waic radio 3

Tjip, Suzanne, Pieterjan and Pepijn. In daily life they work as consultants and coaches at Kessels & Smit, but they are also Deejay’s. As a team, they create professional radio shows about innovation and learning. And for the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2012 in Ghent they will host a special edition: WAIC Radio.


Why radio?

DJ Tjip doesn’t hesitate: ‘Because radio is fun to make, it is fun to listen to and it forces you to get to the essence, to be brief. And… people can join in and participate in the making of a radio show. So as a listener, you have influence on the shape and content of the story. It spices up and connects any group or community.”


Connecting inside and outside

The aim behind WAIC radio is to increase WAIC’s impact by involving a larger group of people: people who can’t join the conference in person, can listen to the show. And they can participate: by requesting special songs, by doing phone interviews, by saying ‘hi’ to friends….So it is a way to connect the inside world of the conference to the outside world and vice versa.
But WAIC radio will also contribute to connecting all of the on-site participants, DJ Tjip explains: ‘With radio, you combine the intimacy of a personal conversation, with the impact of large scale. We can interview someone and have a very personal conversation, and all the others can listen. That is a special experience. And as a participant, you can also phone in and share a message or thought with the rest of the people out there. It will contribute to the feeling of being a community.’


Interviews, music, but also fun & games

A different show will air on each day of the conference. DJ Tjip promises that it will be exciting and varied: ‘We’ll hold back stage interviews with keynote speakers – ask them if they’re nervous, for example…. We’ll interview participants, to hear about their stories. Every day we will explore some topic lines of the Conference Agenda in this way. But WAIC radio is not only serious, we will also play WAIC participants’ and listeners’ favourite music. And of course, we have a lot of games and battles! A news quiz, for example. To add to the fun and energy.”


Watch the radio

The DJ’s are making their final preparations, the WAIC radio promises to be a very worthwile addition to the conference, very much in spirit with AI: sharing stories, participating, creating energy…. What is DJ Tjip looking forward to the most? He doesn’t hesitate: ‘To wearing my new Nike Air shoes. It is Appreciative Inquiry Radio: AIR. So we simply had to have those shoes!”


The shoes, as the faces of the DJ’s and their guests, will be visible throughout the radio shows, as not only the audio, but also video images will be streamed online. The radiomakers can be seen in action on the website and on big screens, strategically placed around the conference venue.


Join in

The trick of making good radio is striking the right chord, catching the vibe…. Wat will be the DJ’s opening song?
DJ Tjip: “We don’t know yet…. Something energetic, something that will get people’s spirits up, immediately. We haven’t decided which record yet, so we are open to suggestions!”
If you want to participate, for instance by suggesting an opening song, you can in several ways:

  • Contact: Text or voicemail your favourite song or message on 088-7746473
  • On twitter: use #ksonair


The show will be streamed on the WAIC website and via KSONAIR.nl. Wednesday: 16.00-20.00 CET Thursday 12:00 – 16:00 CET Friday 10:00-14:00 CET. (different time slots every day- because participants and listeners come from different time zones)