Are you curious about Radio Imaging? It’s often used to make a radio station stand out, but do you know what it really is and how it’s used?

This article will explain what Radio Imaging is, the various types available, and how it can be used effectively to convey a station’s format, target audience, and musical style.

Discover how Radio Imaging & Sonic Imaging can help your station stand out from other radio stations and create an unforgettable station identity that your listeners will love!

So read on to find out more about getting the best radio imaging!




You’re about to discover the power of custom radio imaging audio that can help create an unmistakable identity for your station and get you noticed!

A great producer can craft Radio Imaging (e.g. Sweepers, Stingers, or Cold Mixouts) using a voiceover, a creative script, sound effects, and music to create imaging audio that will easily identify what people are listening to.

Whether it’s Radio Imaging or Sonic Imaging, such audio conveys a station’s format, target audience, personality and musical format.

So, delve deeper into this fascinating subject and discover how your station can stand out from the crowd with the power of imaging!


Scripting your Radio Station Imaging:


Here is an example of how important Language is when writing Radio Imaging.  Your Imaging should be written simplistic, and creatively and talk like your listeners.

Here are some examples of how you might write your Imaging and talk like your listeners:

  • Urban / Hip Hop Audience: you might use a phrase like ‘The Hottest Beats Drop Here‘ with heavy sub bass, and rhythmic hip hop music style production.
  • Oldies: you might use a phrase like ‘The Classics Of Yesterday‘ with a couple of swoosh sound effects, relaxing music and nice reverb & echo tails (production terminology – sorry!)
  • Rock: you might use a phrase like ‘Making your speakers tremble… Rock Lives Here” with a deep, authoritative gravely boomy male voice.
  • CHR (Current Hit Radio, Top 40): you might use a phrase like ‘Hit Music.. Lives Here!’ with a youthful, energetic voice.

Do make sure that your message is concise and to the point. Avoid long-winded sentences, remove all woffle words, and keep your message simple. This will help keep your audience engaged and interested.


Using The Right Voice for Your Station Imaging


To create a successful radio imaging, selecting a voice artist appropriate for your station and its target audience is important. This voice is known as your ‘Station Voice’, and you should maintain this voice throughout all of your Imaging going forward. Again your listeners will get familiar with this voice.

Choosing the right voice can make all the difference.

Here are a few examples:

  • Youthful Energy: If your station primarily targets a younger audience, perhaps focusing on pop culture or contemporary hits, you’ll likely want a voice that resonates with that demographic. A youthful, energetic, and enthusiastic voice can help connect with your listeners and mirror their energy.
  • Smooth and Sophisticated: On the other hand, if your radio station focuses on jazz, classical music, or talk radio, a more mature, soothing, and sophisticated voice might be more appropriate. This type of voice can give your station a sense of depth and gravitas, appealing to a more mature or discerning audience.
  • Exciting and Vibrant: An exciting and vibrant voice can create an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement for a sports station or one focusing on high-energy music genres. Think of a voice that matches the enthusiasm of a sports commentator or a concert announcer, driving engagement and energy in your listeners.
  • Friendly and Warm: If your station is community-focused or centres around easy listening genres, a warm, friendly, and inviting voice can create a sense of comfort and familiarity. This type of voice can make your listeners feel like they’re catching up with an old friend, enhancing the sense of community around your station.

Remember, the station voice you choose for your station imaging should reflect the image you want your station to convey. It’s not only about finding a voice that sounds good but also one that fits your brand and resonates with your target audience.


Tips for Creating Effective Radio Imaging


Creating effective quality radio imaging doesn’t have to be complicated – just follow these expert tips and you’ll be on your way! First, it’s important to have a solid understanding of your target audience. This will help you determine the type of sound and language you should use. It’s also important to use sound effects sparingly and strategically. The right sound effects can help draw attention to your message, but overuse can lead to confusion.

Types and Terminology


When creating custom audio for your station, you’ll want to be familiar with terms like Stinger, Sweeper/Station ID/Liner, Cold Voiceover, and Cold Mixouts. Here are audio examples and a description from each from LFM Audio.

A Stinger is a short production up to 7 words long that features sound effects and music.

A radio Sweeper or a Station ID Liner is longer at around 15 seconds or 30 words with sound effects and music. 

Cold Imaging / Cold Voiceover / Cold Mixout – utilise only spoken voice (mastered using compression, EQ, and reverb but without sound effects or music beds). 

There are lots of other terminologies in radio imaging which I will tell you about in another blog, such as Jingles, Slogan, Promos, Commercials, Promos, Workparts and Imaging Packages. 


How to use Cold Imaging?


Cold Imaging can play over song intros to create a recognisable sonic signature without disrupting their music flow.

Here is an example of a Cold Imaging piece playing over a Song Intro. See how the music doesn’t stop? 

What about the new Sonic Imaging?


As there are more and more radio stations in the world, we are always trying to innovate ways on how to stand out against other radio stations. The latest innovation in Radio Imaging is Sonic Imaging (which LFM Audio started in 2021).

Sonic Imaging is a new modern, catchy twist on Radio Imaging. It has the catchy musical elements you get in sung jingles mixed with general radio imaging to create an unforgettable sonic signature that your listeners won’t get enough of.

Sonic Imaging includes packages like Sonic Sweepers, Cold Mixouts and Sonic IDs. Each is custom-made and tailored to fit your format and the style of the radio station.

Here below is a video from Ethan Lessiter (CEO At LFM Audio) on just a couple of examples of how you can use Sonic Imaging:


What is the cost of Imaging services?


The cost of creating radio imaging can vary significantly depending on the project’s size and complexity. For smaller podcasts and radio shows, prices can range from under a hundred dollars to a few hundred dollars. However, larger stations with more extensive projects may incur thousands or even higher costs.

These expenses are primarily driven by the need to hire professional voice actors, obtain licenses for sound effects and music, and cover the production costs of the audio itself. Ultimately, the total cost of producing radio imaging will be determined by the specific requirements of each project.

LFM Audio offers transparent pricing for a radio imaging package via their Audio Creator, allowing you to generate your order or quote online instantly. They provide everything you need Imaging & Audio Ad wise for your Radio Station.

See the video below on how to use the audio creator




Radio Imaging is audio production used to ensure listeners know what they’re listening to and provide a fun and catchy audio personality for the radio station. 

This helps build a strong connection between listeners and the radio station, making them more likely to stay tuned in. Additionally, it encourages interaction with the radio station through social media, SMS messages, website visits, and more.




You now better understand how Radio Imaging can benefit your station by capturing the essence of your format, target audience, and music style. It’s a powerful tool that allows you to stand out from other stations in the market.

Sonic Imaging is another effective way to create a unique audio signature that listeners will recognise and associate with your station.

So, why not update your radio to use this powerful service? Start getting creative with your audio branding and craft custom Radio Imaging today.

Transform the sound of your radio station and captivate listeners with custom Radio Imaging from LFM Audio ( Differentiate yourself from the competition and cultivate a loyal following by capturing the essence of your format, target audience, and music style.


Questions to think about:

1) Have you noticed how the sound of your favourite radio station sets it apart from the rest?


2) Can you identify any specific Imaging techniques they use?


Want worldclass Radio Imaging?

Contact LFM Audio today and let’s start creating your unique audio signature!”

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