How to Handle a Radio Interview

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The funny & witty DJ Mael (on black shirt) with Dr. Malen Gellido (grey sleeves), the executive director of the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center Cancer Institute with me. 

I had a chance today to be interviewed for a local radio station in Sto. Tomas, Batangas produced by the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center. It was about my healing journey. I shared my cancer story on-air. Hopefully, I was able to give an inspiration to all the listeners and to my fellow big “C” conquerors.

The program was dubbed “Doctor DJ” on an FM station. DJ Mael was a big hit. He was fun, congenial, witty and very helpful. The cancer topic was presented in a different light. More on the humor side but with a sincere intention to inform the public on how to handle this dreaded disease.

I was grateful that I was invited by the St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center team. My story was a bit unique because of the rare case of cancer – Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (PNet) who survived the metastasis to other digestive organs and living a normal life compared to a year ago.

I had a chance to share my struggle as a cancer patient and how to overcome one’s fear by having more trust to your medical team coupled with a lot of hope and faith.

I took also the chance to give my sincerest thanks to the medical team who handled my patient care requirements.

Together with me was Dr. Malen Gellido, the executive director for the Cancer Institute of the hospital that said PNet cases has been on the rise and there are more cases being diagnosed as of today.

He also added that to fight cancer, we should take care of our health through regular exercise, healthy lifestyle and continuous consultation with the doctors.

This was not my first radio interview, being a communications’ graduate I had my share of producing a radio talk show before. I know the pressure faced by DJ Mael to come out with a great program for the listeners.

For those who will be invited for a radio interview, here are some of my tips:
1. Be yourself. It may sound too cliche but it will help you a lot. Your personality will shine through during the interview so be genuine.

2. Face your fear. It is OK to get nervous but take a deep breath, relax and say to yourself: “I can do this”.

3. Listen with a heart. Make sure that you ask the objectives of the radio program. Listen very well to the questions of the DJ and make sure that you answer with a sincere intention to help and to inspire others.

4. Know your audience. Ask the program team, who are the target market of the show. Talk on their language. Make sure that you can be easily understood. Avoid jargon but if you need to use it, explain it in layman’s term.

5. Smile. Don’t ever forget this. Listeners will appreciate you more but if you sound more welcoming and warm.

6. Learn how to listen to your voice through the headset monitor. Yes, appreciate your own voice. It may sound weird at first, but you’ll get a hang of it. This will help you gauge if you are speaking too soft or too loud.

The “Doctor DJ” radio program was aired in Metro Manila, South Luzon (CALABARZON), and portion of North Luzon (Pampanga) with live streaming on selected online channels every Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon.

The experience gave me another perspective on how to handle radio interview for a local community radio station. It was a great experience to share your story to the world.

I hope that I inspire at least one listener to be more optimistic about life.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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