Week 6 (17/3): Voice breaks

Leave your bad mood behind! Making radio is fun😻 Image by Pexels from Pixabay



Check specific assessment task instructions in the Subject Guide.


  • Developing a framework for a voice break on air
  • Revision Develop techniques for ad libbing around material

Revision Task

I will set you a random task: record your best ad-lib, duration 30 secs.

Voice breaks

A voice break is another way of describing the bit where you turn on the microphone and talk!

We will look at the music announcer style of presentation and how to prepare a break using:

  • Station IDs
  • Promotions
  • Maintenance
  • Music

Here is a great sketch from the D-Gen. Today you’d know them as the team behind ‘Have you been paying attention?’

Would you believe this made it into the ARIA charts!!

Remember our exercises around tone and vocal shifts?

This is an aircheck that highlights why you need to change your tone and give each idea the value it deserves:

You are highlighting the very reason why people listen to the station. It’s about that, not you.

Radio presenters are the voice of the station; they create the tone and style of the station and establish a relationship for listeners. A good radio presenter knows how to captivate and engage their audience. The following qualities are what all great radio presenters possess.

When preparing to present on air there are some really important things to remember:

  • Mic technique

Where is your microphone in relation to your voice? Are you on mic or off mic? Can the audience tell the difference?

  • Preparation

This reminder from one of TAFE Radio’s BFF Ellie Angel should remind you of the importance of prep:

  • Leave your bad mood behind

The most difficult challenge for a lot of radio presenters is controlling their mood. No matter what is going on outside of work, or if you get an angry caller, always remain enthusiastic, energetic and positive. Enthusiasm is catchy and negativity drags everyone down.

  • Know your audience

It is important that you understand and relate to your audience so that they can relate to you. As a presenter you need to know and keep yourself informed about the latest news and trends so that your audience can connect with you.

  • Use social media

The world is now more connected that ever; your online presence will enable you to talk to your audience so that they can keep up to date with you, no matter if you are on-air or not. Social media also enables your audience to interact and engage with you and share their views to other listeners. Regularly check your social media during your show to give shout-outs and share interesting views.

A way to enhance your online presence is via your station’s website. Here, you could hold competitions and encourage listeners to share their opinions to increase online engagement.

  • Be authentic

What people love about presenters is their personalities. People who do not change their personality on air make the best presenters, don’t use unnatural words/phrases you wouldn’t normally use and never put on a fake laugh.

  • Address listeners as individuals

You should always present as if you are talking to a friend. Radio is an intimate medium, try to address your audience as “you” as much as you can rather than “listeners”.  Your listeners are usually multi-tasking and only half-listening – you should never pluralise your audience as this will break the bond between you and your listener.


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Author: veritychambers

Journalist and teacher

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