What makes for good news talk radio? That really depends on what the listener likes. There are three key aspects that make news radio an important part of daily listening for people: information, entertainment, and involvement.
Information is key when it comes to news talk radio. The radio talk show hosts need to be informed as to what is important to its listeners. It is vital for a radio host to know of the issues and news that are happening at the moment. People like to know what is happening. Some people listen because they agree with the host and others listen so they can argue and present the opposite stance on an issue or problem.
Entertainment value is also an important aspect of radio news. People will not listen if they think the hosts are boring. Often, the radio news host has to be quick on their toes in response to callers. If people agree with them, it is not too hard to respond, but a good host is able to respond to his or her critics without sounding petulant or whiny. If they fail to do so, often their listeners lose respect for them.
The last but also important element to a good radio news program is that it gets its listeners involved in the discussion, both those that agree and those that disagree with what is being said. If a radio host cannot invoke a person to respond or call, he or she will lose intrinsic entertainment value. Radio hosts need to be good at touching an emotional chord with their audience and therefore eliciting calls and loyalty in listening. People need to feel that they are heard and understood or that their opinions can be voiced.
So whether you are a fan or a critic of a news radio show, the most important thing is that you listen. A radio talk show host is only as good as its listeners participate and stay tuned to what is being said.