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LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICE RADIO BROADCASTING 

Gordon Mercer, Past Pi Gamma Mu International President

One of our Pi Gamma Mu Ideals is Service which relates to the many ways we can serve our communities through projects that help others.  Public service radio broadcasting is one area that is both a career-builder and an important way to serve your community.  For the past 17 years, I have hosted a community service radio broadcast as a volunteer interviewing nonprofits and elected leaders.  My background includes professor of political science, past president of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, and being a Board Member of Pi Gamma Mu.  Recent half-hour broadcasts have included the Macon County Women’s History Trail, the 4-H Club, Habitat for Hounds which builds adequate housing for cats and dogs, our local Gem and Mineral Museum, local colleges, Pi Gamma Mu Students, career service nonprofits, local emergency service agencies, authors, and musicians. Recent interviews with local officials include mayors, county commissioners, state legislators, local town leaders, veteran program coordinators, and senior center agencies.

Nonprofits appreciate being interviewed on local radio because it is often hard to get their messages out with limited staff and resources and they often want to engage in fundraising.  Elected officials need to get public policy information directly to citizens through radio broadcasting and citizens enjoy listening.

It is important, when you talk with a local radio station, to have a well-thought-out plan. This includes ideas for some citizens you wish to interview and also the length of your interviews that links well with local needs.  Some local host radio interviewers prefer to interview people that come to the radio station at selected times and others prefer to do an onsite interview.  Onsite interviews require special equipment that is compatible with your local radio station and the ability to upload it to your local station.  You will want to give your show a name with an opening statement.  I call my program, “Citizens Making a Difference.”  Interviews are usually recorded in advance and are played at the same time every week to allow listeners to know when to listen, as you will develop regular followers.  A once-a-week interview helps your community become better informed at the local level and facilitates cooperation.

Once you have presented your proposal to your local radio station and been given a start date, preparation is very important. Coordinating the time and place with the person you are interviewing is obviously important.  Studying online material for your programs in advance is also very important and the person being interviewed and I usually agree on questions in advance of the interview, although as the interview advances new questions may be needed.   Working and coordinating with your local radio station will be critical to your success.  As I got started in local broadcasting, listening to interviews of the late Studs Turkel, a Chicago Broadcaster, helped me a lot.  If public service volunteer broadcasting for a half hour each week interests you and you want more information contact Professor Gordon Mercer at [email protected] and I will be glad to respond. 

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Gordon Mercer (far left) interviews Professor Don Livingston (left center) and students from Western Carolina University.

 

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