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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
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
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  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Petroleum Engineers

Sample Job Duties

  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Record and edit audio material, such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing 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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      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 96ABeginning Campus Radio Station Lab: Studio Procedures and Equipment Operations1
      R-TV 96BIntermediate Campus Radio Station Lab: On-Air and Behind-the-Scenes Skills1
      R-TV 96CAdvanced Campus Radio Station Lab: Program Hosting and Management Skills1
      R-TV 97ARadio and Entertainment Industry Seminar1
      R-TV 97BRadio/Entertainment Industry Work Experience1
      R-TV 38Radio Broadcasting Rules and Regulations1.5
      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
      R-TV 39
      Social Media and Online Ethics
      Total Units24.5

      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

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      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 96ABeginning Campus Radio Station Lab: Studio Procedures and Equipment Operations1
      R-TV 96BIntermediate Campus Radio Station Lab: On-Air and Behind-the-Scenes Skills1
      R-TV 96CAdvanced Campus Radio Station Lab: Program Hosting and Management Skills1
      R-TV 97ARadio and Entertainment Industry Seminar1
      R-TV 97BRadio/Entertainment Industry Work Experience1
      R-TV 38Radio Broadcasting Rules and Regulations1.5
      Required Electives
      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
      R-TV 39
      Social Media and Online Ethics
      Total Units30.5

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

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