radio day posts

Is Research Dead?
19.07.19

Research can sometimes have a bad reputation in PR circles, but in our experience, radio in particular still has an appetite for a story based on numbers.  Many of the most successful broadcast days we do are based around some sort of new research.  But with so much competition for air-time, how can you make your research appeal to broadcasters? 

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The Benefits of an Outside Broadcast  
01.05.19

To OB, or not to OB? That is the question…Whilst many radio days can be completed from the comfort of our lovely Bloomsbury studio, there are some which can benefit from the atmosphere of an outside broadcast (OB).  

An OB typically consists of studio equipment which is set up in a remote location, outside of a studio. It means live and pre-recorded interviews can be conducted with more context and atmosphere. Potentially (technology allowing) it can be done from anywhere: an event, a ship-launch, a field…you are only limited by your imagination. So, if you’re tossing up the pros and cons of an OB for an upcoming campaign, this should give you more of an idea of what it’s all about.  

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Lessons Learnt: Running Your Own Radio Station
18.04.19

With trepidation, and ten seconds to go before the computer clock turned 1100, we pressed “Play” and Shout! Digital Radio was broadcasting.  And actually, for the one day we were on-air, it went really well.    

All our content for the six hours we broadcast last Friday (12th April, 2019) was pre-recorded and I think that was the right decision.  It meant that we could edit down and air the very best content from the amazing line-up of speakers who joined us.    I have a background as a radio and television journalist, which involved umpteen (sometimes heart-stopping) live broadcasts; but, for Shout! Digital Radio, there was reassurance in knowing all the interviewees were there – no one was going to be lost because of technology or on account of them going to our old studio address!   

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Why run your own radio station – as part of a broadcast PR campaign
05.04.19

On Friday 12th April, 2019, Shout! Communications is running its own radio station. We’ll be broadcasting online and talking about PR – with a special nod to broadcast PR, of course.  How the sector promotes itselfthe extent to which Brexit is affecting the industry and the big shake-ups that have taken place in radio so far this year, are just some of the topics that will be hitting the air-waves.   

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Latest RAJAR figures reveal interesting trends across the UK
Implications of the latest RAJAR figures for broadcast PR
12.02.19

The main headlines see the total reach drop more significantly in London over the past 12 months than across the rest of the UK. Total UK radio audiences were down 0.9% in Q4/18 compared with Q4/17. In the capital the drop was 3.9% – with some stations losing hundreds of thousands of listeners. Regardless of this, 88% of the population listen to the radio at some point each week (48.4 million people). 

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The benefits of Broadcast PR
06.11.18
You’ve spent months developing your campaign, have perfected the key messages and completed the final touches. So how do you now make sure it reache...
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Listening Figures Drop For Radio 4’s Today Programme
07.08.18

Radio 4’s Today programme is so often the icing on the cake in a broadcast PR campaign, so it could come as a shock to many of us in the industry to learn this flagship news show has suffered a fall in listening figures.

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Ways to work key messages and branding into a radio or TV interview
18.07.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


So, you’ve booked in your broadcast campaign and the launch day has finally arrived. Now it’s showtime and the pressure is on your spokesperson to weave in key messages and branding within the interviews, to keep you, or if you’re an agency, your client happy.

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Is local radio underappreciated?
26.06.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Much like comparing TV to radio, some stories simply aren’t made for everything. If you’ve got a story with a visual aspect then TV will, naturally, be more appropriate than radio. However, if your campaign is based on spreading information to the masses using spokespeople and statistics, then radio will be the way to go.

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Should Broadcast PR be separate from “mainstream” PR?
12.06.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


At Shout! Communications we don’t think broadcast PR IS separate from “mainstream” PR, and it has always amazed us that there are those in the industry who think it is anything other than an integral part of any campaign.

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What caught our eye in radio and TV news this week
05.06.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


There’s always something going on in the pop culture world, but perhaps the most exciting news for many reality TV fans across the UK this week is the beginning of Love Island, Season 4. If you’re a dedicated listener, chances are you may have heard presenter Nick Grimshaw’s announcement this week – he’s moving to the drive slot from September, swapping with fellow Radio 1 presenter Greg James.

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RAJAR Q1 2018 Results & Analysis
22.05.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


The latest RAJAR figures are just out, reflecting the first 3 months of this year, and there are some surprising outcomes to say the least.

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The Perfect Case Study for your Broadcast PR Campaign
15.05.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


Case studies are an excellent way to attract a broadcaster’s attention; whether you’re pitching to TV, radio or online, journalists always appreciate this way of making a story more relevant to their audience.

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Top tips to make your radio day go with a zing
08.05.18

by Matt Napier, Broadcast Assistant


Forward planning, the perfect spokesperson, timing, availability… so much more goes into a radio day than you’d think. Read on for some top tips on how to make your radio day a success.

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Why clients love broadcast PR
24.04.18

By Kate Fallis, Broadcast PR Consultant


Securing broadcast coverage can be the cherry on top of a great campaign, bringing all elements together on television and radio to reach millions, so it’s no wonder our clients love it! If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re someone who has either had first-hand experience with, or is interested in broadcast PR.

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Is broadcast PR expensive?
13.03.18

By Keren Haynes, Co-Director


Is broadcast PR expensive?   It sounds like it should be, given how influential and wide-reaching television and radio can be.

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RAJAR Q4 2017 – figures proving radio is here to stay
20.02.18

By Arthur Perkins, Broadcast PR Consultant


The latest RAJAR figures are out and it looks like good news for breakfast shows. For those of you not in the know, RAJAR stands for Radio Joint Audience Research and it’s the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK; the organisation is jointly owned by the BBC and Radiocentre, on behalf of the commercial sector.

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RAJAR Q3 2017 – what does it mean for radio?
31.10.17

by Arthur Perkins


Rajar, the official body in charge of measuring radio audiences in the UK, has just released their Q3 figures for 2017, and there have been some surprising results.

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What makes perfect PR research?
24.10.17

by Catherine Bayfield, Co-Director at Shout! Communications


What would PR practitioners do without research? Some would say research has had its day, but we know that newsrooms short of resources no longer have the budget to fill every bulletin with investigative or breaking news stories. Often they’re grateful for some engaging content.

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Why PRs shouldn’t dismiss local radio
15.08.17

Clients will always want national coverage, and while national radio is clearly a great get, there are also other ways to reach your target audience.

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Who should be my broadcast spokesperson?
25.07.17

Kate Fallis highlights some of the things to keep in mind for choosing the perfect spokesperson for your next broadcast PR campaign.

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Can effective media training be done remotely?
18.07.17

Rory Green, videographer at Shout! Communications explains why remote media training could be a perfect solution for your spokesperson.

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Top tips to make your next radio day a success
20.06.17

If you want to reach millions of people across the UK, why not consider a radio day? A radio day is a great way to get your key messages across and make your brand stand out.

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Podcast power: the perfect PR podcast
30.05.17

Podcasts are available anytime, anywhere! This has led to the podcast becoming an increasingly useful tool for Broadcast PR and an essential tool in modern PR strategy. This blog documents the key requirements for getting your podcast used on-air by broadcasters to really boost your radio campaign and secure maximum coverage.

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Why the relationship between PRs and Journalists is so important
23.05.17

Kate Fallis writes on her experiences after jumping the fence from broadcast journalist to PR professional…

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Could a sports star lead you to victory in your next campaign?
16.05.17

Having the right voice behind your next broadcast campaign is important – so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using an athlete spokesperson.

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When a big story breaks…
04.04.17

Shout! Communications Director Keren Haynes looks at the best plan of action for PRs when a big story story takes over the news.

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How to make the most of an outsourced radio day
31.01.17

Brands, businesses and organisations love radio days because it’s a guaranteed way to communicate key messages to often millions of listeners. Responsibility for the quantity and quality of coverage will be safely in our hands – but there are some things you can do too, to ensure your company gets the most out of the day. Here are some of our tips:

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Matt Williams Small Talk
20.09.16

Shout! Communications recently held a Small Talk with BBC Radio 2 sports presenter and reporter, Matt Williams. Matt presents the sport on the Sony Award-winning Simon Mayo Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2. The show regularly reaches around 6.5 million people every week.

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How to Prepare Your Client For a Radio Day
30.08.16
By Arthur Perkins   Radio interviews are often hard won but they offer the most fantastic coverage in return once they’re clinched. So ho...
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