Interviewing for Radio
- Bring notes, if needed. Cards instead of paper.
- Stay approximately 6 inches from microphone.
- Remember you are talking to the public and to your target audience.
- If you are called by a reporter to give an immediate statement over the phone and you aren't prepared, ask if you can call back within 10 minutes– then call back.
- If the program is being taped and you make a weak presentation – ask for the segment to be re-taped.
- Get your "talking points" across to the audience.
- Clarify any points you think may have been misunderstood.
- Don't be too far away or too close to the microphone.
- Don't sway back and forth in your chair. Your voice will be inconsistent.
- Don't move your papers around – they make noise.
- Don't touch the microphone.
- Avoid "ums."
- Don't laugh at serious matters.
- Don't take the questioner's attitude, even if it's hostile.