Talk Show Host Techniques

Talk show host techniques are designed to increase the success of the show's popularity with viewers. Most talk shows today follow a certain formula that has proven successful for showcasing the talk show host's personality and bringing the important issues to the listener, whether those issues are political views, news events, some type of skill learning or merely entertaining or teaching the audience.

Monologue
A talk show host is the driving force behind a successful talk show and the host's personality must resonate with listeners. A monologue segment is when the host is speaking directly to the listeners and sharing opinion, relaying information or teaching something. A gardening talk show host may choose to share a particular seasonal tip or technique to start off the show, while a news talk show host may provide a recap of the last city council meeting. The monologue sets the tone for the rest of the show, often acting as a "teaser" for an upcoming guest to the show.

Guest Interview
The guest interview is often the highlight of the talk show. Whether it's a celebrity for a national talk show or a local politician on a public access channel talk show, the talk show host should be prepared in advance to discuss the relevant issues with the guest. Some guests require the questions to be asked in advance while others submit a list of talking points they want to get across to the host prior to the show. Another guest format that might be used is a panel format with multiple guests. Often, this segment of the talk show is presented after a buildup from the first part of the show.

Call In
Many radio talk shows allow call-in guests to interact with both the host and the guest. The question and answer session provides a good portion of the show, and it is hoped that the callers reflect many of the questions, concerns or opinions as other listeners. Sometimes, the calls are screened, so only certain questions make it through while other times, the callers have more freedom to question or challenge the guest or host.

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