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Top 4 Radio Books You Should Read Today for Broadcasting Success

November 1, 2020 | Winston 

Part of becoming the best radio presenter and running a successful operation is gaining the right knowledge. 

Radio books are very important. They delve into more complex topics and are a bit more detailed than blog posts, podcasts or video tutorials. 

There is no equal replacement for the books featured on this list. And you should check them out to increase and broaden your radio knowledge.

1. Essential Radio Skills: How to present and produce a radio show (Professional Media Practice)

Essential radio skills

Written in a conversational and laid-back style, the Essential Radio Skills book covers all you need to know to present and produce radio to the highest standards.

As a former broadcaster for BBC Radio with over 15 years of practical experience, Peter Stewarts uses his rich experience to offer critical advice on becoming the best live broadcasting presenter in the radio world.

You'll learn all about preparing a radio show, equipment needed to broadcast, and details that other books may overlook such as dealing with last-minute changes, song decisions, promotion of products and vocal delivery. 

Readers have walked away more knowledgeable and ready to work in network, music, commercial, and talk radio stations. 

Another key reason to get this book is the real world examples and professional advice shared by other top presenters. 

You'll be in the capable hands of Peter and award-winning presenter turned lecturer and trainer.  Whether you're starting out or have been broadcasting internet radio for a while now, the book is an invaluable guide.

Did you know it's one the few books recommended for BBC Training?


2. Radio Secrets: An insider’s guide to presenting and producing powerful content for broadcast and podcast

Radio secrets - Radio Book

Modern and detailed — Radio Secrets shares the vital skills needed by a top-performing presenter. Targeted at radio presenters and podcasters, it teaches how to capture the listeners’ attention. It has interesting perspectives about building a long fulfilling career. 

You'll know how to charm your audience, distinguish yourself, become more likable, and thrive in the cut-throat podcast world.

David shares secret methods of understanding audience behavior with clear and refined examples. Having worked for 40 years in the industry, he offers his vast broadcast experience to his readers.

Radio Secrets also delves into the techniques for producing captivative content. You'll learn formatting techniques and music presentation. If you are launching a new radio show, Radio Secrets will be invaluable for its preparation, presentation and production tips. 

We feel that learning how to relate with the audience, whether you are a newcomer or a professional, will never become irrelevant.


3. The Radio Station, Eighth Edition: Broadcast, Satellite and Internet 8th Edition

The Radio station - Radio book

The Radio Station provides comprehensive explanation of broadcast, satellite, and internet radio. 

Prepare to learn how radio stations work, including the roles assigned to professionals in the studio. The author explains how each department operates and collaborates with other stakeholders to produce the best content. 

Dr. Michael also examines the radio industry as a whole. The book outlines the effects of government regulations on the radio industry, the contribution of key industry executives, and radio industry statistics. It also covers upcoming rules and regulations, station management, and radio station clustering. 

You’ll see how radio presenting evolved from its traditional forms and its present trajectory. Other key topics include new technologies, expansion of the digital sector, evolving formats and the use of mobile devices, blogs and podcasts. 

Micheal C. Keith has served as a faculty member at Boston College’s Communication Department since 1993. He is a prolific source on electronic media with has earned him several honors such as the Stanton Fellow Award awarded by the International Radio-Television Society.


4. Beyond Powerful Radio: A Communicator's Guide to the Internet Age―News, Talk, Information & Personality for Broadcasting, Podcasting, Internet, Radio 2nd Edition

Beyon powerful radio - radio book

Beyond Powerful Radio provides a comprehensive guide for radio and podcast presenters looking to better their craft and become distinguished in the modern world.

Presented in a conversational and intriguing way, you'll find it easy to read and understand with plenty of actionable tips to implement.

Learn how to produce shows, host guests, cover breaking stories, and advertise commercial products on-air.

Valerie Geller also collected tips from over 100 professionals on how they built competent teams, developed and marketed their brand. There are tips on selling your own products and researching about your audience.

Craft a powerful personality and learn how to entertain and grow your listenership by leveraging storytelling all in one radio book.

Valeria Geller serves as the president of Geller Media Interational. As an International broadcast consultant, she delivers keynotes at radio and television media seminars. Her clients are the who and who in the broadcasting world such as the BBC, ABC, NPR and CBS. 


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