Considered pursuing a career in the Radio and Entertainment Industry? This interview will take you through the ups and downs you can expect, what it takes to land the job, what you can expect to earn and more.
I work as the Production Director for a local radio group and have ten years of experience.
I have a large number of responsibilities including being on the air, writing, producing, and editing commercials, organizing promotional events, and appearing at events. The hardest part about the position is the miscommunication that can occur between the sales people and the client. This miscommunication then becomes my problem as the production director since I have to fix errors.
If I were to rate my job, I would give it a 6 in terms of my satisfaction. In order to heighten that rating, there would have to be more work. I work really fast and the problem is that there is often not enough work to keep me happy. I am sometimes bored and that leads to a lack of enthusiasm.
There have been times, after hearing a really great commercial I have created, that I have felt like the job was meant for me. If I were allowed the creative liberty to work more into the commercials, I would be more satisfied.
When you work in radio, people are often in awe of what you do. When you tell people you meet that you work for a radio station, they often want to know more about it. After having a long day of some of the more mundane work, it is hard to understand why it is fascinating. But there are many other days that make up for it.
I got started in my line of work by accident. When I was in college, I was looking for some activities I could do outside of the schoolwork so I signed up for a timeslot at the campus radio station. I ended up really enjoying it as well and as the years went by, I earned a degree with a major in Mass Communications and ran the college radio station once I was a senior. I wouldn’t do it differently if I had to do it over again. It led me to where I am today.
I learned many things the hard way in my job. I learned how to fix a lot of problems on the air when there was nothing going out over the airwaves but silence. I learned what buttons to push and what buttons to leave alone.
The most important thing I learned on the job and outside of school was that efficiency and effectiveness go hand in hand. If I do a good job, but turn things in too slowly, the job I have done is a moot point.
The strangest thing that happened was when a bird got into the building and decided to terrorize us. We trapped it in my boss’ office and it ended up throwing all of his papers on the floor before we could get the window open to get it out of the room.
I get up and go to work each day because I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s a stay at home mom needing some company or someone at work who’s trying to get through the day, what I do in radio helps entertain them through their day.
The biggest frustrating challenge I face is dealing with the expectations of the sales people. When they tell me to do one thing, I do it, then they change what they said at the last second, I feel like I’m going to pull my hair out.
The stress level of my job varies from day to day. On busy days, I might feel a little stress, but I actually like that because I want to be busy. Even when I am busy, I feel like I am able to get out of the office at a decent time and have a real life too.
The salary for my position varies quite a bit, depending on the station and the people who set the salary. Some people make as little as $20,000 doing what I do, but in larger markets, it could go up to $50,000 or more. I am happy with my rate of pay and am able to live.
I get two weeks of vacation a year and the company mandates that I use it. No vacation is ever enough, but I hate being away because I then have to dump my work on others.
Having a college degree is a good idea to get hired in radio, but it is not necessarily a must.
I have told many friends about my profession, but it takes just the right person and the right talents to want to go into it.
In five years, I would love to be out of radio completely and be a published author.
This is a true career story as told to DiversityJobs and is one of many interviews with musicians and artists in many different creative fields, among other professional and technical career industries.