Angela’s Notes


Giving Yourself Permission to Be You On-Air Personal Worksheet

By Angela ‘the girl with many last names’ Stevens

Lead with Values: Every break contains a value, spoken or unspoken.  Even “fun” is a value. 

Values Important to My Station:                 

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Values Important to Me:

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Determine your Personal Filter: Every person has a unique point of view.  Who is your on-air character?

(Ex: I’m a stressed mom, I’d like life to be easier sometimes, but I realize I’m a mess and I laugh at it.)

Questions to ask:

  • What makes me laugh/cry?
  • Who’s pain do I feel?
  • Who’s problems do I like to solve?
  • What do I do well (on and off the air)?
  • What’s my comedic personality?  (exaggeration, self deprecation, etc.)
  • Who do I relate to best?

My Personal Filters Are:

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My Station’s Filters Are:

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Give Yourself Permission to Experiment

  • Lead with your values to minimize backlash.  Usually backlash comes against a perceived set of unequal values.  They want to know you’re reflecting their values.
  • Ground yourself in support.  It takes courage to be daring, having other people to support you will make it easier.  Talk to your PD, GM, Consultant, Co-workers, ask for their support as you try new things.

Permission Slip Exercise:

What do you refrain from doing on the air because you’re afraid someone may disapprove?  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Who am I afraid will disapprove?  ______________________________________________________________________________

What’s important about having their approval?  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What might you need to let go of in order to give yourself permission to try it?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What’s one way you could execute this while still holding the values of the station and your listener?  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

I, _______________, give myself permission to experiment and be authentically me on air this week.  Signed, _________________________________________________________________