Making radio programs dynamic & interactive


(Laura Goodwin) #1

When paralegals use radio as a tool for legal empowerment, what advice do you have to make the shows as interactive and engaging for listeners as possible?


(zena) #2

The paralegals can invite guests to the shows, introduce gift vouchers to the active callers during the shows.


(Zahra Khalid) #3

Proper planning is key and doing extensive research on the topic to be discussed


(Barre Aden) #4

For you to make your show live you need to bring experts like the registrar of persons and lawyers to shed more light on citizenship and nationality or the topic of the show.


(Amani Ngoro) #5

For a paralegal to make show as interactive as possible is to understand at what time are his/her active target group are attached to the station and which radio station do most people listen to,what are there favourite items in other shows before fixing yours


(Bindu Ansumana Fofana) #6

For our paralegal radio program, we do live awareness. In order to make the show interactive and engaging, we give the community time after the discussion by the paralegals to call in and contribute either asking questions or making comments. Since our program has 2 components, the paralegals and the traditional leaders. Our radio show has a day weekly allotted to the traditional leaders who we invite to explain their activities in their individual communities. At the end of the discussion , community members also call in to ask the chief questions. It’s good to note that if you want the radio program to be interactive and engaging, you can also invite clients on the show to explain the benefit of the legal empowerment program. Through the radio, paralegals also have clients visiting their offices with cases especially from non program communities.


(Mwikamba Mwambi) #7

The Radio presenters need a training first for them be able develop skits for the programs which also inform who to invite. As CSOs we can help in bringing these invitees who need not only be experts.


(Laura Goodwin) #8

These are all great methods! Thanks @zena @zahra @barre @amani @bindu and @MwikambaMwambi for sharing your experiences!

I like how several of you emphasized bringing guests on to the show - whether community members, clients, traditional leaders, lawyers, government officials, or others who have valuable perspectives to add. How do you typically prep your radio guests?

I’ve also seen “debates” work well - when two co-hosts or a host and a guest speaker take different perspectives on the issue at hand and have a conversation from these opposing views. It makes listeners think critically about the topic and leads them to call in to contribute their view too. At the end of the show, the host can do a summary and ensure the key messages they had in mind are emphasized again. @mustafa_mahmoud has sparked some great debates on air on legal and human rights issues. It reminds me of how hosts on mainstream radio, especially morning shows, are always asking provocative questions then callers are jumping on air to give their opinions on the topic!


(Mohammed Aman) #9

Where possible, hosts can actually interact with the public live (almost like live reporting) where a topic of discussion is taken into the field and peoples views are aired through a correspondent. Every time the team could visit an area like where paralegals have been conducting outreach and engage them. People tend to be more open to sharing when there is an audience



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