There are many different jobs in the radio industry. Wherever your expertise lay, there will be some position for you at a station. Here is an overview of all the potential jobs in radio stations.
The general manager is in charge of the station’s operations. The role of GM requires knowledge of the industry, technical understanding of how to operate a station as well as the ability to lead a team.
Station managers are in control of how the station operates on a daily basis. They need to have effective personnel management and also have extensive knowledge in every aspect of operating broadcast radio.
Radio Programme Controller / Director/ Manager
This role is responsible for what goes on air. They must govern the sound of the station and have control over the production, the talent, the work schedules and the program schedules. The PC must work to the goals of the GM and the general sales manager.
Radio Broadcast (Production) Assistant
The radio broadcast assistant will work with all production teams and help when needed. They can take on any task, from admin to helping out in the studio.
Music directors work with the programme director to pick new recordings to be played after they are sent in by record companies. They also organise the station’s music library and submit the music royalty returns for PPL and PRS.
This person is in charge of the news department, assigns stories to staff reporters, as well as monitors wire service. The news editor must be able to identify important news issues within the community that the station broadcasts to.
Reporters must identity and research news stories before they present them on air. While they will have to spend some time in an office or in a newsroom, they will be expected to work on the ground, gathering information, recording events and interviewing people involved.
Similar to a news editor, sports directors are in charge of all sports reporters. They may handle the play-by-play coverage of local sporting events.
This role is the voice of a station or a programme. Presenters need to develop a good relationship with listeners and maintaining it. They can determine the tone and style of radio output. They may also assist or carry out other tasks in production and may have to deliver content for websites or mobile platforms.
Although they rarely speak on the air themselves, radio producers are essential in crafting radio programmes and content. They are in charge of creating and organising content for broadcasting and may oversee content on websites and mobile platforms. They can also be involved with other aspects of the station such as business and technical aspects.
Station announcers are whom the listeners may identify the station by. They are the voice of the station. They are a key part of the public presentation of the station. Announcers will introduce programmes and music, read commercial copy and public service announcements.
This role involves being in charge of all technology necessary to put the station on air. They maintain the broadcast and can quickly solve any problems that may arise with the studio, transmitter and other equipment.
The maintenance engineer installs and performs preventive maintenance. They repair mixing desks, recording equipment, microphones and rack rooms, as well as other equipment and electronic systems in the station.