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Radio: On Air (SOC CODE: 27-3011.00)

Job Description Overview

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Related Careers

  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
  • Technical Directors/Managers
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
  • Team Assemblers
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Sound Engineering Technicians

Sample Job Duties

  • Operate control consoles.
  • Record commercials for later broadcast.
  • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.
  • Read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Identify stations, and introduce or close shows, ad-libbing or using memorized or read scripts.
  • Prepare and deliver news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.
  • Select program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.
  • Write and edit video and scripts for broadcasts.
  • Develop story lines for broadcasts.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Radio Broadcasting: On Air

      Arts Division
      Certificate L0402

      The Radio Broadcasting On-Air Certificate of Achievement provides additional expertise in a selected variety of on-air specialties. Students gain practical hands-on experience in the industry through an off-campus internship at a station, studio or other broadcasting facility.

      Required Courses

      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 02On-Air Personality Development3
      R-TV 05Radio-TV Newswriting3
      R-TV 07ABeginning Commercial Voice-Overs3
      R-TV 11ABeginning 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 3 units from the following:3
      R-TV 03
      Sportscasting and Reporting
      R-TV 04
      Broadcast News Field Reporting
      R-TV 06
      Broadcast Traffic Reporting
      R-TV 09
      Broadcast Sales and Promotion
      R-TV 10
      Radio Programming and Producer Techniques
      R-TV 11B
      Advanced Radio Production
      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 Units26

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

    • Radio Broadcasting: On Air Level I

      Arts Division
      Certificate E0371

      This multi-level certificate program prepares students to enter the field of on-air radio broadcasting and related areas. The Level I Radio Broadcasting On-Air Certificate provides an overview of 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 02On-Air Personality Development3
      R-TV 05Radio-TV Newswriting3
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      Total Units15

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

    • Radio Broadcasting: On Air AS Degree

      Arts Division
      Degree S0605

      The Radio Broadcasting On-The-Air degree is designed to prepare students for an entry-level job in performance areas of the broadcasting industry, including disc jockey, news anchor, sportscaster, and commercial voice-overs. Students also receive instruction in the business side of the industry and can further customize their program by selecting from a variety of courses.

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

      Required Courses

      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 02On-Air Personality Development3
      R-TV 05Radio-TV Newswriting3
      R-TV 07ABeginning Commercial Voice-Overs3
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      R-TV 17Internet Radio and Podcasting3
      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 03
      Sportscasting and Reporting
      R-TV 04
      Broadcast News Field Reporting
      R-TV 06
      Broadcast Traffic Reporting
      R-TV 09
      Broadcast Sales and Promotion
      R-TV 10
      Radio Programming and Producer Techniques
      R-TV 11B
      Advanced Radio Production
      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 Units32

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

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