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Get it on the Radio: Pitching

I know someone who is an expert at this. I’m not opposed to it, but I decided not to wait for another podcast to read my stories. I’m doing my own. I would like to be on the New York Times and their Modern Love podcast one day, which would require getting an essay accepted first.

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Right now, podcasts are a thing. Podcasts about accused murderers, about science, about old Hollywood. And many, many podcasts about personal stories. Ever listen to This American Life or The Moth and thought, I have a story that would be great for that show?

You probably do.

So what’s the process? How does the story get from your head (or the essay you already wrote) to the airwaves?

First, listen to the show(s) you want to be on. Different programs have very different styles and subject matter, and the story that’s perfect for Risk! is going to be terrible for Radio Ambulante. If a program is broadcast on the radio rather than solely on the internet, they have FCC restrictions on language and content. Some shows have a presentation component, where the first step…

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