Speak up on the air

People in communities all around British Columbia turn to talk radio to hear more about breaking issues -- and talk radio hosts turn to callers to find out what real people think. Make sure your views are represented by calling or sending a quick e-mail to the host.

Quick Tips:

1. Get to know the shows. 

Every show is a little different, and every host has their own way of doing things. Spend some time listening to familiarize yourself with the style of the show so you can make a more meaningful contribution to the broadcast. When do they take callers? do they keep callers on the line to discuss topics with guests or just fire a single question?

2. Focus your question.

Don't just call in without a plan. Make sure you have a simple, clear question to deliver. Sometimes it helps to write it down so you don't "freeze" when you go on air. Either way, radio hosts and audiences won't want to hear someone with a rambling, confused question.

3. Make sure it's a question, not a statement.

Callers can help make a show more interesting by asking a challenging question that may not come from the host. Don't just call in to state what you believe -- you're not the guest.

4. Send your question by e-mail and Twitter.

Many shows take questions submitted by e-mail -- the perfect way to contibute if you're at work or too shy to talk on the air. They also regularly include listener comments from Twitter, so be sure to tweet your comments and mention the station or show host.

CKNW - 980 AM
Call 604-280-9898 or 1-877-399-9898

Phillip Till Show
5:30 - 8:30 am M-F
ptill@cknw.com

Bill Good Show
8:30 - 12:00 pm M-F
good@cknw.com

The Simi Sara Show
12:30 - 3:00 pm M-F

The World Today with Jon McComb
3:00 - 7:00 pm M-F
twt@cknw.com

Saturday: The Sean Leslie Show
3:00 - 6:00 pm
sleslie@cknw.com

Sunday: The Sean Leslie Show
3:00 - 6:00 pm
sleslie@cknw.com

CBC Radio (Check local freqency)

Lower Mainland: Early Editiion with Rick Cluff
5:30 - 8:30 am M-F
Call 604-662-6690
http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/contact.html

Vancouver Island: On the Island with Gregor Craigie
5:30 - 8:30 am M-F
Call 250-360-0614
http://www.cbc.ca/local_includes/bc_contacts/ontheisland.html

Southern Interior: Daybreak South with Marion Barschel
6:00 - 8:30 am M-F
Call 250-861-3748 or 1-888-662-6628
http://www.cbc.ca/local_includes/bc_contacts/daybreaksouth.html

Northern Interior, North and Central Coast: Daybreak North with Chris Walker and Carolina de Ryk
6:00 - 8:30 am M-F
Call 250-562-7863 or 1-866-340-1932
http://www.cbc.ca/local_includes/bc_contacts/daybreaknorth.html

BC Almanac with Mark Forsythe
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm M-F
Call 604-669-3733 or 1-800-825-5950
http://www.cbc.ca/local_includes/bc_contacts/bcalmanac.html

On the Coast with Stephen Quinn
3:00 - 6:00 pm M-F
Call 604-662-6979
http://www.cbc.ca/local_includes/bc_contacts/onthecoast.html

News 1130AM

Call 604-877-6332 to leave your comment on breaking stories

CFAX - 1070AM

Call 250-386-1161
talk@cfax1070.com

Stephen Andrew
9:00 - 10:00 am M-F

Pamela McCall
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Frank Stanford
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Terry Moore
3:00 - 6:00 pm