your particular show is going to do.

The Particulars:

a.  Gender: Who’s listening more, male versus female? In PWRN, females listen more to the programs than males. Females rank in at 57% while males rank 42% (all percentages rounded off).

b.  Age: Google Analytics provides you with 5 age categories as does most other companies that offer analytical numbers and information. 55 to 65 is our number 1 age group. Previous to that 25 to 35 was our number 1 age group. The ages can vary over time particularly when you offer different types of programs. Since PWRN offers different types of talk shows, it doesn’t really surprise me at the moment that our biggest age group is 55 to 65. However, we run a mix of programs from animal whispering to Demystifying Alzheimer’s which can strike anybody from an early age, 20+ to late 70+.

Check with the station and find out what age group dominates the listening audience. It will possibly have a big impact on how well or how badly your show or podcast is going to do.

c.  Which groups are listening? TV/Entertainment? Moviegoers? Shutterbugs? Video/Games? Travel? Restaurant? All these industries will identify with your program. Which industry listens to you? Professional? White collar? Blue Collar? Millenials? The more you know, the better off you know how to best market and promote your program to.

d.  Length of stay. Many people surf the web. Many people will surf the internet’s radio station webpages. Ask how long the audience sticks around to listen to the podcasts? to the shows?

At PWRN, we know that our audience, 38%, remains on our site for l 1/2 hours. I’m told that’s pretty good considering most people usually listen for 1 or 2 minutes.

Understanding the Particulars

This gives a basic understanding of what the future talk show host should ask before signing on the dotted line. It’s not that you don’t trust them, but at the same time, you want to understand how well received your show is going to be heard. Most internet radio companies will provide basic stuff to you as part of their agreement with you whether it’s an oral agreement with a virtual handshake or a written contract.

Some internet stations will give you a 90 day warm up where they’ll allow you 3 months to get all the newness under your belt before they start expecting great things from you. However, if you go into the station blind, then chances are you will never leave that 90 day warm-up period.

You won’t know where to start or how to finish. It takes more than a microphone, an internet connection and a great marvelous idea for a show to start an audience and start receiving applause from your fans. It takes teamwork and hard work.

If you haven’t started a Google Analytics account yet, start one just for your website (if you’ve got one). Or go find an internet station and take a good look at it. Many times, they will automatically provide this type of information to you. Study it and take notes. Go to 3 or 4 and compare your notes.

Study them. Then, make your decision.

Before you go recognize this. It’s allot harder than you think.  Like anything else in this world, there are only two known things: death and taxes.

Until next time,

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‘3 How’ Questions Future Talk Show Hosts Should Ask?

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The ‘3 How’ Questions Future Talk Show Hosts Should Ask?

When a future talk show host approaches a possible internet radio station, there are 3 how questions they should ask up front. Meaning at once. Immediately. Don’t let them steer you away from these questions. It could literally mean a life or death sentence on your program’s numbers. How successful you are as the host down the line.

How long?

One of the first questions asked by a future talk show host is “how long will it take for me to build up an

audience?”

My reply: “It depends.”

Forget what you’ve heard around the internet: That so and so built a 6 million listenership in 6 months. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s highly suspect. Audiences take a long time to build. It’s like a best-seller list. If you get all your friends, family, relatives, and people in debt to you listen to your program, then yes indeed, you’ll have a huge listenership, but there’s more to numbers than just the sheer size of who is listening to you. Remember, you want to draw in NEW listeners, not just your stand-bys. And, more importantly, you want to ‘target’ these listeners so you can CONVERT them into paying customers to whatever you’re trying to sell with INSERTED PAID COMMERCIALS (compliments of your sponsors, another kettle of fish).

Let’s take one of PWRNetwork’s newest host, Ms. ABC. ABC was doing a podcast (15 minutes or less) on a chronic illness afflicting millions of people. The host started 3 months ago. The show draws in a respectable amount of people (5,000). It’s respectable because Ms. ABC talks about a subject most individuals rather not discuss at all (especially outside of the family.) This host wants to share the experience of caring for a loved one with the audience. This host succeeded.  About 5,000 people in the audience.

Is it targeted? We’ll discuss that in another post.

How Soon?

This question is related to “How Long?” Soon can mean immediately or down the line. It can also mean who is the host of that program? If the future host is a celebrity, chances are the audience will be immediately. That’s where marketing and promoting come in. That’s where email lists come in. That’s where bragging rights come in. That’s where the nature of the program comes in.

Future talk show hosts need to do their homework before putting their program on. There are many topics that instantaneously draws in a large crowd without working too hard at it. Sports programs do that. Following a came online. Listening to a Q & A. Listening to an interview of a well-known sports figure can do that. Music can do that. Especially rock, hard rock, hip hop, and all the other genres that are currently playing in today’s world.

There are instant name drawers in politics, sports, music, television, movies. They are interviewed because of their name drawer. However, there are other future talk show hosts who don’t take the celebrity or well-known person route because their agenda is somewhat different.

If that is the case, then the How Soon might be an exercise in patience. People flock to what is already known to them. What they already identify with and enjoy. Listening to topics that might be off-beat or discussed behind closed doors (unless sensationalism) might be harder to build a fast audience.

Don’t let that lack discourage you. PWRNetwork runs unpopular programming as well as well-received programming. It’s a mix. I don’t get any complaints about our programming. Ever. People in fact encouraged us to keep up the good work!

How many?

When I first started doing talk shows, the producers of my first internet radio station started alerting me to my audience. The first number I heard was 30,000. Boy, was I pumped? 30,000 in the first week of programming. Awesome.

The second week, my numbers had jumped to 45,000. Boy, was I flexing my muscles. To get sponsors, I started cold calling companies to get them to pay for the shows I was doing. Unfortunately for me, they weren’t impressed. In fact, some of them yawned through my presentation. I heard them. What was the problem?

I couldn’t back up my numbers with solid evidence of whom was listening, age groups, gender, and demographics.

I headed back to the producers of the station and started asking them hard questions. Which I should’ve done before I started with them. It turned out they inflated my numbers. So they could get more sponsors to invest into their company, not my show.

How did I really find this out? When I stopped working for them and started my own company. Not one of the so-called 100,000 listeners that I had gained with them came over to where I was now broadcasting. Hint: Because the audience never really existed in the first place.

So, before you join any internet radio station, make sure you ask the 3-How questions. Yes, it’s difficult. Yes, I still get sweaty hands, feet, and forehead. Yes, my tone grows shrill and thin, but I ASK, because you need to know how ethical that station is and how REAL your numbers really are.

You’ll need to know before you can go out and ask for sponsorships (another post).

Remember: There’s many a slip between cup and lip.

Which one are you? The cup or the lip?

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#2 Question to Ask as Future Talk Show Internet Host

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Host at PWRNetwork and Get Your Expertise & Passion Out to a Waiting World

Before I set up my own online talk radio station, I did several stints with other internet radio stations. From them I learned all the stuff that I wouldn’t do with my own network, and stuff I would definitely do with my own station. One of the questions I did ask was would that particular station market and promote me or did I do that myself?

Marketing

In case you don’t know marketing and promotion are two different animals. Marketing means getting the word(s) out about you so people know that you exist.

Promotion means telling people about your existence and where to find you. Two methods that do completely different things but yields the necessary results to get you found and heard.

Talking a mile a minute. Having an interesting topic may work for regular radio or tv, but on internet talk radio, people tune in and tune in because they believe that the host, you, can deliver information or content to them that they haven’t heard before.

When your future radio station tells you that they will market and promote you to a wider audience, make sure you ask them their strategy. In other words how do they plan on doing that?

Marketing is how that station is going to represent you, the host, to possible advertisers, sponsors, target companies and individuals who might want to listen to you and start a relationship for you. Which means that the station should have a list of possible names of individuals and companies that might be interested in what you have to say.

For example, when a new host joined PWRNetwork, the first thing I asked her would she be interested in me connecting her with other people and companies interested in her topic. That way, she would have a broader listening base than the one she was building by doing her programs. That’s one form on marketing. Would you she be interested in interviewing people familiar with her topic and be able to add to the content that she’s already putting out? Again, the station is marketing that host to that targeted group of people who have similar content or have similar topics for discussion that might possibly help this host to further her own brand and identity.

Promotion

Promotion is when you put an individual out there to the world with an explanation of who she/he is, what their topic(s) are, and what benefits the listener (audience) is going to receive from that talk show host.

I have a host who does a program around social connections. She does research into topics that other hosts don’t discuss, there’s no accessible information out on the internet yet, or the information is there, but none wants to discuss it. This host goes and finds people who are willing to discuss these topics so that the listening audience can profit from having these topics aired.

When I go and promote this host and her show I try and find people who are in similar topics or venues that would be interested in meeting her, interviewing her, having her speak to them, etc. The possibilities are endless. As an internet station, it’s my job to make connections with this host and all the other hosts to other organizations, companies, individuals that might be interested in meeting them and then deciding to do something with them.

I am called the ‘connector’ because I linked people together who otherwise wouldn’t have known these people existed. The results are truly astonishing.

If you’re a good interviewer, as a host you can find out additional information that you can forward on to the person who can benefit from knowing that connection.

For example, one of my hosts is an animal communicator. She also works with animals placed in sanctuaries that former pet owners disown or abandon. A lady I recently interviewed wrote a book about animals. I mentioned that host’s name an what her program was about. The lady asked me to forward her name and email to that host so they could hook up. And, I did.

Promotion is getting one’s name out there. This includes social media. We utilize Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Googleplus and many other social media websites to get the word out. We also use Directories, Forums, Chat Rooms, anywhere we can drop a host’s name and get her to the right people that will make her show sing and her numbers climb.

One of my hosts as I mentioned is an animal . Her show ranks #1 on all my stat pages. Her programs are mentioned, retweeted, and enjoyed. How do I know this? From the feedback and comments that are posted on my radio station’s website. Her show is popular. She is popular. How popular? 75% of all incoming traffic goes to her webpage and listens to her shows.

That’s what successful marketing and promotion can do for a talk show host. Think about it,

Then come back and listen to PWRNetwork’s programs.

Perhaps, you, too, will become a star performer on PWRNetwork’s online talk radio station.

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The #1 Question Future Talk Show Hosts Should Ask?

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The Number 1 Question Future Talk Show Hosts Should Ask is what are the benefits of your station? Now, I know that other professionals in the internet talk show genre might disagree. However, if the future host doesn’t know what to expect from their new station, then how can you possibly ask the other 20 to 30 relevant questions that follow.

Future Talk Show Host

When I got involved with my first internet radio station, the powers-to-be gave me a very precise blueprint of how stuff worked at their particular station. The name of that station was AF. They pointed out to me the physical benefits of what their station could do for me.

a.  Audience:  Build audience with promotion and marketing.

b.  Length of program: podcast (15 minutes or less), 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

c.  Pay to Play: Amount paid to host the show on that station

d.  Webpage: Posting shows, jpeg of host, contact information, synopsis of program

e.  Demographics: target audience, who listens, genre, age, female versus male,

f.  Individual email account

g)  Training in audio

h)  Training in video

i)  Contract: 3, 6, or 12 months

j)  Rules of the Station

k)  Sponsors: Help is finding sponsors

l)  Affiliate Opportunities

PWRNetwork Provides

These are some of the answers that PWRNetwork would give to a prospective talk show host:

a)  Training: format of show, what to say, how to say it, on-the-job training.

b)  Demographics:  College and University students worldwide, Financial and Investment, Military and Police, Libraries, School Districts, Boards of Education, Government (Federal, State, and City).

Age: 18 5o 24; 25 – 35; and 65 +

Males 53.8% Female 42%

Industries: Sports (teams), Travel, Sports (individual), Eating/Restaurants.

c)  Time spent on website: 35% for 1 hour or more.

d)  Hosts who refer future hosts to the station receive a 15% commission off their first three months of payment.

Hosts who secure sponsors (for ads) receive a 10% commission.

Hosts who secure business size card ads for website receive a 10% commission.

e)  Individual email accounts to keep separate from their personal accounts.

f)  Connect talk show hosts with possible clients who want to be interviewed in the topic area of host’s program and networking with individuals involved in that industry.

g)  Webinars and teleseminars of interest to the host.

h)  Opportunities for additional recognition is also provided to the host.

Basic Understanding

This gives future talk show hosts a basic understanding of what they can expect when selecting an internet talk radio station to do their program in. Not all individuals want to join a station. Some prefer to go it alone and set up their own audio or video program with the tools already provided via the internet.

However, being involved with an established internet talk radio station isn’t a bad idea. One of PWRN’s hosts was approached by a big name television station that wanted to hire them to become part of their regular broadcasting station. A great compliment for that talk show host.

Another host was awarded a token from a State Government in recognition of her work as an advocate for the medical profession.

A third host got four laws passed in Illinois to help the veterans.

Opportunities are always available should the host wish to extend their reach and become involved with their neighborhood community or a world-wide community.

One host received an all-paid trip to participate in a walk-a-thon in another state. The company who sent her to join the walk-a-thon recognized a genuine interested human being who wanted to make a difference. Based on that perspective, the host went down, networked with many of the active participants and came back with additional ideas for her show.

Doing a show with a station has its merits.

Knowing how to do a show.

Preparing for that show.

Practicing for that show will make all the difference.

And, as Ben Franklin said many times: “There’s many a slip between cup and lip!”

Next time, additional questions and answers that the future talk show host should know before signing or talking on the dotted line.

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Tips For Traveling With Someone Who Has Alzheimer’s

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6.11.2016

MYG Podcast 061116

Mary Yamin-Garone

Good afternoon. Welcome to Demystifying Alzheimer’s. I’m your hostess Mary Yamin-Garone.

Today’s topic is “Tips for Traveling with Someone with Alzheimer’s.”

Summer. A time when many families make travel plans. Whether you’re taking a short trip to visit family and friends or traveling far from home, it’s important to consider the difficulties and benefits of traveling with someone with Alzheimer’s.

Traveling with someone with AD can be challenging and stressful. They often have difficulty with new environments and people, changes in routines and time zones, noise, and fatigue. That’s why it’s better to travel when they’re in the early stages of the disease. That’s when your loved one is less likely to become disoriented, agitated or distressed.

You may want to make a “trial run.” Take a short trip using the same method of transportation you planned on for the longer trip. Doing so will give you a good idea concerning your loved one’s capacity for travel. If they don’t tolerate the shorter trip, you may want to think twice about bringing them along.

There are a number of signs that may indicate travel isn’t a good idea:

  • Being disoriented, confused or agitated even in familiar settings
  • Wanting to go home when they’re away from home on short visits
  • Exhibiting delusional or paranoid behavior
  • Incontinence
  • Teary, anxious, or withdrawn behavior in crowded, noisy settings
  • Wandering
  • Physical or verbal aggression
  • Yelling, screaming or crying impulsively
  • High risk of falling
  • Unstable medical conditions

As a caregiver, you should assess yourself to make sure you’re prepared to travel with someone with Alzheimer’s. While traveling, you’ll have to manage unexpected events and challenging behaviors, sometimes in public. You might face stressful situations and lack of sleep. You must show patience and flexibility in your plans and have realistic expectations.

Here are some tips to consider when planning to travel with someone with Alzheimer’s.

  • Bring copies of important documents and information that includes:
  • Identification
  • Emergency contact information
  • Doctors’ names and their contact information
  • List of current medications and dosages
  • List of drug or food allergies
  • Copies of legal papers, such as a living will, advanced directives and power of attorney
  • Insurance information
  • Travel itinerary
  • Have your loved one carry or wear identification (like an ID bracelet) at all times. Consider putting their name in their clothing. Be sure the following information is on their person: name, important phone numbers and any medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s.

Remember to pack the following:

  • Water, drinks
  • Snacks
  • Activities to do while traveling and at your destination
  • Their favorite items
  • Consider consulting with a health care professional about medications for mood swings, pain, nausea, diarrhea or other temporary issues that might come up while traveling.
  • Being prepared in case of an emergency is critical. Assemble an emergency kit in a watertight bag or container that includes:
  • Copies of important documents and identification
  • Recent picture of your loved one
  • Extra clothing
  • Extra medication
  • Incontinence products
  • Bottled water
  • Food
  • First aid kit
  • Try to travel to familiar, stable and regimented settings and make the trip as short and simple as possible.
  • Build flexibility into your plans to give your loved one time to adjust and rest as needed.
  • Allow plenty of time for everything.
  • Try to travel during their best time of day.
  • Don’t drive alone with a person who’s agitated. Your safety and theirs as well as that of others on the road, could be at risk.
  • Take regular rest breaks. Check that all their basic needs are met, such as toileting, hydration and nutrition.
  • Be sure your loved one is wearing comfortable clothes that allow for ease when using the toilet.
  • Don’t leave them unsupervised, especially in new surroundings. They should have a familiar and reassuring companion with them at all times.
  • Avoid crowded, busy or loud places, especially if your loved one is tired.
  • The level of activity at airports and other travel stations can be confusing or stressful to an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Be on the lookout for signs of distress and try to calm them down. Reassure them that everything is alright and then remove them from the stressful setting.
  • Inform the airlines, travel, or hotel staff of any special needs in advance to ensure that they’re prepared to assist you. Always ask for help. Others can’t help you if they don’t know you need help.
  • Use services designated for people with disabilities.
  • Be sure your destination has a safe environment. Keep the following in mind:
  • Working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
  • Non­slip surface in the shower or bathtub
  • Water temperature. Faucets in new places may be confusing so make sure the temperature is properly adjusted.
  • Adequate lighting in the hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms. Take along several nightlights just in case.
  • Try to remove potential hazards and clutter, such as the coffee maker and hair dryer.
  • Be aware of the risk of wandering that can be set off by a change in the environment. If you’re staying in a hotel and wandering is a problem:
  • Lock the door to your room and put a chair in front of it.
  • Consider using a portable door alarm or childproof doorknob cover.
  • If there are two beds, sleep in the one closest to the door.
  • Control access to car keys.
  • Try to keep a sense of humor and enjoy your time with your loved one.
  • Watch the clock. Sundowner’s Syndrome intensifies fear and agitation right before dark. Get your loved one back to the room before the sun goes down. Lower the curtains and turn on the lights. This will lessen the drastic change from day to night.
  • Traveling in airports calls for considerable focus and attention. At times, the level of activity can be distracting, overwhelming or difficult to understand for someone with Alzheimer’s. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re flying.
  • Avoid scheduling flights that have tight connections. Find out about airport escort services that can help you get from place to place.
  • Inform the airline and airport medical service department of your needs in advance to make sure they can help. Most airlines will work with you to accommodate special needs.
  • If appropriate, tell airport employees, screeners and in-flight crew members that you’re traveling with someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Even if walking isn’t a problem, consider requesting a wheelchair.

If you think traveling with your loved one might be too difficult, consider respite care at an assisted living facility. Many offer quality short-term care along with social activities. A good way to approach the idea of respite care is to tell your loved one they’re going on a vacation, too. Worried about being separated from your loved one? You can call the facility as often as you like to make sure everything’s okay.

That’s all for today. Thanks for listening. I hope this information was helpful.

Join me at 1 pm Monday when I’ll discuss elderly safety in the home.

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