getting a radio job

getting a radio job

Post by Nels Wo » Fri, 11 Feb 1994 05:01:33


Okay, after being out of radio for some 4 or 5 years now I've had too
many people tell me they like my voice and that I should be working in
radio (I've been spending the last 5 years in the music business and
started my own independent label as well as doing concert promotions).  
Anyway, being that I haven't worked in radio for so long, I don't have a
current skimmer to be shopping around.  Heck, for that matter, I don't
even have an old skimmer anymore either.  What should I do to get back
into radio?  I'm 27 now so a college internship is probably not something
I could go for.  Any help greatly appreciated.  I'm looking at possibly
marketing myself in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But by no means do I
NEED to work in radio.  Just figure I would like to get back into it for
my own personal pleasure (but I hate dealing with the politics
involved).  Thanks in advance.

Nels.

 
 
 

getting a radio job

Post by Jan Mickels » Sat, 12 Feb 1994 10:31:44




Quote:

> Okay, after being out of radio for some 4 or 5 years now I've had too
> many people tell me they like my voice and that I should be working in
> radio (I've been spending the last 5 years in the music business and
> started my own independent label as well as doing concert promotions).  
> Anyway, being that I haven't worked in radio for so long, I don't have a
> current skimmer to be shopping around.  Heck, for that matter, I don't
> even have an old skimmer anymore either.  What should I do to get back
> into radio?  I'm 27 now so a college internship is probably not something
> I could go for.  Any help greatly appreciated.  I'm looking at possibly
> marketing myself in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But by no means do I
> NEED to work in radio.  Just figure I would like to get back into it for
> my own personal pleasure (but I hate dealing with the politics
> involved).  Thanks in advance.

> Nels.

Nels.  You haven't provided us enough information about you.  Are you
looking for primarily a board shift?...Promotions job?...Do you work best
as an independent contractor...a team player.... what format?  DJ?
Personality?  Who  is your perceived target audience? Why does broadcasting
NEED you?  Define what niche' you fill and persue marketing yourself to a
station that serves that niche'.   Make a pest of yourself until they say
yes....a voice is great, but chemistry and personality is better.

Mickelson
--
Eccl. 10:2 (NIV)

 
 
 

getting a radio job

Post by s1.. » Tue, 15 Feb 1994 03:05:12


>Okay, after being out of radio for some 4 or 5 years now I've had too
>many people tell me they like my voice and that I should be working in
>radio (I've been spending the last 5 years in the music business and
>started my own independent label as well as doing concert promotions).  
>Anyway, being that I haven't worked in radio for so long, I don't have a
>current skimmer to be shopping around.  Heck, for that matter, I don't
>even have an old skimmer anymore either.  What should I do to get back
>into radio?  I'm 27 now so a college internship is probably not something
>I could go for.  Any help greatly appreciated.  I'm looking at possibly
>marketing myself in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But by no means do I
>NEED to work in radio.  Just figure I would like to get back into it for
>my own personal pleasure (but I hate dealing with the politics
>involved).  Thanks in advance.

>Nels.

As someone who teaches electronic media to college students, I've answered
the "how do I get a job" question hundreds of times, BUT... I will give a
nonstandard answer specific to YOUR situation.

I haave worked part-time at a couple of different radio stations while
working full time as a faculty member. The stations (small market in MO
and MN) were both thrilled to have someone who was willing to fill in
the odd shifts (mostly weekends). They knew I wasn't available during the
day because of my "real" job. If you're not looking for full time, willing
to work odd shifts, already have proven yourself in radio (even if a few
years ago) and don't mind the low wages/no benefits associated with part
time, you may be amazed at their interest in you. My experience was with
small market, full service stations, but my guess would be the same would
apply to others.

        Dom Caristi
        Iowa State University