MORNING SHOW DEMO
QUESTION: I have been doing mornings here for four years
and am ready for the challenge of a bigger market. What is standard length for
a morning show demo? Mine currently runs 5:30, but I'd like to add a
news/sportscast on the end to increase my marketability as a co-host.
How long is too long? Also, how much of it should include the basics
(wx, promo, etc.)? Will a PD assume you can handle them or you wouldn't be
in AM drive?
DAN REPLIES: I'd suggest you put the news/sportscast on
the flip side of your cassette (using a short enough tape that the
PD can just flip it over and begin playing Side 2 without rewinding).
Morning show demo tend to run longer than other day parts, because most
morning shows are much more talk-intensive. 5:30 isn't too long
if each element you include is unique - i.e., doesn't replicate
another segment of your tape. One song parody, one interview excerpt,
one phoner, etc. Although it might sound like just a sample hour
of your show, in reality you should select each segment for a very
specific reason: tos how off your comedy, your basics, your ad-libbing,
your flow, etc.
The same rule applies to basics: Let the PD hear you do one each of
several different basics (song intro, weather, liner, etc.).
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