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Along with planning a forthcoming mini-seminar on interviewing, I am thinking about how talk radio programs differ from each other.
Making comparisons about talk shows began in my mind when I realized that what I’d like to schedule in the evening are “conversation” shows. There aren’t many good conversation shows being produced, and some good ones have thrown in the towel.
Ruth Kosielak, long time professional radio host on WCCO, Minneapolis, spent a few years producing a conversation program on the internet, recorded at her kitchen table with two friends visiting and talking. But lack of sponsorship ended the show.
Sam and Deidre, law partners in Alabama, did a weekly show from Deidre’s kitchen table, sharing their views in a conversational way, but lack of interest by radio stations ended their effort.
The TWiT Network at twit.tv does their computer oriented radio programs in a semi-formal conversational style, adding to the fun of listening.
TWiRT, This Week in Radio Tech, uses a friendly conversational style to share radio engineering experience.
Allan Weiner Worldwide on WBCQ The Planet does a free-wheeling talk show surrounded by his friends and taking listener calls.
Right now I’m putting talk shows into three categories: formal, semi-formal and informal. An example of an informal show would be several I’ve heard in which a group of friends drink beer and talk trash.
Formal talk includes newscasts and extended journalistic reports and very formulaic programs.
The conversational style falls in the middle, as semi-formal.
All of this does relate to interviewing since any two-way conversation contains at least a degree of interviewing, which amounts to “drawing someone out” by inviting their knowledge and opinion.