USC Annenberg Media Resources

Writing for Radio

Radio writing is different from TV and print writing in several key ways. The biggest thing to remember is to keep it simple. We like to say ‘pretend you’re telling this story to your mom.’

Keep these pointers in mind when writing for broadcast:

  • Short, declarative sentences
  • Conversational style
  • Active Voice
  • Present Tense (when appropriate)

Other pointers on how to write for radio can be found in the Producer Manual

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