How to Create An Audition Tape For A Radio Station
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If you ever dreamed of working on the Radio, you must first have a demo tape to send to a Program Director. It is not that hard if you prepare, practice and plan.
- Find a recording good audio recording source. Your best bet is a computer.
- Find and install a program to record your voice.
- Do a search on about.com for "Free Recording Software" and download the program(s) you are interested in using.
- Install the software and hook up a microphone if your computer doesn't already have one built in.
- Prepare some scripts to include: weather, a short :30 second commercial, and a promotional announcement.
- Decide the order you will record your scripts in. Make sure you use the station name.
- Practice what you want to say, sound natural and sound friendly.
- Record your voice with the scripts you have prepared.
- When you are satisfied with your presentation, burn it to CD and label it nicely with your name, phone number and email address.
- Call the station and ask the name of the Program Director.
- Mail your CD To the Program Director with a short introductory letter and a resume.
- Follow up with a phone call in a week.
- Program Directors are very busy. If they don't like what they hear in the first 15 seconds, they'll stop listening.
- Record your demo in the style of the station you are sending it to.
- Make sure you tell the Program Director in your letter that you are flexible in your hours.
- Accept any offer from a station. Small things always lead to bigger thing.
- Don't worry about being fancy. The Program Director understands. He bascially wants to just get an idea about you.
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