Last Updated Oct 25, 2008 12:49 PM EDT
Naturally, therefore, the competition to get on the show is brutal. After all, it's on only five days a week, and oftentimes, they don't even use new interviews, preferring instead to replay an old interview because the person has died, or written a new book or is starring in a new movie. Like I said, it's a really tough hit to get, making it all the more valuable.
So you can probably use all the advice you can get, right?
So give a round of thanks to Debbie Stier at The 26th Story, who scored an interview with Fresh Air producer Amy Salit. It's a short interview so you can head over to their blog to read it, but here are a few gems:
What makes a great interview?
[On] radio... you can feel if the person is speaking spontaneously. If they are, you can hear them thinking through their ideas. Their passion and enthusiasm comes through. They need to be talking to Terry instead of giving a lecture. I also like to hear something new, either to help explain a situation in society, or to reveal something new about a celebrity guest.