Ra­dio pre­sen­ter shows the ropes to guides

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

RON Tan­nock – whose time was bought at a celebrity auc­tion – proved he was value for money as he gave Gayn­dah Girl Guides an in­sight into com­mu­nity ra­dio. While the Bur­nett River Ra­dio 91.5 FM pre­sen­ter en­cour­aged the guides to con­sider the in­dus­try, he ex­plained the keys to on-air suc­cess.

“The best ad­vice I re­ceived was from Sydney pre­sen­ter De­clan O’Cal­laghan: ‘When you talk on the mic keep it short and sweet’,” Mr Tan­nock said. “Talk like you’re among friends, be your­self and let your per­son­al­ity flow through.”

The pre­sen­ter of Thurs­day night’s Ir­ish mu­sic re­quest pro­gram said lis­ten­ers re­sponded true to their per­son­al­i­ties.

“One caller oc­ca­sion­ally rings to­wards the end of my pro­gram with a re­quest for ‘real Ir­ish mu­sic’. It takes a lot of con­cen­tra­tion to do a good, flow­ing pro­gram with­out mis­takes,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing there was “noth­ing worse than big gaps of si­lence on-air”, he showed his back-up CD, and stressed the need to pre-lis­ten to mu­sic tracks to en­sure no of­fen­sive lan­guage mis­tak­enly went to air.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

GUIDED TOUR OF RA­DIO: Gayn­dah Girl Guides cashed in a celebrity auc­tion prize by learn­ing about com­mu­nity ra­dio from Bur­nett River Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Ron Tan­nock. Back, from left: Alexis Lai­dler, Ni­cole Dakin, Ge­or­gia Lai­dler. Front: Amy Thomp­son, Paula Bar­num, MacKin­ley Poin­ton, Mr Tan­nock, Sa­ma­rah-Lee Davis and Zoe Rolls.

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