1. Duplication of programmes . ( doing similar programmes after the other on the same day)
2. Poor medium of communication on air. For example using broken twi or English. (Media is for education and presenters must therefore use proper language )
3.Not having a specific signature tune (song) but using different song every day
4. Treating potential resource persons as callers ).Some radio host or presenters do not know the difference between callers and resource persons .
5. Picking calls after signing off the programme because of the caller’s personality.
6. Some presenters fail to go for commercial break or break on a talkshow.
7. Most depend on callers rather than mature resource persons to expose relevant issues on air.
8. Long introduction of a programme , guest or resource persons and repetition of words
9. Allowing people to call into the show before the introduction of the topic for
discussion ; and the comments of the resource persons on the show. ( some callers who are allowed to call earlier deviate from the topic ). It is wrong to bring in an unscheduled person to make a statement before the main resource persons
10. Poor introduction of the show , host or presenter and the resource persons for the day. ( The effectiveness of every radio talk show depends on how you introduce the show ).
11. Others fail to do proper research on the topic of the day but rather depend on the callers for insight into the topic on board.
12. Continuous and a long play of advertisement. Advent should not be played more than 30mins continuously, especially during talk show programme.
13.Doing interview or receiving calls and at the same time talking to someone else on phone in the studios.
14. Lack of courage to correct wrong statement coming from either a resource person or regular callers ( listeners ).
15.Lack of improvement of the show which is a result of lack of advice and accepting correction from advanced media persons. Most Ghanaian radio stations, especially host and presenters in UK are doing the same every day and some of them seem to have the same style of presentation because they don’t accept corrections and criticism or suggestions.
16. Late start of the programme and not seeing the need to apologise to the listening public. The host and resource persons should be in the studios at least fifteen minutes before the show.
These are the shortcomings I have personally observed about Ghanaian radio stations abroad especially London ;and I am appealing to everyone who is involved in media, especially radio work, to stay away from the common mistakes and seek to improve on whatever radio work they are doing.