Tommy Kramer Tip #37 – Words that “push the Listener away”

“Out there,” (as in “the streets are wet out there”) “over there,” “up there,” “in here,” “there in x,” “out in,” “over in,” “up in,” “there in,” “out by,” “over by,” “up by,” “there by.”
People hear these words all the time—but they shouldn’t.

Those words “push the Listener away” by telling her that she’s somewhere else.
Listen. I’m not “there.” I’m right here, in my car or in my office. And you’re right here with me. So if you constantly use wording that tells me that you’re not, you’re arbitrarily throwing away radio’s most precious aspect—the one-on-one connection to the listener. I can’t understand why anyone would want to do that.
Better word choices are the way to pull people toward you, instead. Example: Say “in Richardson” (instead of “out there in Richardson”). This is easy to correct. Catch it now before it gets too deeply embedded.

Radio isn’t “Where’s Waldo?” because you—Waldo—need to be where I am.

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Tommy Kramer
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