4.15.2016

Bill Cameron: City Hall fun

Bill Cameron has been covering Chicago's City Hall for several years, and currently reports for WLS-AM in Chicago. He talks about working at Channel 5 (NBC TV in Chicago); WMAQ Radio; why City Hall is the best show in town; why he thinks Chicago is so corrupt; how he maintains a good attitude; how he gets good sound; why he doesn't socialize with politicians; if anyone has tried to bribe him; why covering Capitol Hill seems boring; both Daley mayors (Richard J and Richard M); how getting rid of the fairness doctrine and telecom deregulation have hurt broadcast journalism; news radio competition; why he likes being a reporter more than an anchor; how he would improve news broadcasts; his Connected to Chicago show; how he gets politicians to speak more honestly; how Chicago has changed; working in Dayton, Ohio and at NBC News in New York; doing play-by-play for Big 10 games at Indiana University; radio stations WFIU and WSIV in Pekin, Illinois; calling high school games for WDWS in Champaign; what is "off the record" vs. "background;" avoiding spin; what news and accuracy are; why he likes using Twitter, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG141.mp3

2.24.2016

Jennifer Keiper: stellar news pro

Jennifer Keiper does news on WLS-AM and has had a long and successful radio news career. She talks about working at WLS; how the Internet has affected radio; how she got into the radio biz; her uncle's voiceover career; how she's been able to survive and thrive, being news director at WLS and public affairs director at B96; how she got a job at Fox News Radio; why network news is hard; the difference between doing national and local news; how reporting helps her be a better anchor; the stories she's covered; why she likes working with the Steve Dahl Show; how she remains objective about news and avoids opinions about stories; the difference between radio and TV; Fox News Radio's quality control; why she likes creating newscasts; effective writing; how she learned a lot from Karen Hand at B96; her early career; leaving WBBM Newsradio for WLS; advice for people who want to work in radio, and more. She also mentions WBBM's David Roe, John Dempsey, Jeff Goldblatt, and Steve Scott.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG140.mp3

12.14.2015

Rick Gregg: talented sportscaster

Rick Gregg is a sports reporter and anchor at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, and talks about his career and views, including what live games are like; working in locker rooms; what to do when athletes don't seem to say much; why writing is so important in sports broadcasting; why he likes doing sports more than news and how they're different; how he learned writing; working at radio stations in Carbondale (WSIU, WCIL, WJPF) and doing play-by-play; how he got to do news on WLS in Chicago; how he got hired at WBBM radio; doing sports in St. Louis; how writing for broadcast is different from other kinds of writing; how he quickly puts stories together on the road; why he likes podcasts (he's done voice work for the Disney World podcast); what it’s like to have a dream job; advice for people who want to work in sports, why talk radio will survive, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG139.mp3

11.28.2015

Creating a podcast: some tips

I just completed a long article that gives tips for creating a podcast, and you can read it at the Publicity Hound website. Part one is about equipment you'll need, and part two is about producing and publishing your podcast.

9.03.2015

Scott Childers: designed for radio

Scott Childers has been working in radio for over 25 years. He is the afternoon drive host and is the program director at Star 96.7 and talks about why he got into the business; why he didn't become an architect; working at WJTW 93.5 in Joliet; becoming one of the first traffic reporters for Metro Traffic; why doing traffic for both radio and TV is fun and how they're different; how he became a jock at 103-5 The Blaze; what it's like to be the boss and be on the air at the same time; why he wanted to be a PD and what he likes about it; why he likes being on the air; what made his mentor Tim Dukes so great (who's worked at WLUP The Loop, Next Media, Tribune, Q101); his excellent website about WLS Radio and his book Chicago's WLS Radio, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG138.mp3

7.21.2015

Brian "Sludge" Haddad: in the zone

Brian Haddad is the Creative Director and on-air host at sports radio 94WIP in Philadelphia and talks about how he handles show prep and production responsibilities; writing with Spike Eskin; how he comes up with effective imaging, including drama and storylines for promos; his work at WRCX Rock 103-5 (where Dave Richards was a great boss) and Q101 WKQX in Chicago; making the transition from music radio to sports radio; what made radio fun; what Metallica is like; Chris Farley in the Hancock; how his agent Steve Mandell has helped his career; why he went to WXCD The Zone from Q101, and how he dealt with being out of work after The Zone’s demise; his brief gig with Adam Carolla; why people should have more than one skill; his successful morning show in Richmond at WDYL Y101; doing mornings in Phoenix at KDKB-FM; how he landed at WIP; what makes a good sports show; how listeners responded to him when he was first in Philadelphia; working in Toledo Ohio at WIOT FM-104; how he got into radio; what's great about Detroit; advice for people who've lost jobs; how he realized that "every day I'm with myself," and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG137.mp3

6.17.2015

Spike Eskin: no yelling

Spike Eskin is the Program Director of sports radio 94WIP in Philadelphia and talks about Delaware county, Philadelphia's idiosyncrasies, if being from Philadelphia helps his reputation with listeners; working at WYSP in Philadelphia and Q101 in Chicago (where he was the assistant program director and music director); working in sports radio vs music radio and the difference between managing a music station and sports station; how music radio has changed; his sports podcast; why people should do their own projects and have their own websites; why he likes being a PD; dealing with air talent; the role of social media and the power of Twitter; how he rebranded himself when he was out of work and how his website helped him get work; why he didn't use his last name for a while; what it's like to be his dad's boss (sports media star Howard Eskin) and what he learned from him; radio yellers, interviewing Howard Stern, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG136.mp3

5.03.2015

Dobie Maxwell: honest expression

Dobie Maxwell is a comedian and has worked in radio throughout the country. He talks about how the comedy world has changed; how the Internet has affected the entertainment business; if TV helps a career; what Craig Ferguson is like; working at Zanies; how to understand an audience; dealing with hecklers; teaching comedy; his blog and newsletter; his upcoming book about a bank robbery that his former best friend was sent to prison for; working with Rick Kaempfer as a publisher and at WLUP "The Loop"; getting fired; working at 93 QFM in Milwaukee; his family; how his perspective on life changed in the past year; what drives people to be successful; why Rosie O’Donnell is a sweet person; why bookers get mad at him; what he regrets; what now-famous people he hung out with in LA; what he thinks of the radio business; how he first got into radio in Lansing, Michigan; why creative people should have a day job; how comedy is different from radio, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG135.mp3

2.11.2015

Lisa Fielding: radio news

Lisa Fielding is an anchor and reporter at WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. She talks about the difference between doing radio news and TV, and why she likes radio so much. Her media experience includes WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois; WIFR-TV and WROK-WZOK radio in Rockford, Illinois; Fox 47 News in Madison, Wisconsin; WVTV-WB in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and WSCR radio "The Score" in Chicago.

Lisa Fielding: radio news from Margaret Larkin.

1.14.2015

Bill Moller: writing and broadcasting

Bill Moller has worked in TV for several years, including CLTV in Chicago and First Business News (Weigel Broadcasting), and talks about his early years in Montana at the Montana Television Network and WESH-TV in Orlando. He also talks about news writing, what makes a good story, his consulting business, over-attribution, the broadcast news business, why news matters, presentation tips, how the media has changed, and why he likes radio (as of this posting, his show at WGN Radio is winding down).

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG134.mp3

12.31.2014

Jordan Bernfield: sports show prep

Jordan Bernfield: Sports Radio Prep from Margaret Larkin on Vimeo.


Jordan Bernfield talks about being at the Cubs game during the Steve Bartman incident and explains how he's been prepping for hosting the David Kaplan Show with Mark Carman on WGN Radio in Chicago.

11.23.2014

Spike O'Dell: rewarded by radio

Spike O'Dell is happily retired after spending several years at WGN radio. He talks about his radio career; why he retired; being a top 40 DJ; how he got into radio; how music radio and the radio business have changed; becoming Billboard Magazine's Top 40 Jock of the Year in a medium market; how he went from music radio to talk radio; how he got to WGN; working at KIIK-FM and KSTT in the Quad Cities and Iowa; why he left WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina; what it was like to take over mornings after Bob Collins died; dealing with his house burning down; and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG133.mp3

10.02.2014

Felicia Middlebrooks: 30-plus years at the top

Felicia Middlebrooks anchors the news with Pat Cassidy on WBBM Newsradio, which is consistently the top-rated station in Chicago. She talks about growing up in Gary, Indiana and its revitalization; working in the steel industry; working in radio in Northwest Indiana at WBAA-FM in Lafayette, WLTH, WJOB in Hammond, and WGVE; interning and working at CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) in Chicago; why she got into radio; having a good attitude; facing challenges; being the first woman to anchor morning drive for CBS Radio; how she got the morning news job and why she loves it; the lack of women in radio; advice for people who want to work in the media; the award-winning documentary she did about post-genocide Rwanda; the book Called that she wrote with Lisa Jefferson about 9/11; writing; interviewing famous people including President Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Alexander Haig, and Patti LaBelle; charities she works with; knitting scarves; working with men in the steel mills and radio; how she dealt with opposition, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG132.mp3

9.15.2014

Sam Panayotovich: driven (and youngest?) sports guy

Sam Panayotovich says he is the youngest guy on sports radio in Chicago; he hosts a show on 87.7 The Game with Jerry Riles, and hosts Preps Plus Chicago on WGN Radio and Campus Tailgate on The Game, both with Jordan Bernfield. He talks about his broadcasting start with Most Valuable Network in high school; being on the air on WEFT at the University of Illinois; how his dad was a state representative and was very good friends with infamous politician Ed Vrdolyak; working hard; talking sports on Garry Meier's show; reporting for the Blackhawks and Bears; interviewing Jay Cutler; why basketball is his favorite sport; how playing sports has helped him in media; why he respects Dan Patrick; his ultimate media gig; why he likes play-by-play (he currently does it for UIC men's basketball; advice he got from Roe Conn; why he likes doing radio; Serbian Christmas; Bob Collins; Mark Carman and napgate; cupcakes at Ken Smith's, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG131.mp3

8.07.2014

Derrick Young: positive TV talent

Derrick Young is a traffic reporter on CBS-TV in Chicago, and was discovered through a talent search. He talks about his schedule; working in the mortgage industry; how he got on TV; how he prepared for the contest; how Bart Shore, producer Beth Godvik, meteorologist Megan Glaros, Jim Williams, and others helped him; how working at IBM influenced his optimism; how he stays positive; how to change negative thinking; helping and mentoring kids; his speaking engagements; how to set goals; dealing with challenges and failure; his fitness and diet plan; being bullied; how to get into the media business; how being on TV has helped him; persistence, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG130.mp3

7.16.2014

Brian Tallerico: Roger Ebert and more

Brian Tallerico is the Content Editor of RogerEbert.com and talks about TV on Bill Moller's show on WGN Radio. He talks about his career; his interviews with Michael Pitt, Robert Redford, Jodie Foster, Errol Morris, Will Smith, Will Ferrell, Andy Sandberg, and Wes Craven; advice for interviewing; why Shia LaBeouf was his worst interview; what famous people are usually like; the value of criticism and film critics; if bad reviews matter; how he got into the reviewing business and became a film and TV critic; how he stayed motivated before he became part of the special class of critics; how the Internet has affected criticism; how he knew Roger Ebert; what he thinks of the Chicago TV and film scene; what makes a good review, and more. He also is Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association and helps organize their film festivals, edits the Magill's Cinema Annual, is the Playstation Guide for About.com, and writes for Film Threat and other sites.

Click the link below to play, or download it by right-clicking (on a PC) or holding down the CTRL key and clicking on it (for Mac).

http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG129.mp3

7.03.2014

Jeffrey T. Mason: super-passionate music radio host

Jeffrey T. Mason is on the air at WJMK/K-Hits in Chicago, and has been working in radio since he was a teenager. He talks about how he got into radio; his early gig at WYCL-FM in Boyertown-Reading, Pennsylvania; why stations don't want music DJs to talk too much; why he loves Chicago; working at 92.7 KISS-FM/WKIE-FM/WDEK-FM/WKIF-FM, WXXY-FM, and 94.7 WZZN the Zone; doing mornings on the dance station Energy 95.7/5; working in Indianapolis and how luxurious Emmis Communications' headquarters are; advice for getting into the biz; how he's dealt with changes and firings; why CBS is a great company; being talent vs being management; how to make a music station successful; being a teenage program director; working at 94.5 KOOL-FM in Phoenix, Arizona as an Assistant Program Director and on-air host; the worst interview with singer Jewel Kilcher; interviewing Cher; dealing with record reps; why he doesn't like doing morning shows; being persistent; his jingles and other audio; his online music station, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG128.mp3

5.20.2014

Ken Smith: Al Roker Jr and more

Ken Smith was known as "Al Roker Jr." on the Mancow show, and now does sports updates on Jonathan Brandmeier's show and has his own show on The Game Chicago. He talks about how he got his nickname; why he got gastric bypass surgery; the south side and living near President Barack Obama; working at V103/WVAZ-FM with Richard Steele, John Davis, George Willborn, John Monds, and Bonnie DeShong; meeting Ray Charles and James Brown; working at white and black radio stations; being a Rush and Duran Duran fan; how he got on the Mancow show; being the only black person around white people; working for Mancow’s show at Q101 and Rock 103.5; naked adventures; the Howard Stern/Mancow rivalry; his podcast, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG127.mp3

5.02.2014

Bernie Eagan: lifelong radio fun

Bernie Eagan is on the air afternoons/evenings at B105.7/WYXB in Indianapolis, and has spent his entire career in Indiana. He's amazingly been with Emmis Communications for over 30 years. He talks about his start in radio when he was 14; working in Hartford City, at WERK in Muncie, and at WENS; what it's like to be blind; how people have responded to him and helped him; braille; how he successfully studied in school; Eric Garnes and Paul Mendenhall; how radio has changed; getting fired; famous people he's met; his DJ business; why he loves radio; advice, perseverance, and more. I got to know him when he contacted me after he listened to the Greg Brown interview I did.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG126.mp3

4.17.2014

Marcus Leshock: super TV talent

Marcus Leshock hosts segments on the WGN­-TV Morning News, and fills in for the "Around Town" segment (hosted by Ana Belaval and produced by Tom Barnas). He started in television hosting the "Metromix" show on CLTV, and talks about being a pop culture geek; his Fantasy Football Festivus podcast with Steve Lippo (a WGN sports producer); talking sports on The Game radio station with Harry Teinowitz and Jarrett Payton; doing TV vs radio; how he got into TV; advice for getting in the biz and on his segments; what makes a good story, and more.

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http://radiogirl.us/audio/RG125.mp3