NEKI MOYO’S WHATSAPP RADIO IS 2 YEARS OLD

January 18, 2020, marked 2 years since Neki Moyo, launched WhatsApp Radio.

Ms Neki Moyo considers herself tech-savvy with an inclination towards audio editing apps on her mobile device. So, she found a way to make her voice note compatible with her WhatsApp status, which gave birth to WhatsApp Radio.

WhatsApp Radio began with a voice-note status update, expressing gratitude to all who wished her mum a happy birthday. The message ended with the closing statement, “This is WhatsApp Radio”.

Initially worried about consistency, data plans, content building an audience expansion, Neki was encouraged by friends and began targeting her WhatsApp contacts, turning them into ardent listeners.

Her fans come from all over the world, including Ghana, Ukraine, United States, UK, Singapore, Malaysia and more.

WhatsApp Radio also has a Facebook Fan Page with an active Facebook Community.

Neki is a product of the Broadcast Radio Masterclass and touts reputable broadcaster, Fola Folayan as her coach and mentor. She gained internship experience with an online radio station, Digits1024, where she built her production skills and software improvement.

“Biggest Lessons. Wow! I have learnt a lot honestly, stick to your originality, let people not feel like you are some sort of artificial intelligence behind the mic.”

Neki Moyo is on Instagram & Twitter @neki_moyo

You can join the WhatsApp Radio Facebook Community here.

ABOUT RADIO INTROS… – BRMC

A radio intro is a short segment at the start of a show. It serves to introduce the hosts or give a preview of what’s coming up such as the guests in the studio, the topic of discussion, etc.

Your intro can last anywhere from 10 seconds to several minutes. Radio intros have multiple styles; you can play the show’s jingle then introduce the hosts; the host can give a summary then play the show’s jingle, etc. 

See the short sample below: 👇🏾 

“You’re listening to The Afternoon Show on Jara 106.5 FM.

It’s Saturday the 1st of July. My name is Jane and today, I’ll be bringing you the best hit songs on the playlist. Stay tuned”. 

To create the most amazing radio intros, you must understand two factors:

1. Attention span

2. First impression

What’s the average attention span? Is it 8 seconds or is that just an urban myth?

The truth is; your attention span varies depending on the activity.

Remember the famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire, “You had me at hello.”

Listeners tuning in for the first time often listen to the first seconds; they stay if you sound interesting or skip to the next show if you’re dull.

Especially because most people are in their cars.

In those first seconds, the listener passes judgment on your show; is it interesting, boring, stupid, or exciting?

Your intro must grab attention and form a good first impression. 

Intros are the place to give vital info about your show to listeners. Let people know what segments to expect and incoming guests.

It’s always a good idea to script your intro so you’re not rambling. Make it short and conversational and you’re off to a great start!

Have you registered for the February session of the Radio Master Class yet?

Registration is OPEN NOW!

The class opens on February 1st.

Click here for details.

WhatsApp 08096452706 for inquiries 

The Broadcast Radio Master Class [BRMC] is a training program designed for aspiring radio presenters that uses a mentor-apprentice model for learning.

CONTENT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING – ADENIKE RADIO

Don’t ever think that long talking hours on radio automatically translate into popularity.

Whatever you do with the time slot that you have, is what eventually stands you out as a great radio broadcaster.

I grew up knowing radio broadcasters who had just 15mins a week on the radio who were more popular than those with 2hrs, 5 days a week on the radio.

Fast forward to 2020, you can be on radio 4hours, 5 days a week and still make absolutely no sense.

As a Sportscaster, you can make your 15mins daily sports show the biggest programme on your radio station.

Trust me, it is very possible.

Content is the most important thing that is needed, followed by your style of delivery – your presentation skills, your knowledge of the language you’re presenting in, and a few other things.

Focus more on creating good content, hone your presentation skills, push your show/programmes more on social media and be consistent.

Adenike Radio is the brainchild of Adenike Lanlehin and is a twitter platform that informs, inspires and educates young and aspiring Radio Broadcasters. Follow @adenikeradio in Instagram and Twitter.

PODCAST LISTENING HABITS IN NIGERIA [2019]

If you’re thinking of starting a Podcast for a Nigerian audience in 2020, some of these stats might help you with direction.

We conducted a survey late last year and found out that 70.3% of podcast listeners in Nigeria are male. 81.1% of podcast fans [male & female] fall within the 15 – 34-year-old demographic. 

45.9% listen to podcasts only a few times a week. 

56.8% prefer checking out Podcasts on Mondays. 

40.5% get their podcast fixes in the morning, 40.5% of podcast fans, catch up on their favourites in traffic. 

100% of those surveyed, say they listen to podcasts on their mobile devices. 

Pop Culture/Entertainment takes the cake of most consumed podcast genres with 75.7%. 54.1% want information from their podcasts. 

54.1% Like their podcasts 40 minutes long or under. 

62.2% don’t mind podcast hosts/guests swearing. 

Most podcast listeners in Nigeria are based in Lagos State, according to 48% of those surveyed.

Some popular Nigerian podcasts include Loose Talk Giants [now rested], Nigerian American, Up Gunners Podcast, Off-Air with Gbemi and Toolz, Surviving Eko with Fecko, Queen Raffy’s Space, Football Talk with Faithfulness, among others.

FOR PODCASTING TIPS & MORE:
WATCH: Podcasting 101 [A 10-part instructional video series to support early-stage podcasters around the world, from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program].
READ: Anchor is the easiest way to make a podcast, ever.

REGISTER FOR BRMC SEPTEMBER 2019

Do you want to take classes in basic radio presentation and podcasting?

 A new session of the Radio Masterclass starts in SEPTEMBER. 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW 
Available spaces: 25.

Here are answers to the FAQs 😊

1. Classes open Saturday, September 7th. 
2. Classes run on Saturdays for 5 Saturdays. from 9 am – 4 pm

3. Students will get a 2 weeks minimum internship opportunity with our media partners

4. A certificate is given to All students. 
5. Classes will hold at 51 Hughes Avenue, alagomeji Yaba, LAGOS 
6. Course materials will be given to all registered students 
7. Basic educational requirement for training: SSCE certificate 
8. Training fee is N30,000

9. Registration is OPEN NOW. 
REGISTER AND MAKE PAYMENT by logging on to www.theradiomasterclass.org/register or request for account details.

WhatsApp 08096452706

10 TIPS FOR AN ASPIRING RADIO PERSONALITY …

This list is dedicated to those, who often ask me questions about what it takes to be a radio personality. It is based on observations of some of my favorite local radio stars.
Here we go!

This list is based on observations of some of my favorite local radio personalities.
Here we go!


  1. Be interesting, observant and an excellent storyteller.
  2. Be “authentic”…but only if you’re interesting. If you’re a boring person in real life, that authenticity won’t serve you well except you’re an excellent actor! A mentor once said that radio personalities were the best actors in the world! A lot of what makes a radio personality exciting and engaging involves cloaking any known pains or emotions that would ordinarily get in the way of a good show.
  3. Make friends in the Engineering, Traffic and Marketing Departments. Trust me, when things go awry in the studio with equipment, or with missed adverts… You’ll understand.
  4. Always stay abreast with names, events and places in politics, pop culture, and sports. Learn to pronounce them as quickly as you can!
  5. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge you don’t know everything, always be open to learning. Especially when it comes to politics. Your opinions count whether you intend them to or not. Don’t make them count against you.
  6. Social media is a two-edged sword. Apply discretion in your online engagements. However, share a side of you that’s real, relatable and connects with your audience on-air and online.
  7. Make out time for rest and recovery. The long shifts could take a toll and burnouts are very common in the industry.
  8. Be wary of artists and their managers. Don’t get too chummy. Things might change when you no longer “serve a purpose”.
  9. Learn and Master the art of audio production. Begin from the basics, simple recordings, and edits, learn to create podcasts of your live shows for repurposing or brand extension.
  10. Be good to everyone you work with from the security men to the drivers to the cleaners to the messengers…these people wield more power than you may imagine.

There’s so much more but I need to know if I’m hitting the right notes first. So if you have any questions on what it takes to be a radio personality, the comment section is open! And you can check out my Basic Radio Skills Podcast here. If you’re on-air already and having a hard time with your show prep, talk to me.

5 PODCAST APPS FOR MOBILE ANDROID DEVICES

In a recent survey, 100% of Nigerians asked, say they listen to podcasts, on their mobile devices.

We also found that the best way to enjoy a podcast was to have an appropriate application installed on your mobile device. It is good to have a decent pair of earplugs or headphones too.

Here’s a shortlist of apps for an enhanced podcast listening experience.

  1. Pocket Casts
    Pocket Casts is an awesome app for people who listen to a lot of different podcasts. It has a great UI, light and dark themes, useful search and filtering options, and a lot more.
  2. Stitcher
    One of the useful things with Stitcher is the ability to search for episodes, not just entire podcasts. You can create playlists, find new podcasts, listen to the news, and more. It’s a free podcast app that offers a premium subscription service to remove ads and listen to original shows. It has won many “best of” awards as well.
  3. Spotify
    Spotify is known for music, but they also have a curated podcast selection.

4.Google Podcasts

Google Podcasts is a new way for Android users to discover and listen to the world’s podcasts. You can subscribe to any show for free and download episodes for offline listening. All your listening is automatically synced across devices so you can pause on one device and resume on another with the Google Assistant.

5.Anchor.FM

Their goal is to make podcasting easy and fun, without sacrificing the quality every podcaster deserves. Every feature in Anchor is designed to be so straightforward that anyone (even people with zero podcasting experience) can pick it up and start using it right away.

If your favourite podcasts are not on these apps, please speak with their creators to ensure they get them on there. One of the perks of Anchor.FM is that it distributes content to major podcasting hosts!

Meanwhile, Anchor.FM is now a part of Spotify. Read more here.

So, what Podcasts do you listen to and why? Do share in the comment section.

STARTING AN INTERNET RADIO STATION

Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with heart, patience, and vision can start an internet radio station.

Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with heart, patience and vision can start an internet radio station.

The basics you’ll need are:

  1. A Personal Computer or Laptop
  2. Microphone
  3. Headphones
  4. Speakers
  5. Audio Soundcard
  6. High Speed Broadband
  7. An adequate audio library filled with music, sweepers and shows or podcasts
  8. Audio editing software
  9. A streaming host
  10. Website

It’s important to have a clear vision and mission statement before you start out to avoid burn out, especially when you’re going at it alone.

While tinkering with platforms and your equipment, pay attention to your scheduling and fan engagement across social media platforms. These will help you stay on course, adjust as appropriate or quit and save yourself and everyone else stress.

Now, it’s important to know the risks involved with playing music from your personal library garnered over the years from CD rips and mp3 downloads. While some are okay for personal use, others may attract stiff penalties from governing bodies scouring the internet for offenders.

With that in mind, read about Licensing.

No matter how you approach it, it is not inexpensive to run an internet radio service especially in Nigeria, where additional costs of internet subscriptions and power maintenance are a nuisance.

There’s also poor local listenership s the terrestrial alternatives are far more affordable and accessible. However, if you’re thinking outside the box and generating awesome content, things may begin to look up sooner than later.

When choosing an internet streaming platform to subscribe to, consider affordability, LIVE/Automation options, easy scheduling, social media integration and importantly, technical support. There’s also app [android or iOS] availability and 3rd party companies like Nobex, have been known to offer competitive services.

I’ll advise beginning with automation streaming, where all your music and other related content will be stored on the stream server and scheduled for playback. That way you do not have to be online, streaming LIVE every time and thus you might save some data while still providing content round the clock!

Here are some platforms to consider:

Also, check out this list of basic Internet Radio Equipment

If you’re considering setting up an Internet Radio Station, we can help you with a solid cost-effective solution. Send us a message for a quote.

Additional notes:

5 Must-Knows before creating your online radio station

Setting Up an Internet Radio Station: What You Need to Know

The 5 Simple Mistakes Amateur Internet Radio Broadcasters Make

Fears over FG’s plan to license online radio, TV stations

SIGN UP FOR THE BRMC MARCH 2019 CLASS

I believe there are no age limits to pursuing a career in broadcasting. In fact, there’s always a demographic void or programme category that needs to be filled at one point or the other. And for some of the BRMC students, taking advantage of New Age broadcast skills could improve their other businesses.
In a February 2018 class, I talked about the benefits of podcasting.
In my hour long ramble, I highlighted the limitless possibilities available when it came to choosing a topic or area of podcasting interest. I mentioned a podcast dedicated to dog owners, not the type of show you’d find on regular radio. I shared with an enthusiastic class, though without props sake of say my equipment no folo me come… but with enough body language and dramatization, that each and every one them could develop and share an engaging, interesting podcast. And they would find an audience.
Afterwards, I was approached by a few of them who wanted to know if they could expand their ideas. One had a successful sport betting gig running on Whatsapp. He wondered if he could expand it into a podcast. Why not?
Another had been sharing via blogs and social media, encouraging tidbits for Nigerian Startups. Can he turn into a podcast? Again, why not?
To encourage every bit of action towards achieving a podcast dream, I mentioned that even without the heavy machinery [studio tools], a decent enough smartphone could be useful. There are apps available on the various app stores and even a podcast company has taken steps to make the experience wholesome from recording to editing and then sharing on social media.
Check out Anchor [it’s also where I host my podcasts]
So, do you have a great idea for a podcast? Can you do consistent research into the topics you will discuss or the people you want to talk about? Are you patient and persistent? Here are a few resource tools that can aid your podcast dream:
Best Podcast Equipment (For Beginners & Pros) 2019
13 Predictions for Podcasting in 2019
Top Podcasting Blogs & Websites (2018 Edition)

And don’t forget to sign up for the BRMC March, 2019 masterclass here.

See you there!

Tony Doe, speaking plenty grammar at one of the BRMC classes…

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Check out a sample prep sheet here as used by Lokal FM [internet radio].

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