Month: November 2019

November 29, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Counseling Programs: The New Hype in the Radio Industry

The earlier generation lived on radio and television as entertainment. While TV is a still a permanent fixture in the household, radios are rarely seen in people’s homes nowadays. Many people are saying that it is the end of the radio industry, while it is true to some extent. People are not buying radio players, cassette tapes, CDs, and its various accessories but it doesn’t follow that radio is considered as a dead industry. “The radio can have odd functions for patients’ (and all of our) psyches.”, according to Peter D. Kramer, an American psychiatrist.

 

For the past two decades, the world has been witness to the advancement of technology and the magnitude of its effort to people’s daily lives. Music can now be accessed through various means and different avenues. Any song can be found online in a matter of seconds, and the consumer can buy the song or stream it through YouTube, Spotify or Apple Music.

Due to these changes, it is safe to assume that the radio industry is dwindling down; however, studies show the opposite from the expected projection of the industry. Nielsen revealed a report which states that the second quarter of 2015 has shown the highest number of people listening to radio ever recorded. Also in the 1st to the 3rd quarter of 2015, it was recorded that 245 million people had the chance to listen to the radio at least once a week. The number is 91% of the American population above twelve years old, and this fact is a gem to the advertisers.

The New Radio

The vital reason why radio still exists in our society is due to its accessibility and availability. Most people with cars listen to the radio on their way to school or work. After travel or commute during peak hours, the number of listeners drops as they turn to a different mode such as mobile phones, computers, mp3, etc. occurs.

Many experts believe that the essence of radio might change over time to adapt to the different improvements; for instance, streaming service and subscription might gain most considerable audience traction.  The goal of the radio industry is to promote listening to the radio in general through coming up with ingenious ways to capture audience interest. Other radio stations venture to different genres other than music to tap a diverse target audience; after all, not all people driving want to listen to music. Some would like to learn new things and even seek counseling in dealing with their relationships through love advice on the radio.  Maybe spiritual talks and discussions are also available. Dr. Joy Browne, a psychologist, states that radio talk shows are a good start towards healing. “It’s a start,” says Dr. Browne. “It clarifies things and moves people in a new direction.”

Still a Long Road Ahead

The radio industry is striving and no way near extinction. Just see the earning of one of the world’s highest paid radio host, Howard Stern. It is believed that he received around 90 million from June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017, which only proves that talking can make you productive.

Maybe opting to turn on the radio for music is not the best alternative for listeners since they can use their phones or computers to direct them to the song that they want to listen. Therefore, the best strategy for the radio industry is finding the sweet spot that interests the listeners that they would be willing to stay tuned for a long time and making listening to radios a part of their daily routine. Increased number of listeners would mean the influx of advertisers, therefore creating a vibrant industry for the radio community. “Psychologists on radio and TV shows are now part of pop culture,” says Sheenah Hankin, a Manhattan psychotherapist.

November 22, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Psychotherapy On Radio: Boon or Bane

In his early 40s and by societal standards labeled as successful, Bob is a corporate executive who loves his wife of 20 years and children; however, torment is evident in his voice when he shared the fact that he has a secret that he has taken exceptional measures to hide from his family. Bob imparted to the psychologist that he receives pleasure from trying on his wife’s undergarments. Bob is deeply concerned that his family will know about his most profound secret. Also, he worries about what they will think about his mental health status. The therapist then emphatically inquired about his background and declared his condition as a harmless fetish. It might be eccentric but nothing problematic enough. The therapist urges him to talk to his wife and free himself from the burden of this secret.

 

This is an example of an intimate conversation between doctor and client. However, this is neither private nor happened within the confines of a doctor office. The discussion was broadcasted on local radio in Los Angeles. The patient is on his office telephone, and a clinical psychologist was on the other line. Eavesdropping on this private conversation is the 122, 000 radio listeners in the Los Angeles area. According to Peter D. Kramer, a psychiatrist, “Patients can feel diminished by radio talk for a contrasting reason: it exposes the limits of their knowledge.”

Radio Therapy Shows: Are They In Or Out?

The question of societal fascination with psychology-oriented talk shows is rising. Whatever is the functional purpose it serves is not overstepping the ethical boundaries expected from professionals. We live in a period where gurus are straightforward and direct. Because of this, people wanted to eavesdrop. Therapy through the media is not something novel. In the 1950s and 60s, Dr. Joyce Brother started pioneering television, and live radio talks show discussing topics on frigidity and impotence. These topics are taboo subjects on the air. Some critics exclaimed that direct on-air consultation is not entirely for psychology and the primary purpose of such is not giving sound advice but instead, all done in the name of entertainment. In fact, David Bartlett, former president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, once said,

“The best way to ensure the failure of a radiotherapy show is to concentrate on psychology. Good talk radio is done for the listener, not the caller. That may not always be compatible with the role of a therapist” (Independent, 2018).

“Psychologists on radio and TV shows are now part of pop culture,” says Sheenah Hankin, a Manhattan psychotherapist who treats media personalities.

With compromising obligations and objectives, can a radio psychologist place the best intentions of the caller over the need of the radio station and advertisers to entertain? Thus, it is essential to ask if the psychologists’ loyalty is in that of the patient’s welfare. Ethical issues arise for the profession because no sound advice or help transpires when one only knows tidbits of facts about the person and draw a conclusion from this information. Moreover, the input of psychologists might influence these callers and can affect their lives. Hopefully, advice given to them is appropriate for their condition or situation.

Always Check With Your Doctor

It is always best to seek traditional professional help. Inquiring about general information with regards to different mental illnesses and condition is perfectly fine in radio shows but when dealing with private and sensitive issues, investing in a good therapist is still irreplaceable. “You will need to talk openly and honestly with your therapist about your thoughts and feelings, so it’s important to find the right specialist for you,” says Ryan Howes, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist.…

November 15, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Top 3 LGBTQ Internet Radios

Remember when Ellen Degeneres first opened up that she’s gay? She did it on her TV sitcom, and it created a lot of reactions – both negative and positive. This was 30 years ago when the topic of LGBT was taken so seriously and often received a bashing attitude. 

 

Fast forward to where we are now, there are still bashing moments and negative side comments about one’s sexuality, however, the platform for revealing one’s true identity has expanded. Today we have the social media on the internet, podcasts, and even the good old radio broadcasting system to deliver this lifetime revelation to the whole world. Far more than that, the LGBTQ community possesses a very strong sense of support system that they easily reach out to someone who is ready to come out of the closet and start a new life.  

Here are the top 3 LGBT radios that have created a mark in encouraging individuals who are still struggling with their sexuality and serves as a beacon of hope to everyone.  

Pride World Radio. Initially based in the UK and is heard in 1,195 countries, Pride World Radio carries this mission in their website“committed to nurture and encourage new and emerging talent, giving a platform for a proud, strong and diverse LGBT+ voice.” Because internet technology drives it, the shows are hosted in different countries in the UK such as Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. Pride World Radio carries several talks shows that deal with LGBT issues such parents and teens relationship, dealing with coming out problems, relationship issues with family and workplace, and how to deal with everyday issues such as sexual, physical, and psychological health, bullying concerns, and stigmatization about LGBT in general.  

Gaydio. India is one of the countries where being gay is considered a taboo. It is not accepted and entirely not allowed by their culture. But this was changed by Harish Iyer, a very active Indian gay rights activist. He started the first ever gay radio in India in July 2017 and aptly named it Gaydio. He believes that fighting for this specific right does not only ends in the streets and demonstrations. He’s been hosting the radio talk show and has received many calls describing personal experiences about LGBT issues. Some of his callers are not only the LGBT individuals but also parents of LGBT children who need advice on how to handle the situation. Some topics are very complicated because of the cultural and moral implication that India has towards LGBT issues. At present, the radio show is going strong and broadcasting to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. 

Pride Radio. Their slogan proudly declares “The Pulse of LGBTQ America.” Aside from carrying the flagship of LGBTQ problems, Pride Radio also tackles daily news and events in politics and government, local news, showbiz, sports, and business news. It’s like your typical internet radio show with a flare of LGBTQ on the side. Broadcasting in major cities and via the internet, Pride Radio is also available as a mobile application where it can be downloaded and installed on your phone. As long as you have an internet connection, you are always connected. 

LGBTQ community has so many to be thankful these days, compared to those who experienced backlash and encountered negative implications of being different. Although there are still some cases of discriminations, the environment, behavior, and attitude of the majority are already pointing towards acceptance and acknowledging LGBTQ population.  

November 8, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Calling In Your Problems: Is It Safe?

Humans are inherently sociable creatures. We love to share stories and experiences so that other people can gain insights on what is happening in our lives. Some would do it by bragging or showing off what they are capable of, while others do it for the sake of gaining attention. It has also come to a point where one’s problems, mostly relationship issues, are shared with the mainstream community. We hear a lot of stories called in by avid listeners over the radio to obtain advice and support from others and the person who is hosting the radio talk show. Is this even acceptable? What are the benefits or complications that a person can endure if they want to open their personal life to a radio talk show? “More fundamentally, we enjoy the sense of personal connection that radio offers.”, says Peter D. Kramer, a psychiatrist.

 

 

Is This Even Acceptable? 

Have you ever watched the movie Sleepless in Seattle? This is a perfect example of a radio talk show helping people with their relationship problems. I will not go into details on how the movie went, but I would like to point out that it is a reasonable manner to ask for advice on matters of the heart in any radio talk show provided that it is hosted and delivered by a life coach or someone with a background in psychology. Some DJs are also capable of giving practical advice, and this is also acceptable. Remember, the number one reason why people are eager to call and share their problems is that they are in dire need of someone to listen to them. Sometimes, what matters most is the listening aspect and for the person to unburden his/her psychological conflicts. Dr. Hankin, a psychotherapist, says such psychological quick fixes from radio talk shows can be therapeutically valid, within reason. “I think it can have a lot of value if the people doing it are competent,” she says. “It can be quite useful to people who are not deeply troubled. Certainly the demand is there.”

Confidentiality Issues 

 

 

Unlike the Facebook or other social media platform, there is a specific limitation on how you want others to see your profile or media posts. A Facebook user, for example, can control his privacy settings to ensure that only preferred friends and connections are allowed or not allowed to view the posts. When you share your personal experience over the radio, this will be broadcasted throughout the airwaves, and the probability of going public and be known by the majority who listens to the radio station will know your situation. Of course, your identity will be protected by giving an alternative name or alias. However, the similar circumstances of your story can trigger a familiar note to other people who are involved in the experience, and they too will be dragged into the limelight. It is essential that the other person’s identity is protected and not divulged in any way while you are telling your version of the story. 

What To Expect After Making The Call? 

 

 

I should say that while on air, the person sharing the story is not just aware of the listeners’ reactions and feedbacks they are giving while this person continues to narrate their experience. Some would side the caller while others will provide negative comments and even blame the person. So, you will have the best of both worlds. In some radio programs, they have some real-time reactions from their listeners such a Tweet or comment on Facebook. The radio host will then read it aloud so that the person will know what the others think of the problem. Some listeners give pieces of advice especially if they have the same experience as the caller.  

Radio show programs are another media that can provide psychological help to those who needs it. It’s an unconventional way however the benefits are the same or comparable to a formal or office setting of getting mental help. Nonetheless, one should consider that by sharing your problems on air, there is a significant possibility that privacy issues are compromised, and you should be prepared for any consequences it may bring. “The first step is to look at yourself and determine what it is you need,” Dr. Howes , a clinical psychologist, says. “Ask yourself, Am I the sort of person who benefits from someone who tells me what to do? Or do I need someone with a good ability to listen and who will talk through things with me?” But then again, those who are listening will know your deepest issues.

November 1, 2019 Off By Willie Hudson

Career Focus: Disc Jockey 

Ever wanted to be a disc jockey? This career has evolved that it can now be a lucrative option for earning an income. This article will give you an idea of how to start a career in the radio industry as a disc jockey. 

 

The word disc jockey or DJ started in 1935 and was coined by Walter Winchell, a radio gossip commentator. But it was only in 1941 that the word was known publicly when it was mentioned in the Variety magazine. The primary task of the disc jockey is to introduce phonograph records on air. Back then, this was a novel way of playing songs over the radio as the disc jockey composes an introduction and adds some personal greetings to the person(s) to whom the song was dedicated. Today, this is still the primary job of the disc jockey with additional perquisites. 

Job Description And Requirements 

To become a disc jockey, it is not only necessary that you love music or can gab endlessly. A significant requirement nowadays is one must have an associate or bachelors’ degree to stay at par and meet the demands of broadcasting and communication arts. It is also essential to gain experience or hands-on training in becoming a DJ to make sure that the person will have a grasp of the technicalities of the job. 

Duties And Responsibilities 

As a disc jockey, one must understand that it is a vital aspect to practice the ethical principles in broadcasting. This includes integrity of information, fairness or equality, independence, accountability, and humanity. 

 

 

The office of a disc jockey is limited to the 4-walls of a soundproof booth. They accept greetings and calls over the phone, read letters and follow song requests. They play commercial segments and prepare interfaces in their radio program to entice the listeners. Disc jockeys are also capable of offering guidance and on-air counseling to callers who share their life problems. Most of these problems are on relationships with parents and family, love life, student, and career issues. 

Disc jockeys not only play music all day. They are given a specific radio program to host and deliver spiels that are relevant to their listeners. At times, they interview celebrities, politicians, or other vital personalities that are relevant at the moment. Disc jockeys are also invited to host social events like product launching at concerts or station sponsored events. As the disc jockey builds his/her professional portfolio, they become in demand and influential in commercial and business sales. They can receive endorsement offers and are very much well-paid. What’s more is if you have a talent in singing, dancing or acting, this can be a stepping stone to another well-off career and your road to stardom.  

Future Directions 

 

 

Some say that because of the progress of digital technology, human factors will start to diminish and digital or robotic programs will replace this. Some disagree with this prediction and would like to clarify that human interventions will remain a number one element in radio broadcasting. Even in digital radio and podcasts, radio announcers and disc jockeys are still doing their jobs. The only changes that are sure to take place are the advancement of the roles and responsibilities of a disc jockey. It is too early to say at this time what future will hold for this type of career; however, we are confident that the curtain will still not fall for the disc jockeys around the world.