Q: What is The Ross Brittain Report?
A: A topical radio show prep sheet. It is not a joke sheet, although it is written with an attitude. There may be an occasional off-color reference or two, but they are always flagged. And we freely admit it, sometimes we put items in we know won't get on the air just to keep you informed or as a funny line to get you in a good mood.
Q: Why don't you write it like a news service?
A: Because nobody talks that way. We write for radio --so there's a clear subject or thought right at the beginning of each story to grab your listener. It's written in everyday language so you can rip-and-read, and often as a "set-up" so it'll draw you toward some sort of conclusion or set up somebody else on your show for a line. Other times we'll write it as a story so you can "tell it" to your listeners.
Q: Who are your writers?
A: Because nobody can churn out as many pages as we do without contributors, we have several writers on staff. We also have other occasional contributors, and if you have something of interest, we encourage you to submit it.
Q: I don't do mornings. Can I still get the Report?
A: Of course. Although it's written to include everything that you might want to comment on in the 18-hour period before your show, many of the topical and tabloid items will last through the day and appear on shows like "Entertainment Tonight" and "Extra."
Q: Why is it a different number of pages each day?
A: Some days there's just more happening than other days. Mondays and Fridays we tend to add a page to deal with weekend stuff. And if it's a slow news day, we're not going to fill with BS to make us look good.
Q: I don't use all your categories.
A: Who does? We don't suggest every item can be used for your show --you know what you like best and what will work best for you or your staff. You can select the categories you want to exclude by choosing "preferences" from the main menu, and customizing the RBR just for you. Or you can select "View Full Report" or "Print Full Report" which will give you everything. If you're scanning through the RBR, you'll find the names bold-faced and capitalized the first time they appear in each story for your convenience.
Q: I'm having trouble printing the Report. Can you help?
A: Problems with getting the two-column format to fit on a page? On your drop-down printer menu... set all your margins to .5 inches and enable "shrink-to-fit" by checking it.
Q: What time do you feed the Report?
A: The final version of the RBR should be available by 4:30 am (Eastern), latest; often times an early edition will be available after midnight (Eastern). We try to add the final items as late as possible, since several gossip columns, daily newspapers and Hollywood tabloids are posted between 3 and 4 am. Yes, we could feed earlier, but then you wouldn't get the topical material that makes you sound way ahead of your competition.
Q: You made a mistake. What's the process for correcting it?
A: Everybody does sometimes. If it's a big enough mistake that you'll look bad by using it, we'll e-mail a correction out. Usually the news director(s) we keep on staff will catch it, but you're more than welcome to give us a call or drop us a line and bust our chops for being stupid. Hopefully, if it's really stupid, you'll be able to turn it into a bit or catch it yourself if it's out of context.