What jobs are there in radio?

This is potentially a large list

Dj/presentor, script writers (nope this is done by the DJ/Presentor), advertising sales, archive (done by the producer/intern/Program Director), producers, program director (usually 1 person does 2-4 stations), Promotions Assistant, Secretary (sometimes also the Promotions Assistant), , sound engineers (1 maybe 2 people in a station will do this job for 2-5 station clusters), recording technician's (nope this job no longer exists, it's picked up by the Producer/DJ, although some stations might keyword might have one), sound effects (DJ/Producer's job), actors (usually freelance), editors (nope only in TV), IT Support, journalists (they are usually brought in from TV stations or newspapers), outside broadcast technician's (nope not existant), electricians (outsourced to another company), musicians (usually these people are freelance or work for a record company, they don't work in radio), singers (again outsourced), buyers (nope, not existant)

Its a huge operation (not anymore it isn't)

The problem is that there are no more jobs in American radio. The telecommunications Act of 1996 made it possible for a single company to own many stations/newspapers/etc and thus they have consolidated and killed numerous jobs creating monopolies (Clear Channel/CBS Radio own 46% of the radio stations in America). Those that are left in the business (ehem both of them) are working overtime for low pay doing multiple jobs. The radio announcer is also the promotions director, or the program director also has his/her own show and works on sales. Thus many people have lost jobs. Also it's extremely hard to get in and once your in it's extremely hard to stay in. Even if you goto work each day and do your best, the company can change formats and fire you at a whim. You may not even know why. Once you're fired/laid off/whatever since each station in your area is owned by a single company you can no longer work in your town/area in radio. You will have to move. Stations will not pay for your relocation, because simply put they can't afford it. If you are a DJ/announcer/newsperson/etc, you will never pick what goes on the air, you will be basically a butt in the seat and the chair you're sitting on is worth more to the company than you are. The computers have automated DJ's and many DJ's are simulcasted throughout the country and world in some cases. So one DJ like say Ryan Seacrest can be heard in virtually every town in America from his one studio doing a 4-5 hour program that is piped in to all the Kiss FM's in the country. So effectively 1 man is doing the work of hundreds possibly thousands. But it's cheaper to do that than hire a local talent. The idea of a local talent is basically so 1995, and the companies doing business don't care about the people listening because if they did you would hear local people on the radio. But you don't. Also because of this there is a "National Playlist" basically means that since there are now many stations owned by one company, they haven't the time or manpower to play new music, so the same songs are played everywhere, regardless of having over 100 songs each week sent to radio stations for consideration likely only 1 or 2 will ever be picked that week no they are not always the best ones, and not every new song is crap, there are probably 1 or 2 not worthy for broadcast but the rest are actual hits. Making it VERY hard for a new musician to break into radio. Your best bet is to find a job outside of radio, doesn't matter what, but make sure you can pay your bills. Then goto a radio station and do something part time/weekends/interning (interns are usually never paid it's for college credit, however you might be able to get one out of college, but it's a rarity). That way when you get fired/laid off (and it's a matter of when, not how trust me) you have something to fall back on. There are almost no full time positions in radio anymore. You can thank Generation X and Baby Boomers for passing the law. Hope Gen Y can fix the problem, but I don't have much hope seeing as by the time Gen X retires we'll be 50. The stations are also required to have local programming. Very few of them will play local bands except on Sunday nights, when 25% of their audience is listening. Granted there are a few independent stations, but they are few and far between. There are community stations and public stations which likely will not pay or pay very low as well, but you are given a little more freedom on what you play at those stations, but like I said don't expect to get paid, and don't expect a commercial station to take you seriously either after working at one.

There is also a law in congress called "The Performance Act", which requires stations to add a fee to the artists they play on the radio. If that passes expect to see even MORE layoffs because now cash starved stations will have to pay money to record companies, (normally they get it for free in exchange for free promotion which spikes record sales)but since the internet has eliminated the record company in a big way, they are broke as well. Stations are no longer broadcasting local news either. Unless you are in the big cities. And forget about international news, the only people who do a decent job at that is BBC Broadcasting, and they are located in England and have one studio in New York City. And they too have laid off/fired employees, recently 650 of them.

if you don't believe me check Allaccess.com, FMQB.com, and the websites of Clear Channel and CBS Radio and see for yourself. Entercom is another one, and Emmis radio, Nextmedia are others. You can find out for yourself how many poor souls can't get work and are trying everything they can. Good luck out there, perhaps it'll be easier in another field, like say health care or law, there's lots of jobs there and they pay 100 times more than radio, radio pays basically min wage, IF you get paid, they hire interns for free so you get to slave for them in the hopes of getting a job but never materializes. They don't even hire people with broadcast degrees anymore, they'll hire someone off the street with no experience, or they'll hire a musician, or actor. And not up n coming ones, established names only.

Sorry to burst you're bubble but it's the truth. check and see if you don't believe me. Generation X screwed it all up.

The internet stations won't pay either, so don't bother, theres the satellite stations but they have consolidated as well and are in the same boat as the terrestrial stations only they have more rope when it comes to what they air, but not by much, they used to when they first started, but since they consolidated it's all gone downhill, it's not even worth paying for because of that. Try abroad, there's lots of stations worldwide. They may be better or worse. But America is on the verge of losing the industry altogether because of corporate greed. I hear Venezuela just started their radio industry though. Might have promising careers there since they hire Americans. Canada is also consolidated too, China's government owns all broadcast outlets in China, Australia and New Zealand also have consolidated, that's about all I know about that though. Seriously get a job in Law/government or something else, make buddies with politicians and see if they'll repeal that law. But be prepared to get ignored since they are being paid big bucks to keep that law in existence. DON'T under any circumstances goto a broadcast school, it's a waste of money, it's like getting a degree in dictation, useless. Out of my graduating class of roughly 100 people, only 6 got jobs in radio.