- The Balance of Art and Science: When the age of research in radio was still very young in the early 80s rock consultant Lee Abrams was probably the first to tell all of us about the need to balance the data (science) we were seeing with the creativity (art) we all needed to keep injecting into the products. It still applies today. Research has probably taken on a lot more weight on the scales which makes the art side a lot more important. Keep that balance in mind all the time and your product will be a lot more entertaining than it is.
- You Still Need A Plan: You just can't throw ideas all over the room or station without having a plan to organize them, execute them and make sure they balance with the science side of programming.
- Become the Audience: Get out of the studio and the station with your ideas and try and hear/visualize them from the audience's perspective. Remember it's about the audience not about our internal world.
- Leave Room for Improv: While you need that plan (the science) you also have to have room to make it spontaneous (or at least sound that way). You also need to make room for the last minute - on the spot ingredient that is key to radio's uniqueness.
- Know where you're going: What is the punch line, where is the exit, who has the joke, what are you trying to promote? Make sure the goal you had when reached for your gut is still attainable in the execution.
- Don't Over cook: Nothing worse than a burnt steak - if it's a little undercooked you can still send it back for a little more heat. Once it's burnt it's toast.
- Be Paitent - It takes time to make creativity stick with the audience. They may not get it right away and that may be the big reason it works in the end.
These tips may sound like we are going back and forth - and we are. That's how you balance Art and Science.