Does anyone know that Talk Show Hosts have responsibilities?
Have you ever seen a show host demonstrate those responsibilities to you or did you just take them on faith? Like aspirin that you took for a bad headache.
Since I don’t want you to think that this is a trick question, I’ll through the list of responsibilities slowly so that you can sing along with Lillian. How’s that?
There are allot of them, and yet if not practiced daily, the talk show host might pass over them altogether.
Why is that?
When a host takes over and starts doing their job, does the owner or station manager go over that vital list with them?
The first one is TIME. Time is always a big factor. Whether you come in ‘on time’ or ‘half past the time’ or ‘just late’ makes a big difference to the schedule that the station manager has put together for all of the hosts. Time is one thing that a host can’t take for granted. People who are interviewed also must pay attention to the time although the host is really responsible for keeping track of time.
When I interview a guest, I always have my watch or stop watch handy so that I can keep track of the time. Why?
Not all interviews are set up for the same time. They can range from a few minutes up to 60 minutes depending on how much time was set aside for that particular interview. Coming up in October and November, I’ve got 4 people to interview in the space of one hour or 8 guests in 2 hours depending how one looks at the schedule. In November, when I go down to the International Miami Book Festival, the interview time is shortened to 5 to 10 minutes depending on the time that the interviewee wants to put into the questions by answering them.
The second factor is MATERIAL. A host should prepare for their show. Sometimes, they may need to do their homework or research as i call it. Not everyone has an easy format life and if they don’t, it requires time from the host to go and research the subject matter. Sometimes, the host can’t finish the book they’re going to interview the author on. Other times, the host doesn’t have enough time to do the proper research so they must visit a website or two and get the right information so they can do a good job. Material isn’t always to find. Despite what people say, you can’t always find what you want on the internet. At those time, you must know how to do proper research so you can ferret out the information and be prepared to do your show.
The third factor is VALUE. Value, you ask? What do you mean by that? Value isn’t tangible. Let me put it another way. The information you’ve gathered, put together, and edited to say in front of your audience or to your audience, will it be of value to them or will you be wasting their time. Everything is relative in today’s world. What one spends at a fast-food restaurant is the same price for buying one bag of groceries. When a talk show host gets in front of their audience or in front of a microphone, they must be positive that the information they’re going to share will be of value to their audience. That their audience can use this content in their spiritual, business, and personal life. That this information will bring value to other people when these listeners share what they’ve heard over the internet. Value, as a talk show host, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your content is worth the time spent, digested, and used in your listener’s life.
The fourth factor will show up next week. Stand by until then