Do you want to be a Talk Show Star?

December 16, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Val Slastnikov

I was doing a research on what it would take for an ordinary author/speaker/expert (such as myself, for example, i.e. NOT a celebrity), to get booked on a national talk show to promote a book, to launch a campaign, to create a buzz about an upcoming product, etc. and the results of my search led me to believe that…

Yes, I certainly can!

According to Steve Harrison, the Publisher of highly successful “Radio-TV Interview Report” (RTIR), it is highly possible these days.

However, according to Steve, “certain topics are more appealing to talk show producers than others.”

Steve firmly believes that “WORDS MATTER” and, since their very start back in 1986, his company helped a number of best-selling writers book themselves on Radio and TV Shows, including the likes of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, co-authors of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, Deepak Chopra and many, many others.

The success of RTIR is undeniable and Blanquita Cullum, President of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts of Washington, D.C., calls RTIR “the bible of the industry”.


Because “Each of their issues reaches over 4,000 producers, hosts and program directors nationwide.”

But here’s the “kicker”: After having helped more than 10,000 people get on the air, they discovered the following. Some show topics are MUCH more popular than the others, so your success highly depends on knowing what they are and using that knowledge to your advantage! For instance –

Talk show topics with the MOST appeal include:

  • Anniversaries of famous events
  • Celebrities
  • Conspiracies
  • Controversy
  • Current events
  • Funny/humorous topics
  • Movies, TV, entertainment
  • Politics
  • Provocative opinions
  • Relationships/romance
  • Relevance to pop culture
  • Related to current news
  • Rock & pop music
  • Sports
  • Strange/unusual
  • Timely topics

As I mentioned to you at the beginning of this article, the RTIR conclusions gave me a source of inspiration.

“Listen, Val…”, I thought to myself,  “if you want to book yourself on a Prime-time TV or a Radio show, your story should sound somewhat like this:

“My name is Rock “Bull’s Eye” Popsome, today we celebrate a 10-year anniversary of “PopSportCelebstock”, a highly controvercial and famous event that started a decade ago in Prockins, Rockonado as a conspiracy of a whole bunch of rock & pop stars, comedians, movie, TV and Sports entertainment celebrities who got together and voiced their opinion against certain political leaders that were trying to suppress their provocative views on pop culture, news coverage and strange/unusual relationships & romance, an integral part of their culture.

This year over 1 Million people, including rock & pop stars, comedians, movie, TV and Sports entertainment celebrities are getting together – once again – in Rockins, Provocado to celebrate the PopSportCelebstock anniversary and to discuss the timely topics relating to their so-called “Re-Union.”

Get the idea? šŸ˜‰

If you think you can do better – please leave me some Comments below.

Happy Holidays, everyone!



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