30-Second Radio Ad Script Examples + Final, Produced Spots

Here are six 30-second radio ad scripts from Walt Jaschek’s copywriting portfolio, along with final, produced radio spots for comparison to the scripts. Helpful!

Need to write a 30-second radio ad script? I could write it for you. Or you can do it yourself, using these 30-second radio ad script examples as inspiration. They might unlock an idea or two.

Hi. I’m Walt Jaschek, and I’ve been writing radio ad scripts for decades, with hundreds produced for brands big and small worldwide.

This site you are on has lots of radio spots I’ve written or co-written; many of them funny, many of them award-winning. There are 14 of them detailed in this companion post.

Culled from that longer set are the below 30-second spots, with scripts, most produced by Paul & Walt Worldwide, so you can see and hear how the writer communicated to clients and collaborators how the final spots should “sound.”

That’s your first, most important job as a writer of radio: to help a reader – a client, an actor, an engineer – “hear” the commercial in his or her head.

Yes, a successful radio spot owes collaborative contributions from the producer. Director. Engineer. Sound designer. Voice talent. And clients courageous enough to do something beyond the boring ordinary. But it starts with the script.

Funny, 30-Second Radio Ad Script #1

“Auditions” for Star Trek: The Next Generation

SFX: Harp glisten, to indicate a flashback

ANNOUNCER: We take you back now to the auditions for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

DIRECTOR (as if to assembled actors): Okay, people, today we are auditioning for the role of Captain Picard. Please read the line in the script. You, the guy in the bow tie?

NERDY GUY (as nerdy as can be): I am Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise…

DIRECTOR (cutting him off): Thank you. You, sir, the next guy?

BAD ACTOR (clunky): I. am. Jean-Luc. Picard…

DIRECTOR (cutting him off): Thank you. Okay, you, sir, the bald guy?

PATRICK STEWART (in perfect Picard speak): I am Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise.

DIRECTOR: Hmmm. Uh, bald guy?

PATRICK STEWART: Yes?

DIRECTOR: Do you get air sick at warp speed?

MUSIC: Star Trek theme, under

ANNOUNCER: Star Trek: the Next Generation. One hip starship! Weeknights at 7 on Channel 6

MUSIC OUT

Funny, 30-Second Ad Script Example #2

“Magnesium And Phosphorus” for Big Bang Theory

ANNOUNCER (urgent:) Magnesium burns at 2,474 degrees Kelvin.

SOUND FX: Chemicals burning in a lab’s bunsen burner

ANNOUNCER: Phosphorus burns at 3,333 degrees Kelvin.

SOUND FX: Chemicals burning in a lab

ANNOUNCER: And Sheldon Cooper burns… five nights a week.

SHELDON COOPER: You bowl like your Mama… unless of course she bowls well… in which you bowl nothing like her!

SFX: AUDIENCE LAUGHTER

ANNOUNCER: Ouch! On The Big Bang Theory, you draw Sheldon’s fire… you’re gonna get burned!

SHELDON COOPER: That’s what I call a burn on you!

SFX: AUDIENCE LAUGHTER

MUSIC: BIg Bang theme, under

ANNOUNCER: The Big Bang Theory. Five nights a week.

[:05 local TV station tag]

Funny, 30-Second Ad Script Example #3

Listen to the recorded spot and compare it to the script.

“Vibrating Water Bed” for Jeopardy

LAVERNE (seductively): Oh, Larry…

LARRY: I’m watching Jeopardy, LaVerne.

LAVERNE: It’s our honeymoon…

LARRY: All this week, it’s the first round of the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions!

LAVERNE: We have this waterbed…

LARRY: This is primo Jeopardy action! The champ wins a hundred grand!

SOUND FX: VIBRATING WATER BED TURNED ON

LAVERNE (her voice vibrating, too): It’s a vibrating water bed…

LARRY: Sorry, LaVerne! The Tournament of Champions!

LAVERNE (resigned, but her voice still vibrating): Okay..ay..ay..

MUSIC: END OF “JEOPARDY” THEME, UNDER

ANNOUNCER: Jeopardy. Any questions?

LAVERNE (her voice still vibrating): Yeah! How do you turn this thing off?

JEOPARDY THEME CONCLUDES UNDER LOCAL TAG

Funny, 30-Second Radio Ad Script Example #4

Listen to the finished spot and compare it to the script.

“Put Your Tongue on the Radio” for Gene Simmons Family Jewels

ANNOUNCER: Put your tongue on the radio. (beat) Wait, that might be a little tingly. Ahem. Don’t put your tongue on the radio. But do stick your tongue out. That’s right. Keep going. There. Wow, you have a long tongue! Congrats! But it’s all relative, baby, because, you have a teeny-weenie tongue compared to…

GENE SIMMONS: I’m Gene Simmons. Rock God.

SFX: CROWD CHEERS

MUSIC: ROCK KICKS IN

ANNOUNCER: It’s the rock-meets-reality show that licks ‘em all! Gene Simmons Family Jewels – Season 2 premiere! Starring the man who has more talent than you can shake a tongue at.

GENE SIMMONS: Precisely.

ANNOUNCER: Gene Simmons Family Jewels. A&E Sunday. Oh:

MUSIC: OUT

ANNOUNCER: Please put your tongue back in. The guy is the van is staring.

Funny, 30-second Ad Script Example #5

Listen and compare the finished spot to the script.

“I’m Shaving My Head!” for Star: Trek the Next Generation.

MUSIC: STAR TREK THEME MUSIC, UNDER

ANNOUNCER: All over Miami, they’re shaving their heads!

YOUNG MAN (enthusiastically): I’m shaving my head!

SOUND FX: ELECTRIC HAIR CLIPPERS, MOVING FROM LEFT STEREO CHANNEL TO RIGHT

ANNOUNCER: Throughout the entire Channel 6 viewing area, they’re shaving their heads!

YOUNG WOMAN (enthusiastically): I’m shaving my head!

SOUND FX: ELECTRIC HAIR CLIPPERS

ANNOUNCER: They’re going for… The Jean-Luc Look!

YOUNG COUPLE (simultaneously): We’re shaving our heads!

SOUND FX: ELECTRIC HAIR CLIPPERS

ANNOUNCER: Like Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the bold, bald head of “Star Trek: the Next Generation,” weekdays at four on Channell Six. Get the look!

OLD, FUNNY GEEZER GUY (enthusiastically): I’m shavin’ my head!

ANNOUNCER: The Jean-Luc Look! On “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Weekdays at four on Channel 6.

MUSIC: THEME MUSIC CONCLUDES WITH A FLOURISH

Watch “Star Trek: Picard” for free on CBS All Access

Funny, 30-second Radio Ad Script Example #6

Listen to the spot and compare it to the script.

“Millions of Americans” for American Optometric Association

ANNOUNCER: We have with us in the studio millions of Americans. Millions, welcome.

HUGE THRONG (multiple layered voices, as if a “million” people were speaking simultaneously): NICE TO BE HERE.

ANNOUNCER: We’re asking millions of Americans to get their children’s eyes examined once a year.

HUGE THRONG: ONCE A YEAR?

ANNOUNCER: Right! All in favor of annual eye exams for children three and up, say “Aye!”

HUGE THRONG: AYE!

ANNOUNCER: Say, “Eye care means you care.”

HUGE THRONG: “EYE CARE MEANS YOU CARE.”

ANNOUNCER: Say, “Sally sells sea shells by the seashore.”

HUGE THRONG (getting the tongue twister wrong:) SALLY SHELLS SHE SELLS…

ANNOUNCER: Gotcha!

HUGE THRONG (sheepish): …BY THE SHE-SORE.

ANNOUNCER: A public service message from the American Optometric Association.

Scripts © Walt Jaschek. Spots © Paul & Walt Worldwide. All rights reserved.

More on my YouTube channel.

See also: 15 Funny Radio Ads To Inspire More of the Same

Want great copywriting like this? Contact Walt.


Walt Jaschek is a writer of comics, comedy and copy for big brands. For his work creating funny, award-winning ad campaigns for the entertainment industry, he was inducted in 2018 into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame. Declaring “I’m not history yet,” Walt is writing new content daily.

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2 thoughts on “30-Second Radio Ad Script Examples + Final, Produced Spots”

  1. Both of the temperatures in the “burn” commercial script do not match the audio.
    Audio 7,473 Script 2,474
    Audio 3,033 Script 3,333
    I just thought this was funny enough to mention.
    Oh, and…
    Audio
    …Theory, draw…
    Script
    …Theory, you draw…

    Cheers!
    Oops, I mean BBT!

    1. Now that’s the kind of thought we’re looking for here, Steve. Much appreciate that close read. I’d fix it, but it would make this comment thread superfluous. Ya know, I think I’ll leave it alone. If we can do anything for you…

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