Radio presenter shows the ropes to guides
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.
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.