In high school, Ben Schwartz of Glenview, Illinois, worked as his school radio station’s programming director. Now in college at Ohio University studying journalism, Benjamin L. Schwartz has his own radio show with the school’s online radio station.
Many radio hosts and on-air personalities seem to have a golden voice handed to them from on high, but a great radio voice only comes after years of practice and hard work. Follow these three tips to help you find your own radio voice.
1. Enunciate – With your voice being all your listeners have to go by, you cannot mumble or mince your words. One of the first keys to a good radio voice is enunciating your speech well. Say each word clearly and slowly. If it feels weird or silly, practice in front of the mirror until speaking clearly feels more natural.
2. Recover Quickly from Misspeaking – No matter how articulate and seasoned you are, you will make the occasional mistake on air, like mixing two words or pronouncing something incorrectly. Prevent the mistake from getting too much attention by quickly recovering and moving on. The more you focus on the mistake, the more your listeners will, too.
3. Be Authentically You – Your first instinct might be to put on an act or to try and sound how you think radio announcers are supposed to sound, but pretending to be something you are not hides the qualities that make you unique. While you can always strive to make your delivery and quality better, there is no need to try hiding an accent, speaking with inauthentic vocabulary, or pretending to be someone else.