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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
  • Team Assemblers
  • Broadcast Technicians
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Audio and Video Equipment 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.
  • Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • 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 prepares students for entry level positions in a variety of performance specialties including disc jockey, news anchor, sportscaster, and commercial voice-overs. Students gain practical hands-on experience at the college radio stations as well as through an off-campus internship at a station, studio, or other broadcasting facility.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      R-TV 01Introduction to Electronic Media3
      R-TV 02On-Air Personality Development3
      R-TV 15Broadcast Law and Business Practices3
      R-TV 96ABeginning Campus Radio Station Lab: Studio Procedures and Equipment Operations1
      R-TV 11ABeginning Radio Production3
      R-TV 05Radio-TV Newswriting3
      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
      R-TV 36Beginning Commercial Voice-Overs3
      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
      R-TV 37
      Advanced Voice-Overs Techniques
      R-TV 13
      Interview, Talk, and Community Affairs Programming
      R-TV 39
      Social Media and Online Ethics
      Total Units27.5

      Radio Broadcasting Website 

    • Radio Broadcasting: On Air Level I
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