Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Interview

By October 14, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

The Midweek team has survived a grand total of two live radio shows. That means we’re experts… right?

Well, not quite. But we’re getting there. And if there’s anything we’ve learned this term, it’s that a few helpful pointers can go a long way. So, for all of you out there looking to do some radio producin’ of your own, here are some tips and tricks from the experts here at Midweek.

The Perfect Interview

We like to think of the perfect interview as something of a Holy Grail – or at the very least, a cornerstone to journalistic success.

In a radio show you might not always have your listeners’ full attention, so it’s important to ask clear, concise, and interesting questions. If you have time, do a pre-interview to discover your guest’s most interesting answers.

Here’s a wide-eyed Tom Hardy doppelgänger with a few more interview tips.


Sounds Like…

When it comes to radio, sound is important. Obviously.

It’s important to get clear, noise-free sound so your listeners don’t get distracted. Here are our tips for sound:

1. First, make sure you find an area with little-to-no background noise to record your source. Radio is intimate so don’t be afraid to get close, close, close. This will make your life much easier in the editing room.

2. Sit down. Sit straight. Relax. Proper posture and calm breathing will bring out a strong, clear voice from both you and your interviewee.

3. Wrap the microphone cord around your arm twice or three times. Snaking the cord around your arm will keep the cord in place, reducing the possibility of that ear-itching, guttural cord noise.

4. Do not point the microphone directly at the mouth like you see on television. Instead, put the mic off to the side of your source’s mouth, at a 45 degree angle about 6 inches away. This will help prevent “popped Ps” that sound so bad on air.

And there you have it. If you found this helpful or if you have any tips to add, let us know!

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