What’s working…

Roles!  The roles are working better and better.  The show has more direction and forward momentum and is much more focused on topics these days.  Roxanne is developing a role as “the rest of us”, often saying or asking the things we all wish we could say or ask.

Both Davis and Roxanne are asking great questions in interviews.  Roxanne’s questions are more confident and get better answers.

The segment starts are moving faster.  From show open to first guest in Example 1 below, Davis and Rox took less than a minute with a minimum of chit chat.   Very strong!

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What still needs some work…

Clear, well prepped interview questions would be a good next step.

In the specific example of this hour (talking about the close of the legislature with a correspondent in Austin) it would have made sense to engage him more about the record rains and the effects of the rain on him personally, taking advantage of the fact that he is coming on to talk about one story but actually has some experience with a breaking story.

Although the roles are much clearer, there is still a lot of talking over each other.

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Recommendations…

1) Do more opens like Example 2 below…Rox does formats, Davis leads off the topic, with a minimum of chat.  Rox contributes well, and Davis evolves into a story.  That’s a model segment!

2) Prep your first three interview questions: the “by the way” ice breaker, the real first question, and a real second question.  Then in the interview race to get to question 1, then question 2, then thank the guest and move on.

3) Rox should come in with some bullet points on certain topics before passing off to Davis: “Ok, the rains..here’s where we are right now…”  “the legislature’s winding down.  They passed 157 bills, of which probably 3 will make headlines…”

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Audio Examples…

Strong segment open, with better roles and less than a minute to the guest…

KURV 01 fast open not enough rain

 

Model segment (this is a long listen, but worth it!)…

KURV 04 great seg

 

Good Davis questions…

KURV 02 good davis q

 

Good Roxanne question…

KURV 03 rox good q