Radio presenting is often seen as a difficult career to get into. Within the media industry it is increasingly difficult to find a paid job within radio and you seriously need to consider another career to pay the bills while trying to pursue your dreams. I myself have been doing two radio shows a week since June at a local radio station. The money is tight and the team small. We don’t get any sort of payment and also have to make our own way to the radio station on a regular basis, we are also only allowed to use the pre-recording studio if we are working on a piece of material specifically for the radio station. We are required to pay a “membership” fee every three months or once a year.
Despite this, there are positive aspects to radio presenting. Radio presenting is something I have always been interested in, ever since that first day I took part in a school orientated programme. This programme used to be a programme with a regular weekly show for students still studying at school. When the radio station was based in its old location it used to involve, several students coming along each week to do a one hour radio show in the hope to gain some valuable experience within the industry. Ever since this day I have been interested in pursuing a career within the radio sector.
For a long while, I was interested in getting my own show at the radio station but for whatever reason not of my own accord, this never came to the surface. That all changed when a new presenter came to the radio station. He was placed in the management team and shortly after, he spoke to me about starting a radio show with someone I didn’t know who was looking for a co-host. This is where I came to meet the person I am now doing a radio show with.
Another problem discovered within the radio sector is that the wages from a regular job within radio isn’t actually a substantial amount to live on. This therefore means that within radio, often you have to find another job on top which will pay the bills. For example, a past presenter who I used to work with, he left our radio station as he got another job. A few months down the line I saw him in PC World working for Google. He told me that radio was a difficult career to find a job in and as a result he had to go and source another job since he was still waiting to get something from this new job.
Despite this, radio is a passion of mine and my radio show is still going ahead, despite a temporary break. Like everything within the media industry, there are the positives/negatives that you have to deal with, but it is worth it in the end.