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Hear Yourself on Radio: A Broadcasting School Profile

Take your smooth voice and likeable persona to the radio waves of your town when you pursue training from a broadcasting school.

by Kelly Richardson
kelly.richardson@trade-school.org
Trade-School.org Columnist

The broadcasting industry has always been one of prestige and excitement. Playing the latest hits, relaying breaking news coverage, and discussing the topics of the day are just a few of the reasons why professionals enter the business. Here's how you may get your start in radio broadcasting.

The role that the media plays in our everyday lives is unmistakable, and quality radio programming entertains millions day and night. From American 40 to Talk Radio, broadcasting professionals have the privilege of a worldwide audience. The National Association of Broadcasters is the clearing house for the future of the broadcasting profession. Here are some of the highlights of this competitive industry:

Radio Broadcasting: Riding the Waves

  • Potent Personalities. The most successful candidates in the business may have an infectious personality. Broadcasting executives are constantly on the lookout for radio characters who will improve their listener loyalty.
  • Richer Content. Radio stations may look for broadcasting professionals to develop new content for a variety of stations including public service, entertainment programs, and news-related coverage.
  • Digital Radio. From radio on demand to wireless data services, the digital radio revolution is upon us. Over 900 free, local, over-the air radio stations are upgrading their technologies to bring better programming to all points.

If the range of new technologies isn't enough to get you excited about attending a broadcasting school then perhaps knowing a little more about the profession itself will. Here's what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006) has to say about the future of the radio broadcasting industry:

The Broadcasting Career Profile

  • Basic Training. More than 1,200 institutions offer programs in communications, journalism, and related programs to prepare you for the job.
  • Employment Outlook. Employment of broadcasting professionals is expected to increase a robust 11% over the 2004-14 period.
  • Salary Potential. Median hourly earnings for radio and television broadcasting professionals were $10.51 in May 2004.

If you feel that the radio studio is your true calling, find an accredited broadcasting school in your area and get more information about this unique profession today.

Sources

National Association of Broadcasters
Occupational Outlook Handbook

About the Author

Kelly Richardson covers the local education and technology scenes in major cities across the country. His articles appear in educational journals, periodicals, and e-zines.