If you're new to radio presenting, here's a good template to use. Bobby presented his show opening over a one minute music bed.
This is why I like it:
It tells you who we are
Tells you who he is
Tells you the name of the show.
Tells you what his show is going to do for you.
Calls for a request
Let's us know that his show has guests, but he doesn't open the mic and start talking to his guests during the opening. I would advise on focusing your opening on you and your show only.
He tells us what topics are coming up in his show
He mentions the station number again
He introduces the first song.
All in all, it's very good.
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Opening (50 seconds)
Hello and welcome to Whitechapel AM, your award winning radio station here with you for the next hour ….
My name's Bobby, and you’re listening to "Music to Make you Smile."
We're gonna have a selection of hits that will make you feel relaxed, lift you up and improve your mood.
If you've got a request for a special song that means something to you, or you just want hear something that'll put a smile on your face, then call us up on XXXXXX and let us know what you'd like to hear.
Also this evening - we’ll have a light-hearted look at the week's news and events, and we'll have some fun conversation from our wonderful guests:
and the lovely Melly-Mel
Up ahead we've got news and chat about pop star MADONNA’s latest charity venture… and we'll find out about Mayor Sadiq Khan’s refurbished hire cycles (previously known as Boris Bikes)
So relax and enjoy the show - and don't forget to call us on XXXXX to let us know that special song you want to hear………
But first up - one of my favourite tunes from an absolute legend of music, this is the phenomenal Prince….
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Ashley Cowan runs the Online Radio School where he tutors in radio presenting and media interviewing techniques. He was a BBC World Service, Radio studio manager for nine years. He was also the station manager for Radio Kings, the hospital radio station for Kings College Hospital. Other crimes include being the training manager for K2K Radio & Whitechapel AM.
As a radio presenter, he's hosted radio shows on three FM stations. That was back in the day when FM radio was a big deal. The poor radio stations that had to put up with his brand of terrible comedy were: Radio DÅB, FLR 107.3 FM, and City FM. Radio DÅB had 100,000 listeners! Woo!
When he's not writing about himself in the third person, then he was also a community radio DJ at Radio Kings, TGR Sound, Sydenham Radio, and Croydon Radio.
He once did production work for Total Rock.com. That was a fun station with a cool owner and a great broadcast team! Brown fizzy water often accompanied the broadcasts!
In his spare time he's London Irish (so he likes a beer) and he also teaches guitar. He's recently created an online "Fingerpicking for Guitar" course. There he teaches the art of fingerpicking for erm...guitar. Students can learn twenty different fingerpicking styles for their chords.
is an ex BBC, radio studio manager, and the ex manager of Radio Kings, the hospital radio station for King's College Hospital. He's presented on three FM stations and waaay too many community stations.