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Radio: Behind The Scenes (SOC CODE: 27-4011.00)

Job Description Overview

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

Related Careers

  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Technical Directors/Managers
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Aerospace Engineers

Sample Job Duties

  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, using research, knowledge, and training.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Radio: Behind The Scene

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0391

      The Radio Broadcasting Behind-the-Scenes Certificate of Achievement provides expertise in a variety of behind-the-scenes specialties. Students gain practical hands-on-experience in the broadcasting industry through an off-campus internship at a radio station, production studio or other broadcasting facility.

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 10Radio Programming and Producer Techniques3
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 11BAdvanced Radio Production3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      R-TV 96ACampus Radio Station Lab: Studio Procedures and Equipment Operations1
      R-TV 96BCampus Radio Station Lab: Disc Jockey & News Anchor/Reporter Skills1
      R-TV 96CCampus Radio Station Lab: Hosting and Management Skills1
      R-TV 97ARadio/Entertainment Industry Seminar1
      R-TV 97BRadio/Entertainment Industry Work Experience1
      Required Electives
      Choose three units from the following:3
      R-TV 05
      Radio-TV Newswriting
      R-TV 09
      Broadcast Sales and Promotion
      R-TV 17
      Internet Radio and Podcasting
      R-TV 31
      History of Radio DJs
      R-TV 32
      Social Media in Broadcasting
      R-TV 35
      Pop Culture in the Media
      R-TV 99
      Special Projects in Broadcasting and Entertainment Industry
      R-TV 101
      Work Experience in Broadcast Entertainment
      Total Units23

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

    • Radio: Behind The Scene Level I

      Arts Division
      Certificate E0372

      This multi-level certificate program prepares students to enter the field of broadcasting in a behind-the-scenes capacity. The Level I Radio Broadcasting Behind-the-Scenes Certificate provides an overview of the fundamental skills essential to the field as well as the business and legal aspects of the industry.

      Required Courses

      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 09Broadcast Sales and Promotion3
      R-TV 10Radio Programming and Producer Techniques3
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      Total Units15

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

    • Radio: Behind The Scene AS Degree

      Arts Division
      Degree S0606

      The Radio Broadcasting Behind-the-Scenes degree is designed for students who are interested in the non-performance side of the broadcasting industry. Instruction prepares students for entry-level jobs including production, promotion, copywriting and management. Students also receive instruction in the business side of the industry and can further customize their program by selecting from a variety of courses. Practical hands-on experience is available at the campus radio stations.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 09Broadcast Sales and Promotion3
      R-TV 10Radio Programming and Producer Techniques3
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 11BAdvanced Radio Production3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      R-TV 96ACampus Radio Station Lab: Studio Procedures and Equipment Operations1
      R-TV 96BCampus Radio Station Lab: Disc Jockey & News Anchor/Reporter Skills1
      R-TV 96CCampus Radio Station Lab: Hosting and Management Skills1
      R-TV 97ARadio/Entertainment Industry Seminar1
      R-TV 97BRadio/Entertainment Industry Work Experience1
      Choose six units from the following:6
      R-TV 05
      Radio-TV Newswriting
      R-TV 06
      Broadcast Traffic Reporting
      R-TV 17
      Internet Radio and Podcasting
      R-TV 31
      History of Radio DJs
      R-TV 32
      Social Media in Broadcasting
      R-TV 35
      Pop Culture in the Media
      R-TV 99
      Special Projects in Broadcasting and Entertainment Industry
      R-TV 101
      Work Experience in Broadcast Entertainment
      Total Units29

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

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