Jay Trachman passed away on Saturday, November 28th. For those that weren’t familiar with Jay, he was a true friend to radio and one of my original mentors. Jay was a tremendous talent coach, teacher and author of “The Handbook for Radio Personalities.” A book that didn’t look like much on the outside, but once opened, it would transform any mediocre personality into a true communicator that understands what makes personalities great. Here are a few of my favorite tips from the book:
Know your audience.
Talk to ONE person.
Understand the nature of entertainment. Entertainment means helping people to experience emotions in a safe environment.
Have something to say.
Respect your listener.
Don’t lie to your listener.
Assume your listener is as intelligent as you.
Time Matters. Brevity is essential.
Make your listener feel.
People bond with people.
Get a life (one of my favorites). You’ve got to be an interesting person before you can be an interesting performer.
The book has much more, but those are some of the basic principles. I’m not sure how many of his books are left, but his son Will may be able to find you a copy. I was lucky to become an acquaintance of Jay’s. A few years ago as a Christmas gift to my entire air staff at KUPL, I bought everyone a copy of Jay’s book. I could tell talking to him how proud he was that after all these years his message of being one on one, yourself and real was still being taught. Like I posted on his Facebook page, radio needs more people like Jay Trachman.