How do I become a Radio Presenter? Over the years I have been asked this question more than any other about the radio industry. There is no easy answer, you will not wake up one morning and find a wanted ad in your morning newspaper for the next greatest talent to step forward and present your local radio stations breakfast show.
So where do you start? The answer to begin with is to take one step at a time. Get to understand the industry you want to work in by taking courses at The London Academy. Well I would say that wouldn’t I? The truth is though that the Academy Tutors have a wealth of practical knowledge that you can use; remember we have all trodden the path you wish to take.
Places like University Radio and Hospital Radio are also good starting points. They can give you an opportunity to shine and allow you to present a wide variety of shows. I started out on Hospital Radio and worked on a whole range of diverse shows from news to requests to a series I put together about the history of pop music! Well I was an overly confident teenager at the time.
Networking, finding other people who share your interest or work in the business also is another step in the right direction. Internships, which are often unpaid, are another opportunity to see the industry from the inside.
And remember practice makes perfect, sit down at home in front of your pc and make some radio shows. There is plenty of free software.
Finally a direct approach, find out who is in charge, get their name right, use it in your email, prove you listen to their station and ask if there are any opportunities?
Written by Steve Campen – Radio Professional LBC Radio
Tutor at London Academy of Media Film TV