So you want to be in Radio Broadcasting.
There are few jobs where you can do what you love to do… play music, talk sports or news, or just plain talk, and get paid for it. Broadcasting is exactly that kind of job.
But how do you break in? What do you have to know? And don't you have to “know someone?”
Well, whether you're interested in a career – full or part time – as a sportscaster, DJ, talk show host or newscaster, the formula for breaking in is the same.
It can be reduced to two steps: 1) having a proven strategy and, 2) working that strategy.
How do I know this? I've been in radio much of my adult life. I'm a former radio and TV medical and business talk show host, a sportscaster and a sports radio personality. And I currently serve as the National Placement Director for www.BroadcasterTraining.com, one of America's premier broadcasting talent placement services.
A Real Life Example Of A Strategy In Action For Breaking In To Broadcasting
Let me show you how my strategy for breaking in works, with the story of a young man I know. His name is Jason.
When I met Jason, he was a bank teller… with a lifelong dream. It was to work in sports radio. He came to me, knowing that I, too, had been in sports radio, and sought my advice.
Jason didn't know any sportscasters in the Portland area, so I called a contact at a station I work with and arranged an interview for Jason to serve an apprenticeship (NOT an internship) under their afternoon host. He was accepted and progressed nicely - as anyone who's motivated to switch careers would be.
Along the way, his mentor heard of an opening in the promotions department and recommended Jason for the job – much the same I had recommended him for the apprenticeship. Jason spent a month in promotions and eventually was promoted to a sports update anchor. He eventually parlayed that into co-hosting the Portland Trail Blazers post-game show.
Jason is now living his dream. He's working in sports broadcasting…and getting paid for it. But let's analyze how he did it: In other words, what his strategy was … and how he worked that strategy.
First – He got his foot in the door, by going to someone – me – who could hook him up with an insider in the business – a mentor.
Second… he learned specific sportscasting skills from that mentor.
Third…. He practiced those skills inside an actual sports radio station. Because he was always around sports radio job openings and he had a mentor willing to recommend him, he was hired when the right job became available.
Not rocket science, is it?
Why Traditional Broadcasting Schools Don't Work As Well…
Of course, Jason could have tried another route to his dream.
He could've gone to a traditional broadcasting school, where everything is done in a “simulated” setting … and ended up with “simulated” experience. Or interned at a college station and had zero credibility in the real radio business. Either way, he'd just be viewed by station management as another “face in the crowd” looking for that first break.
But instead, he separated himself from the pack and positioned himself in a place where a working sportscaster could both train him and recommend his hiring.
It worked like a charm!
Of course, that first step depends on knowing someone in the business. And you don't know anyone like that, do you?
Sure you do. Me.
Because that's what I do for a living.
I find talented and motivated people like you … and hook them up with established professionals in an apprenticeship role. I specialize in placing aspiring broadcasters in real radio stations to be mentored by current on-air talent.
Here's How You'll Break Into Radio Broadcasting
By my setting you up into an apprenticeship – learning DIRECTLY from a master – you'll receive the formal training you need. And make no mistake about it, you do need formal training. If you don't believe that, try speaking into a microphone for two straight minutes with no one talking back. That ought to convince you.
While serving your apprenticeship, you'll gain industry experience. You'll be assisting your mentor in areas such as production, show prep, lining up and perhaps interviewing guests and a host of other broadcasting-related duties.
Meanwhile, your apprenticeship automatically – from day one – places you in an environment to develop broadcasting-related connections and references. And every contact you make will have their own network of industry people you'll have access to.
You'll also have the opportunity to see if YOU have what it takes to make it in the business. That's right, not everyone does.
If you're habitually late, come unprepared, or are unable to follow specific directions, an apprenticeship is the place these shortcomings will become known. And that's an advantage. Believe me, you don't want to waste your valuable career development time and resources in an industry that's not right for you. The sooner you find out that's the case, the better. Some broadcasting schools may do that – tell you how good you are – until you find out you aren't.
In sum, a radio apprenticeship is your best opportunity to get your foot in the door and prove yourself. And if you treat each session with your mentor like the golden chance it is, you will be successful.
This system works because the radio station gets as many advantages as you do.
They've had you trained by one of their own employees at no risk to them. They've been able to ‘test drive' you before committing. When an opening occurs, who do you think will be the more attractive job candidate? You, who station employees know and have trained, or someone who drops their tape and resume off at the front desk?
“Here's What You Do Now”
You've now been shown a time-tested and proven strategy for entering an otherwise tight industry – radio broadcasting. Here's what to do next.
Click over to my site at: www.BroadcasterTraining.com. Spend some time looking over the actual curriculum we teach, and how you actually get to choose the time and station at which you'll train. (Check out the payment options too. You'll find the cost to be at least 60% less than most any broadcasting school out there.)
Then, either fill out an information request form or contact me directly and I'll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
There's absolutely no cost or obligation to learn about this opportunity.
The secret to breaking into broadcasting, or any new field, is to have a strategy to getting your foot in the door. I'm opening that door for you right now! Click on this link: www.BroadcasterTraining.com. Then walk on through!
Looking forward to hearing you “on the air.”