IN THIS CHAPTER
David Letterman, Oprah, Larry King, Barbra Walters, Johnny Carson.... The list goes on and on of famous people who became famous by interviewing other famous people. If we said you have 60 seconds to write down as many names as possible of different programs based primarily on conducting interviews, there is a good chance you would run out of time before you ran out of shows. By and large, people enjoy watching someone being interviewed if the interview is done well. So what does it take to make a good interview? As Wichita stated to start this chapter: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. If you respect the listener and the guest, both will enjoy the interview. In addition to respect, you also need to have fun with the interview, and you need to share that feeling of fun with the listeners and the guests. Wichita went on to say the following:
To learn more about the 5 Minutes with Wichita podcast, see, "5 Minutes with Wichita," p. 64 (Chapter 3, "Podcast Genres").
Even if the interview is only a small part of your show, an interview done well can really improve the overall feel of your show. In this chapter, we go over those items that we feel will help improve your interviews.