Because of the familiarity with the World Wide Web, there may be a perceived disinclination to just listen to the radio. Say this to aspirant radio broadcasters who are now considering options in broadcast radio careers and they may just laugh at you. And yet, the hesitant reader may still be unsure. This short article attempts to provide a brief sketch on how to get started in radio as a motivation to keep turning the knobs until the right channel if you will is found.
For starters, radio listening is not simply a case of switching on and listening to your favorite music, although it can be a smart career choice if you have a keen interest in music as a profession. Broadcast radio is very much community oriented.
So, if your social skills are influenced by a preference for solitude, you could find yourself hamstrung in this area. A good place to start learning the trade would be to serve time in what is known as community radio. It could be perceived as something of a challenge to achieve if you are currently residing in a heavily congested urban area like LA, New York, Chicago, London or Shanghai.
But you would be surprised. Spend more time with your ham radio or short wave reception area and just count up the number of community radio stations there are in these heavily populated areas. Community radio also deals with niche areas or special interest sectors. If you have an interest in academia, joining a college radio station to talk about study matters could be a good start.
Community radio is also known as bush radio in sparsely populated and rural areas. Apart from good communications and speaking skills, every aspirant radio broadcaster should have at least some interest in journalism. And the smaller the radio station, the more necessary it may be to have good technical skills related to the overall production of radio broadcasting.
Both locally and internationally, there are still too few colleges and universities that have faculties dealing specifically with radio broadcasting. But it is not unusual for the aspirant broadcaster to study towards a diploma or degree in communications, journalism, languages and literature. And there is also scope for technically minded students who would prefer not to go behind the mike and deal rather with the day to day intricacies of production work.
After graduating and submitting a favorable resume, an apprenticeship with a leading local or international broadcaster is usually possible. Working with an industry leader could also secure the young graduate with a livable stipend. So, on the very basic level, if you love talking to people about things that interest you or matter to you, then radio may just be for you.
And apart from listening to the radio daily, the job hunting expo continues online. What a good way to connect the dots, seeing that many radio networks are now very much part of the World Wide Web.