Grab Your Listener!

Written by Scott Herrold. Posted in Uncategorized

Economy of words is KEY in breaking through our listener’s busy life. Let’s be honest, we all over explain. Take 10 minutes and listen to one of your airchecks this week and look for the spaces you could have used more words with meaning, so you can have less filler. Use VERBS instead of adjectives. (Verbs are action words, while adjectives are descriptors)


Look for the ways to grab our listener’s attention in the first 15 seconds of EVERY break. Yes, every break should have a grab right up front because our listeners are distracted. Headline where you are going, so you can grab the listener’s attention right off the bat. After you intentionally grab their attention, dive into the story/the content/the spiritual thought or the discussion question. Start with a bang by grabbing the listener’s attention FIRST. That’s how you cut through in your show.


Intentionally use words with meaning! The Wizard of Ads, Roy H Williams explains how here. Cut the clutter by using more VERBS and start with something that will grab our listeners in every break.  

-Scott Herrold

Building Discussions On Air

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Is there texture in your show? Are your discussions actually inviting to new people? Think about your strategy in how you use recorded audio to build momentum!

Using artist audio can add texture and interactivity to your show. Just because you have recorded audio from Tobymac or Lysa TerKeurst doesn’t mean you have to use it only as an interview! Use your artists/authors & local pastors as experts! You can use their audio to start a discussion with listeners! Here’s a strategy idea: 

Start a discussion by sharing a personal story about something that’s topical this week and invite listeners to call. (Then you play a song.) Right after the song, you reset what you’re talking about and invite your listeners to call again. Right after you give the phone number, play a great clip from an author like Mark Batterson chiming in with his opinion. Invite the listener to call again before your play your next two songs. Maybe even follow up after a few songs with a recorded clip from a different author like Louie Giglio addressing the same faith topic! (Use your archived audio like Mark & Louie are guests just responding in your show!) You can do the same with any artist audio you have in the archives. Use them as experts!

We have a TON of dry audio like this in our DRY CALLS page for our paid members. Join us if you want to add some texture to your show! A paid membership is $40 per month and there are no contracts. You can try it and cancel anytime!

Building call in discussions is all about setting momentum! Look at each call, each personal story or each artist clip as a power up on your journey toward flight. Your stories strategically build momentum. Plot out the way you will use audio to build that!  

** I suggest you have 2 different pieces of audio edited and ready BEFORE you start the discussion on the air! (Call a friend and ask their opinion if you need a call starter or a follow up to your discussion with a community leader.) -Scott Herrold / Morning Show Host at SOS Radio

Schedule Matters!

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When summer plans are cancelled, a lot of parents stress about how to keep their kids busy. Psychologists say the best thing you can do is set a schedule for your child in the summer. Schedule regular wake up time, chore time, meal times and make sure to schedule a regular bed time! I want to be strategic in scheduling some sports time to force the kids to get outside. In addition, I want to be strategic about helping my kids grow spiritually this summer. Here’s some idea starters!

Your news is boring. You need conflict and characters

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It’s just news if you have no characters. Bland, boring information doesn’t evoke much of a response. You are a storyteller and you can contrast light from darkness when you focus on the characters in the human interest stories you share.

Film director & screenwriter, Jean Luc Godard said, “Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.” Click for more!

Don’t Fear The WHAT IF’s!

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The Devil uses the same playbook over and over again! Six weeks ago he was stirring up fear about the WHAT IF’s, and he’s doing it again this week.

Last month the fear was: WHAT IF the economy tanks? WHAT IF my income drops? What if my industry doesn’t bounce back as quick as others? WHAT IF this drama lasts longer than a month? The WHAT IF’s will always drive you crazy because they remind you that you are not in control!

Today he’s using the SAME playbook again. WHAT IF we open too soon? WHAT IF our government makes a mistake? WHAT IF our sales/donations don’t bounce back in a month work? WHAT IF more people get sick in the fall and this swings back worse than what we’re dealing with now?

It’s the SAME playbook with a twist on days’s events. Focus your eyes back on Jesus – not on your circumstances! WHAT IF God actually shows up in a bigger way than you could ever imagine?

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7

This Side Of Easter…

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This was an interesting Easter weekend, but many churches said they actually had MORE people watch their church services online this week, than they have ever had in their building. It’s funny to say “watch” instead of “participate,” but isn’t that the reality of what most non-believers do even when they attend a church in person for the first time? They don’t know the songs, they don’t know when to stand up or sit down, they don’t want to shake everyone’s hand or be singled out. They don’t know much about the pastor or the people leading worship on stage. They feel out of place because they know they aren’t part of the regular club,  but they are taking it all in, hoping God speaks to them in a special way. Think about all the new people who are tuning into your show this week. Do they know the songs? Do they know the Christian buzzwords? Do they know the artists leading worship?What do they know about you and your personalities on the air? Think about what you can intentionally do to welcome these people in to grow deeper with you! Think about how you can develop more on ramps to get them up to speed and invite them to plug in deeper. Don’t talk at them, wrap your arm around them and encourage them. Love them to life and show them they are welcome regardless of where they are in their faith journey . If you need help, contact us at Creative Cardio Showprep!

Fear In The News

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“Find the helpers when you want to share hope. You can always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers.

Look for stories where you can share the heart of the helpers! Our world has been crazy this week, and it doesn’t look like that will change tomorrow. God has given you a circle of influence to share hope and encouragement in your show. You don’t have to mention Corona at all, just share stories that point your listeners to God’s goodness and the generous heart of people. Look into God’s word for encouragement. Actually listen to the words in the songs you are playing! Champion a heart of service. Champion a heart of gratefulness. Champion generosity. Be a hope dealer! 

If you need showprep, just walk through your grocery store and talk to people! Look for those who appear stressed. Ask how you can serve them. Ask about their experience this week. It might be hustling for childcare, fear of being laid off, no toilet paper in stock, babysitters cancelling, hours cut at work, the election, no lunches at school for the kids since it’s cancelled, the losses in their 401k if they are elderly, fear of infecting someone if you feel under the weather, or it might be worry over their elderly parents who live alone. Think about where your listener is right now, and how you can speak to their need.

FREE Thanksgiving DRY CALLS!

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Traditional English roast with Yorkshire pudding & summer vegHere’s some DRY Thanksgiving calls you can use in your imaging or voice trax. If you’re doing a live show, the dry calls are great call starters to get your listeners calling.

Download the calls here!

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The Why Behind Our Pledge Drive

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megaphoneThis year I want to help my listeners better comprehend the reason “why” our radio station exists. Our “why” is different than every other media option our listeners engage with. I want to help our listeners visualize where we’re going. I want to better frame the WHY behind what we are doing.

I think about the way Dr. Martin Luther King shared his dream for what our country could look like. He didn’t say “we need to do this” or “you need to change” or “people need to stop doing.” He simply cast a dream and invited America into it.

Some of the most compelling pledge drive breaks actually cast vision for the listener. Here’s a few ideas you could use to share a dream for what God could do through your radio community.

I want to be a part of something that is really changing lives!
I want to be part of something that encourages others!
I want to be part of something that challenges our kids!
I want to be a part of the solution and not the problem!
I want to see a revival in our city!
I want to be part of shifting our  culture!
I want to encourage the people around me!
I want to challenge the next generation to really step up & shine a light for God!
I want to see God do even more in this city!
I want to be a part of real life change!
I want to see my money go farther than my own resource!
I want to help dream up solutions!
I want to build into my neighborhood!
I want to help make this city a better place to live!
I want to see more Christians doing real art!
I want to build something that will be here for my children!
I want to connect with Christian music on my iPhone!
I want to reach people in cities that don’t have Christian radio!
I want to reach people in some of the darkest countries of the world with the hope of Jesus!
I want to help bring the churches together in this city!
I want to see my church grow!
I want to be a light in the darkness
I want to help be the ‘shift’ that our culture needs!
I want to fuel something that others are also investing in!
Our desire is to share the hope of Jesus with even more people this year!
We desire to bring even more family friendly events to this city!
We want to connect more people with local churches!
We want to encourage even more people to make God’s world their moral and spiritual foundation!
We believe the local church is the hope of the world!
We want to challenge your kids to life boldly for Christ!
We desire to see a new generation of children growing up with Christian music!
We want to tackle the the most challenging social issues in our city!
We want to see our kids singing worship music in the car!
We want to help churches thrive in our city!
We want to give even more people a place to plug in with!
We want to share news and information from a Christian perspective!
We want to connect you into a community that challenges your relationship with God and with other Christians!
When I give, I feel like I’m part of the solution!
When I live generously, money doesn’t have any control over my life!
When I give, my money helps the less fortunate right here in town!
When I give,  I’m helping to share the hope of Jesus with people who are struggling!
I’m investing in the life change that’s going on behind this radio ministry!
I want to see hearts softened in our community!
I love the way God’s working inside our city!
I want to be a problem solver. I want to be an organizer. I want to be a world changer!
I want my kids growing up with Christian music because I believe in the power behind it!

I want to invest in the ministry behind this radio station!