ARC Radio is now accepting pitches from prospective radio showrunners! But what does that mean?
As president of the radio station, it is my job to organize the schedule for broadcasting. One of the most important parts of this process is approving the pitches that come in, because I have to make sure that the content and timing is something that works for the station and for the university. Since the ARC is not confined by the FCC’s broadcasting rules, we have freedom to make whatever shows we would like.
If you’re interested in having a radio show, there is a lot to become familiar with first. First and foremost is putting together a solid pitch. You’ll start by asking yourself several questions that you have to answer before you make the actual pitch. So let’s get started. At the end, I’ll provide you the link where you can send in your pitch for the ARC stamp of approval!
What am I interested in?
Remember, your show might be a weekly responsibility – depending on your availability – and require quite a bit of time and effort. You want to be sure that your topic is something that intrigues you or that you are passionate about. Is this something that you want to dedicate your time to? Deciding the topic of your show is the first step to creating a great pitch. Almost all topics, if appropriate, are acceptable for the ARC.
What kind of show do I want?
It is important that you know what kind of show you want to create. It could be music (for example, a genre or artist you love), a talk show (interviewing guests every week), or a podcast (on any topic you would like). If you are someone who doesn’t like to talk in such a public manner, maybe a music show is better for your wants and needs. If you love meeting and talking to people, consider a talk show. If you love talking a lot about one subject that interests you (I know I do), a podcast might be right for you. As the person who creates the lineup ,I want to see diversity in the type of show we do, and need to make sure there is variety in our stream.
Will I need another host(s)?
That’s right, the ARC encourages you to do a show with your friends! We have four microphones in the radio space, so each show can have up to four hosts on air. If you have something that you and your friends all enjoy, consider inviting them to join the fun! For your pitch, you have the option of including a co-host, or anyone else you might want on air.
What show time is best for you?
The ARC wants to eventually stream 24/7, so any time that you can make it to the station is acceptable (as long as it gets approved). The station is in the dining hall complex, which closes after a certain time, but if you’re only available for times afterward, we can certainly talk about it! Knowing what time you want to do your show is important to both the content and scheduling. If you want to do a show in the morning, it should be upbeat and exciting, but if you do a night show, listeners might be looking for something more lowkey.
Is this appropriate for school?
This question is tricky, because again, we are not confined by the FCC. However, the ARC does work in tandem with the University and we act like it. Profanity is allowed (provided it is not excessive) and any topics are open for consideration. But be aware, if you are interested in something too controversial, we may have to talk about the ARC guidelines (like what content is appropriate or what rules the studio has) to ensure that the show is acceptable to be aired in conjunction with Arcadia.
Once all of these questions have been answered, you’re ready to write a pitch! A pitch shouldn’t be longer than a paragraph, just touching on the most important parts of the show and your ideas. If you think you have a great idea for a radio show and are interested in being a part of the ARC’s rebirth, submit a pitch here for us to consider.
I look forward to reading all of your awesome ideas!