32 Ways to Irritate a Radio Host

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You’ve spent a great deal of time getting an actual interview on a radio program. But could some of your actions be not only preventing you from returning to the show, but also being known among other hosts as a guest to avoid? Here are 25 ways that guests can irritate a radio host.

Make sure none of these reflect your actions!

  1. Ask the host directly, “Have you read my book?” –especially while on the air.
  2. Don’t confirm the interview until 3 AM the morning of interview, on the host’s voice mail.
  3. Confuse time zones so that you are actually at the grocery store when the host calls you for the interview.
  4. Don’t return phone calls from the host or her assistant. Instead, just e-mail her. If she wants to hear your voice, she can look up your interviews on your web site.
  5. Turn down any opportunities to be on the show unless they are broadcast during prime time. Your time is important after all!
  6. Avoid sending any press information. If they want it, they could look it up on your website.
  7. Allow your dogs to lie on the floor of your office when you’re conducting the interview and talk baby talk to them during the commercial breaks.
  8. Insist on using a Bluetooth headset. The convenience is worth a little bit of buzz on the interview.
  9. Don’t worry about being home in time for the interview. You can always call from the side of the road on your cell phone.
  10. The odds of someone calling or ringing your doorbell are minor, so don’t waste time turning off call waiting or hanging up a sign on your front door.
  11. Instead of actually answering the questions the callers have, keep telling the listeners, “If you buy my book, you’ll find the answer to this question in there.”
  12. Name drop. Every time you have a story it involves someone who is famous.
  13. Speak about your topic as though anyone who doesn’t know the lingo is uninformed.
  14. When a caller is completely off topic, go ahead and cut them off and get back to the point you were trying to make.
  15. Interrupt the host. You are the guest after all!
  16. Mention your website over and over again. You want people to be able to find you later and the host doesn’t seem to be helping you out.
  17. Tell a story that is not appropriate for the audience, making some listeners change the station. They need a little controversy for more buzz.
  18. Badmouth a former guest from the show. Surely, the host thought the same thing, right?
  19. Just talk and talk and talk. It is a talk show, right?
  20. Break out into song. . . when you are not a singer. You just felt led to do so, so why not follow your intuition?
  21. Ignore the host’s guidance of the program. You are there to spice it up after all!
  22. Insist on telling a really good story even though it has no real purpose. People need to laugh.
  23. Make comments about the host’s personality, such as “You are always so perky, but let’s get real. . . most of us don’t live that way.”
  24. Don’t look up the web site of the show or listen to past guests. You want your interview to be fresh after all!
  25. Make your offers for listeners really complicated. For example, send the audience to three different websites depending on which book they want.
  26. Talk really, really fast. If listeners missed what you say, they will buy the book.
  27. If it’s a Christian show just throw in a lot of “Christian-ese” so you sound like you are spiritually deep.
  28. Throw in a curse word or two so people know you’re human
  29. Never say thank you, after all, you are doing the host a favor by being on her show!
  30. Have a long web address, such as http://freesite.com/books/buyitnow.com . If listeners don’t get it they could just call the radio host’s assistant later.
  31. When the interview is done, call the host immediately to ask “Why didn’t you mention my book more?”
  32. Send a quick email to the host afterwards that says, “Thanks tons, all good!”

Though some of these may sound like things you would never do, many of us have slipped up and done something along that spectrum just because we didn’t take the time to think about our actions before acting on them. Take the time to prepare, be humble, gracious, and informed so that you can be the best guest possible.

facebook profile small 100x100 32 Ways to Irritate a Radio HostLisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, a national nonprofit Christian organization for people who live chronic illness or pain. Through her grassroots efforts in learning to market effectively on the Internet, her ministry which began 1996 with a small website has grown to reach millions of people and she enjoys sharing these steps with others through her website http://YouCanSellMoreBooks.com .

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