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Content Generation Idea: Using Local Radio Talk Shows



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Content Generation Idea: Using Local Radio Talk Shows

Content Generation Idea: Using Local Radio Talk Shows
Earlier on I posted about how you can use your local newspapers for coming up with content ideas for your site or blog. And by doing that and scouting your local newspapers, you can not only use them to come up with content ideas for your site or blog. And very good content ideas that can also help with improving your local rankings too. But the same thing can also be done by listening to those local radio stations to you!

By just tuning in and listening to the local radio broadcasts for your area, city or town (and most local towns have their own local radio station) you can get to hear about those local events and happenings that have or will be taking place. Which you can then touch upon on your site or blog with your covering of that story and your own take upon it. Things to know, what's actually happening, who was or who'll be attending. Things like that. And of course, your own personal thoughts and or opinions on it.

The great thing about listening to your local radio station is that they are often the first to touch upon a story before the local papers have a time to print and press it. So by just listening out, or even listening in to it, depending on your philosophical bent, you can get to hear and learn about local events, stories and happenings in your local area, town or city which you can then get to cover upon your site or blog.

And of course, if you are one of the first websites to cover this story, you'll be the one that Google lists first for it when someone searches for it online. That can help you to receive more traffic to your site as well as help to improve your local rankings too when you use the keywords that are relevant and applicable for your local area! Content Generation Idea: Using Local Radio Talk Shows

And that's all there really is to this content generation idea! Just tuning into and listening to your local radio stations. The best times is when they play their news broadcasts as they will often cover stories that are happening locally to you. You can then research into this a little to find out more about it which you can then spin into a news story on your site or blog.

Benefits of Using Local Radio Stations for Content Generation Purposes

  • Helps you to stay clued up on what's going on in your local area, town or even city.
  • Helps you to stay ahead of local events and happenings to cover it before anyone else does.
  • Can be done every day for help with coming up with an almost unlimited amount of content.
  • Can help with improving your local rankings by just covering that story on your site.
What about you? Do you use the local radio station talk shows and broadcasts for content ideas?

What other ways are there of using local radio stations for content generation ideas?

Cheers!

Mike.

Comments

galegatling

I don't use radio stations because most of the topics or anything discussed from there are already researched and well put. As far as the thoughts and responses go, you would just put yourself in the shoes of those people who are trying to share whatever it is that they are feeling which are worth sharing regarding whatever the topic is being discussed. So I would always search the Internet for any topics that come to my mind. And the comments or replies will come along with it.



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Baburra

I still use radio or podcasts for inspiration because there are shows that will mostly only touch on certain topics because they have a lot of topics to go through each day, so at most they usually just talk about each topic for about 10 minutes or so. Even if they do specialize on that topic though and speak on it extensively, I feel like you could always put a spin on it when writing your own article on it, as you could always put your own voice and opinion into it.



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galegatling

That is what I'm talking about. It's also not ideal to just copy the exact words which comes from the radio. All you need is a creative mind that can instantly get all the key elements of whichever topic you try to write about. After you re-phrase all the wordings, you should also put your own personal opinion or point of view at the end.



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iamawriter

The world I could say is full of ideas. One's own life could be converted into a great book. If not a book atleast there will be no dearth for creating blogs on one's life history. Putting together photos and writing on them is one way. Even just a holiday can churn out great ideas for writing content.



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fishmonk

I do use local radio talk shows to grab some ideas for my content. The radio talk show which I usually tune on usually happens in the morning. It is interesting to listen to local listeners who dial in and share their thoughts on the topic of the day. This information gives me an insight to the current trends and thoughts of the local people around me. There is also the chance of getting more news on events happening in town or national level.



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Baburra

This is really a cool way to do it since you could just listen in while you are idle like while driving or doing chores and by the time you get to your work desk you would already be filled with ideas. A good thing I learned to do also is to list down excess ideas on a notepad since not all thoughts will be used immediately. This way, whenever I don't get to listen to the radio, I'll still have a third option or backup of idea generators.



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Martinsx1

It's absolutely true what you just mentioned about how effective radio stations are with discussing wide range of topics from morning till night. There are some radio stations that never goes offline, they stay online 24/7 doing one program or another.

So therefore, if one can devote a good amount of time listening these radio stations programs, there are going to be lots of content ideas one can pick up from there.



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Tronia

This is a great suggestion if you are struggling with coming up with new content. I have to admit that I don't frequently use it but I should be. We just tend to have bad quality radio stations that only revolve around commercials... There are hardly any real shows. I tried listening to a few programs on various radios and they would say a few sentences and then to the ads. It is a bit annoying and I wish we had good radio like some countries. It would be easier to use it as a content generator. I imagine its amazing for local ranking.



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Martinsx1

You have mentioned one of the main reasons why I hate listening to radio programmes because it's drowned with ads. One program would contain more than 10 ads breaks which makes me wonder if the radio station is now existing because of these ads. I know these ads means a source of income to the radio station but too much of it is now killing the media house.



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NicholasMukuha

I must point out that I have learnt a lot from you, for the past few days that I have been around. You have given me a reason to buy newspapers and now a reason to not only listen to the radio for entertainment only, but also to get ideas for using in a blog. Surely, I made no mistake joining here.

Well, I must say that this is a pretty good idea. In fact, most stories covered on radio stations, from my part of the world, are brief and to the point because the presenters are rushing against time. Taking these stories, researching more, and writing a detailed report about them in a blog, would really help reduce the time and energy required to come up with an interesting blog. I like that idea and will consider putting it to good use.



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Baburra

I do this as well and I think it is a great idea, so thanks a lot for sharing. I myself listen to a lot of archived episodes of popular radio shows, as well as podcasts, and it does help me a lot with generating topics for my articles. I like to listen to these shows while I work on other things like doing chores and when an idea pops into my head or if I hear something good I would like to talk about, I just quickly write it on my notes so I don't forget. I often feel guilty if I think I'm spending too much time just consuming media, so this is a good method for me since I get to turn that time spent into something productive, at least.



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galegatling

May I ask what certain topics are you listening to or waiting to be broadcast on the radio? Or you just listen to anything and would write something that makes you interested? And also, have you successfully published anything that you heard from the radio station? Would love to know because it would be so cool knowing a certain idea was taken from the radio station. Content Generation Idea: Using Local Radio Talk Shows



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Authord

Yeah i have been doing this for sometime now, and i think it is also important to consider from where the content is coming, and the context in which it exists. When we think of content, we usually think of online content but, at a brand level, where news and controversy are less of a factor, traditional media offer excellent spaces in which to find relevant content.
Especially the radio because Radio, at its core is, an information and entertainment medium, and so the brand needs to… inform or entertain.Listeners seek escapism when listening to radio and want to be entertained in one way or another. Having their
psychological downtime interrupted by a boring brand message often leads to an automatic aversion to what they are hearing.



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JoeMilford

I always listen to National Public Radio in the car, and I get a lot of writing ideas from their commentary. They can tend to be a bit liberal, at times, for my taste, but other than that I find myself and my work sometimes inspired by the programs which they present. I have had to pull over every now and then to write down the title of a book they were discussing or to write down an idea which their discussions prompted in me. NPR still covers a lot of stories which are arts and writing related, so this type of stimulation can get the writing and content juices flowing under the best circumstances.



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Corzhens

I guess this depends on the kind of radio talk show. What I usually listen is the talk show on the movie industry because the host is our family friend. But although it is about movies and actors, sometimes other topics are also discussed like the problem of traffic in the city or the rising prices of commodities in the market. One time they discussed the cheaper ways of car repair which is not related anymore to their theme. That surely aroused the interest of car owners.



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jaymish3

Amazing. I agree. Radio shows in m country is where you learn about pop culture and what is generally going on in society. All the stories about cheating married couples, events during the weekend, any ridiculous policies passed or any ridiculous statements made can be learned from radio shows. You actually don't need to watch the news or read the paper once you listen to your favorite radio programme. I agree this is a great source of content.



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Martinsx1

As much as I know that radio offers lots of topics and ideas that can easily be used to generate a solid content to be used on sites - blogs and forums, I still would be very honest in saying that I am not one to benefit from using radio as a channel for content generation ideas because I hardly listen to radio stations programs. I seriously can't recall the last time I switched on my radio to listen to anything on it.



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Aeolos

Listening to the radio commentators in their opinions on a specific topic is one of the reason I listen to the radio. You could listen to different points given by different callers reacting to certain issues. This also make me generate my own opinion which I am going to write. Many people would participate in this kind of radio program and their points offers fresh perspective with the current issue at hand.



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jaymish3

I agree@Aeolos many people call into local radio shows and share their opinions about things. They also share their real life stories. You also never really know what is going on around you until you hear people's stories. The other day I was listening to a story of a lady who confessed that she killed her husbands mistress and he went to jail for it. No one has ever found out it was her. These are great ideas for short stories.



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jpk0007

Yes, radio stations can be a very good source of information and news in the local area. They have a good network of sources from the local areas and generally come out first with any scoops or sensational news that happens in your area. listening to the radio stations on a regular basis will always keep you updated with what is happening in and around the area where you live. Sometimes the local news may have the potential to become a big news at the national or even international level. if you are constantly updated with your local news then you may be able to take advantage of such a news break and generate content online about it which may become very popular and successful.



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