Summary of occupation
Radio producers create and develop radio programs, and oversee the technical and organisational aspects of their production. They generate and research ideas for programs, source on-air contributors, write and develop scripts, select music for the show and listen to recordings to edit them into stories or segments. Radio producers may also present programs on-air, or manage the presenters for pre-recorded or live broadcast content. They check the copyright and legal guidelines of media content usage, brief on-air or technical staff about particular recording or broadcast requirements, and archive material that has been broadcast. Radio producers are needed all over the state on commercial and community stations.
Radio producers create and develop radio programs, and oversee the technical and organisational aspects of their production.
Radio producers work in the production facilities of radio stations. These facilities may or may not be attached to the station's broadcasting facilities. They may also be required to travel to record radio news or other stories live on-location. They work regular hours, but may be expected to work long hours when working to a deadline, and may need to work late hours if they are producing a show that is broadcast live in a late-night slot.
On average, radio producers, classified under artistic directors, and media producers and presenters, can expect to earn $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a radio producer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
Radio producers use a range of radio broadcasting equipment, including multi-channel sound and mixing desks, CD and other media players, and both studio and portable microphones for recording on location. They also use sound recording and editing software, and computers with music editing software.
To become a radio producer, you usually need to complete a VET qualification or degree in broadcasting, media, communications or a related area.
The Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio) and the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) are offered at TAFE College and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
Most universities in WA offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
You can also complete a traineeship. The radio producer/presenter traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.