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Next Level Hosting Tip

So, you know how to “play the hits” and have big opinions. Good. Now, it’s time to take your hosting game to the next level.arod

Share your emotions.

Never was it so evident that this was an opportunity for talkers – news and sports alike – than with the A-Rod story. I heard a bunch of great, unique, big whopping opinions, but still felt disconnected to the hosts..

Here are some of the opinions I heard.

  • A-Rod is the face of steroids and always will be.
  • A-Rod is the most hated player in baseball. Maybe even baseball history.
  • On the field, A-Rod is one of the baseball Gods.
  • A-Rod would have been booed anywhere in the World!
  • Fans don’t like A-Rod. They’d much rather sit down after a game and have a beer with McGwire, Sosa, Palmiero, Canseco or (gasp!) even Bonds.
  • You can blame Bud Selig for McGwire, Bonds and the others from that era, but A-Rod did this knowingly and willfully.

Great opinions, but I still don’t know how you really feel about the topic.

  • How does it make you feel that A-Rod is back
  • How does it make you feel that A-Rod was suspended 211 games
  • How does it make you feel that A-Rod was booed
  • How does it make you feel that A-Rod would be booed everywhere in the World
  • How does it make you feel that A-Rod is face of steroids
  • How would you feel sitting down with A-Rod after a game and having a beer?
  • How do you feel that A-Rod wasted his natural ability and ruined his legacy?

And why do you feel that way?

People like emotions. When shared freely and honestly, it serves as a true, more authentic connection. It’s the difference between receiving a form letter or a hand written note. Even if they say the exact same thing, the hand written note means more.

Think of emotions as rare commodities. Few hosts are dealing in them and willing to be vulnerable, so if you are the one who’s got the guts to go there — you’ll be sure to stand apart.

  1. Paul Gassée
    August 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Great stuff, Larry, once again. So true about sports talk radio, and about life in general.

    • August 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Thanks Paul. I appreciate the comments. Knowing at least one person benefits is pleasing and keeps me motivated. All the best.

  2. August 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Great stuff, Larry, as usual. Excellent point on emotions and the need to follow through on the emotions of a headline. You’re spot on! Thanks for the insight.

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