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How Do I Break Into Radio?
Useful Tips On Getting Into The Biz
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Being in Radio, I'm asked this question all the time. And why not? Radio is fun and you can get paid for it, too. Plus, there's a certain amount of "celebrity" attached to being on-the-air.

But, before you ponder a potential transition into Radio, you should know a few things upfront:

1. It's competitive
2. There are less jobs today than ever
3. The pay is quite average for most jobs

But, if none of that bothers you, then you're off to a good start. There are three basic avenues to a career in broadcasting: a college degree from a University that has a major in Radio and/or TV, a broadcasting school, or the cheap, old fashioned way: interning.

The advantage of going to college is you will acquire a complete education and leave with a degree. You will also be afforded a wider variety of classes within and related to the discipline of broadcasting. Of course, for this you will pay higher fees.

A broadcasting school works out to be considerably less than the university experience but you will also get a more streamlined program. Most broadcasting schools teach you the basics and try to also help you get that first job. But, don't be misled: broadcasting schools can be pricey.

Finally, there's the intern method. It's still one of the BEST ways to break into radio if you are willing to set aside your pride do anything at first. I know people who have started as unpaid interns and worked up to having their own radio show. I have seen it happen many times.

Just this morning, I was speaking with a personality at a Radio station who worked part-time, for free, for nine months before being offered his first big break. Now he has his own show.

As an intern, you get to learn a lot of stuff. And, once you start hanging around a radio station (and being an intern is your passport to doing that), when the Program Director or someone else in charge needs someone to fill-in - guess what? He or She turns to people nearby who they know - many times the poor, lowly intern.

This is called being at the right place at the right time - and it still pays off.

And remember: you can intern while holding your reguular job - a smart approach to changing careers.

For more specifics on how to get an intern position, see:

How To Break Into Radio - The Easiest Way

Also helpful:

How to Create An Audition Tape For A Radio Station


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- Corey Deitz

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