Radio in common with much of the broadcasting and entertainment industry many would say is a notoriously difficult industry to break into, but the same strategies that apply to finding a career or a job anywhere in any industry also applies to the radio industry. Knowing even a little bit about the various job specialisations and areas of working can often help a candidate identify any opportunities better.
Knowing what opportunities to look for, where they’re likely to appear are, what they’re called and recognising them should they appear can often present an advantage.
Radio Industry Departmental Specialisation.
There are many jobs available within a radio company that are not radio presenters, the public face of the radio station. Many public broadcasting personalities, presenters and DJ’s, began their careers behind the scenes before progressing to on-air work, whilst many other radio professionals have never presented programmes. There are potential routes into radio and often jobs in some of the following departments:
- Commercials Production – or sometimes called Creative Services
- Engineering – both digital sound recording and broadcasting technicians.
- Production – which covers most audio and programme production (on-air back-up)
- Sales and Marketing – any revenue generation, commercial and public service broadcasting stations
- News and Sport – journalists both newsreaders on-air and behind the scenes.
- Presentation – from Music Djs to Talk show hosts and Interview Hosts.