Working for a radio station requires more than a smooth on-air voice. In order to fully complete all necessary functions to consistently air quality audio content, you have to be well-versed in audio editing, fact-checking, research, and many other skills. You may have to write and rehearse content before you go on the air to read. Depending on your duties at a radio station, you may not even speak on the air. Many radio professionals have built long and distinguished careers out of working behind the scenes for on-air talent. Producers, for example, are responsible for ensuring that all radio broadcast content is solid before anyone touches a microphone.
Starting in radio usually means starting at the bottom. Many radio station professionals start as interns who research content, edit audio files, help news anchors with stories and do whatever is necessary to consistently produce excellent programming, no matter what kind of content it is. Radio interns are typically responsible for filling in the cracks of their superiors, making sure that nothing is forgotten. Over time, these interns develop enough skills to handle more responsibilities, and a new radio career is born. Radio crews need multi-talented individuals who can handle the stress of being on a deadline and feeling the pressure from their audience to provide them with excellent content on a regular basis. Gaining the experience needed to have a successful career in radio is crucial. Many radio professionals started as interns or volunteers at community radio stations.
Caroline McCaul is a student at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated from Westlake High School in Austin in 2015, and successfully completed a radio internship with Clear Channel