I previously scripted weekly radio "shorts" for the House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Dan Aykroyd in the voice of his famous alter ego, Elwood Blues. Each short highlighted a timely event—a birthday, an album release, a death anniversary—by giving context and spinning a related song. I researched dates, suggested topics, and then composed two to four shorts each week.


This was a superb crash course in writing for voice and tone. The only official style directive I got was Elwood never uses contractions. The rest was up to me. So I did my homework, listening to hours of House of Blues Radio and watching The Blues Brothers over and over. Tough gig.


Here's a sampling: