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What is the best way to get into Radio?

Hi! Where I live, the options of going into radio aren't exactly the "cool thing" to do. For example parent's, teachers, and peers would rather be doing something that encompasses more of a "stable" job such as a doctor or an engineer. What do you suggest to someone who has an authentic interest in radio in this situation? #radio #radio-broadcasting #radio-host


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Stephen’s Answer

There are many examples of long term/respected radio jobs. Alan Chartock from WAMC in Albany, New York; Terry Gross from NPR's Fresh Air. I got started in radio at a college radio station as a community member. Radio stations need to be on air a specific amount of time to maintain their FCC license. Many college stations turn to the community for dj's and programming to maintain these requirements and give the station some continuity over time.

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Michael’s Answer

Radio as really evolved and is more corporate than before.  Each market has a "KissFM" or "Now".   Smaller markets tend to be the easiest to get your "foot in the door."  

Michael recommends the following next steps:

If you have a local radio station with a live announcer. (Most are voice tracked") Start talking to the announcer and tell them of your passion. See if you can visit a station and get to learn how a station works. This includes sales, news, marketing....including the program director. See if they offer a summer internship program where you can get involved in promotions. Ask if they have weekend opportunities. (Even if it's just to board op.)
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I suggest looking at education next. Brown College in Minneapolis Mn. offers a 2 year degree in radio. Sounds like a long time but it will give you a full view of the radio process. Including television! There is much to learn but if you have a passion...go for it!
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Charles’s Answer

Whoever is telling you not to persue your dream, well they're probably miserable in their own career. Don't listen to them if this is your passion for life!
there are real and viable careers in radio if it's your passion and you are willing to hustle and stop at nothing to do it. Keep in mind though, starting out the pay sucks. We're talking ramen noodle soup budgets for some. But many find careers in radio and tv. Many find it starting out to be hard. Be broad in your focus and have a plan B. To really make it most guys who run a board are on air too. So if you don't have the voice and charisma, I it may not work out. Be prepared to travel from station to station to advance your pay and opportunities. This may mean being many states away from friends and family. Expect to work late nights, holidays, weekends, etc.
There are schools like Soecs Howard who will teach you skills for radio and recording industry. Some people find a niche making commercials for radio on the production side. This maybe more stable as that job is tied to the money.


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