In the world of talk radio, there are two generally-accepted methods to allow a host a either a day off or a full-blown vacation. One is to do a “Best Of” program. The theory is the audience would prefer a rebroadcast of the host they tune in for rather than listening to a guest host. The other is to bring in… a guest host. That concept is favored by a station that believes having a guest host live in studio who knows the program and its audience is always better than a rebroadcast.
There is, however, a third option. It’s a concept most, if not all, stations are reluctant to try: The Stand-In.
If a station dared to bring in a stand-in, would the program suffer? Would the program benefit? Would anyone watching the program online even notice? Some believe the mere thought of it crosses a line. And if it crosses a line, what dark world would you be crossing into?
producer: Jill St. John
technical director / grip: Jane Apitz Doran
About the Author: Christopher Gabriel is the host of The Christopher Gabriel Program on AM 970 WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota and around the world online at WDAY.com. You can listen to him weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm CT. His program serves up a unique blend of current events, pop culture, sports and humor with guests and contributors from across the nation. As a writer and humorist, Christopher's work has been been published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, publications within Sun-Times Media, USA Volleyball and Team USA, the Official Website of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He's also been a weekly columnist in Fargo's daily newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.