get paid for radio wirk
Is there too many volunteers in radio ?
imo no it's not the easiest industry to get into and obviously whilst volunteering isn't paid, the experience you get from being in the environment is worth more than money.
I did almost two years of unpaid production work to keep my foot in the door. It eventually paid off with my first paid stint as a tech op, working the hours that no one else wanted, progressing to presenting overnight shows (paid!) and within six months of that, landing an annual contract for a weekday mid morning show on what was then Saxon Radio in Bury St Edmunds.
26 years later, I'm still getting paid to do what I love doing. Many others still in radio started in the same way. My only rule was never to stab anyone in the back to progress my career.
Other gems to consider:
Never think that you are bigger than the station you work for. Never go to the press if you are sacked. (If asked for a comment as to why you are no longer on-air, quote the old cliche of 'seeking new challenges' and praise your former station, wishing them well for the future. Your next PC will respect that.)
NEVER get involved in a listener campaign to get you re-instated. They never work. EVER. Once the PC has made the decision, walk away with dignity. Nothing on God's Earth will change their mind.
Always leave on good terms. A handshake and a smile eventually lead me to further freelance work for the PC who sacked me. What's more, we are now good friends and have found ourselves working together again!
Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet on the way up, as invariably, you will meet them again on the way down.
The jouney can be long and, at times, frustrating. You may see others around you progressing far more quickly than yourself. Patience is a virtue. If you really want a radio career more than anything else in your life, then it will happen, provided that you have the talent and willingness to learn as you go.
I could write a book about it all..........oh hang about....I did!
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