How to Get On Talk Radio and Reach Thousands for FREE!

May 8 21:00 2002 Kevin Nunley Print This Article

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Want a FREE way to promote your business to thousands in your
area? How about a free way to market to customers nationwide?
Talk radio gives you both at zero cost.

Before I started,Guest Posting I worked across the hall from a
talk radio station. The lobby was constantly filled with people
who were appearing as guests on talk shows. What an interesting
group! I met the Governor, rock stars, famous writers, everyday
people promoting causes, and a whole assortment of accountants,
gardeners, financial planners, realtors, crafts people, and

For every famous person who stepped up to the mic, there were 20
"regular" experts on every issue you can think of. These were
local business owners, professionals, and workers who had
interesting information the radio audience would find helpful.

Guests usually aren't allowed to turn their on-air appearances
into self-serving ads (that's what paid commercials are for), but
no guests leaves without grabbing a considerable amount of
promotional benefit for themselves. Guests almost always get a
chance to share their phone number, email address, office
location, or web site URL.

There is no shortage of talk show opportunities. Talk stations
number in the thousands throughout the US and Canada. Many more
radio stations have a Sunday morning talk show.

First find one or two stations in your area. Listen to the shows
and become familiar with the hosts and the topics they like to
cover. Next, CALL or EMAIL the radio station and talk with the
host or producer. You can get station contact info from the
yellow pages. You may be able to get an email address that goes
directly to the host. Most stations have web sites you can
search for and easily find.

Tell the host what subject you specialize in. You don't have to
be a world-class expert, just have some helpful tips the audience
will be interested in. A day care owner could talk about how to
keep small kids busy while Mom or Dad works at home. An
accountant or lawyer might give tips for saving on taxes or
fighting an IRS audit. Somebody who does a lot of fishing could
talk about favorite lakes and bait.

If your topic relates to something already in the news, hooray
for you! Pass GO and collect $200. The media LOVE to find a
local expert who can give a local angle on a national news
headline. Make sure you point out your connection with the news
when you call the station.

What should you worry about when you go on the air? Joe Shafran,
who has helped thousands of people get on talk shows, says to go
to the bathroom and get a drink of water. Other than that, don't
worry. Talk show hosts are nice professionals who will help walk
you through your visit. Relax and speak clearly... and don't
forget to mention your phone number and web site at the end.

After your appearance is over, go home or back to your office and
write a thank you note to the host. Not many people do this and
radio folks really appreciate it. A handwritten thank you goes
miles toward getting you asked back again and again.

Now that you've mastered the local scene, go nationwide! You can
find radio stations by searching media for various cities. Also
go to the Radio and Records web site at
R&R is the main trade publication for the radio industry. You
can find more links to radio station web sites there.

Call and email stations to set up your appearance. You can do
interviews by telephone. Call the day before your appearance to
remind the host or producer. It's also a good idea to call about
15 minutes before your appearance to make sure everything is set.
Radio moves very quickly, so it's a good idea to follow up
several times to make sure you haven't been forgotten or moved.

Without good, interesting guests, talk radio shuts down. They
NEED you. Also consider music morning shows that do a lot of
talking. DJs often welcome outrageous or funny guests.

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