Radio announcers or broadcast analysts often receive their training through bachelor's degree programs in communications, broadcasting, or journalism. These 4-year programs include both lecture-based and hands-on classes in radio and broadcast equipment, mass media and radio speech techniques. Students can often gain practical experiences working with local media outlets or campus-based radio stations. For those interested in entering a career in this field, but who don't have a relevant undergraduate degree, graduate degrees are available. Topics included in communications and broadcasting courses will include:
- Board operation
- Language training
- Live-to-tape broadcast
- Network collaboration
- Supporting and marketing a project
List of Courses
Beginning Electronic Media Course
This introductory course familiarizes students with the basics of electronic media, which they will build upon through other radio broadcasting classes. Students practice using microphones and video systems. They create short clips that they present in class. This radio broadcasting course is a practical, hands-on course which gives students the opportunity to get their feet wet in electronic media and decide if they really want to pursue careers in the field.
Radio Operations Course
Through this intermediate course, students become familiar with radio equipment and its practical uses. They edit and produce clips using microphones and audio consoles. In more advanced classes, students operate alert systems equipment used to communicate with the entire campus in case of disaster. This is a hands-on course through which candidates have access to radio equipment for class assignments.
This is an introductory radio broadcasting course that combines common techniques used in radio and sportscasting. Students are required to develop communication skills and practice developing stories by interviewing subjects. They practice creating radio announcements and reading game commentary. Often, candidates are required to attend a specified number of school games and create reports for them. Some broadcasting courses require students to work at the school radio station.
Radio Performance Course
Students have the opportunity to practice proper diction and pronunciation, examining how different styles convey a different feel. In addition to honing their radio personalities and professionalism, candidates examine how, especially in sports and politics, listeners will expect a certain station to have a specific slant. Students also begin planning radio shows, complete with station events, air breaks, commercials and music. Some schools require students to perform live radio broadcasts as part of this course.
Broadcast Announcing Course
Brand creation for specific radio programs and entire radio stations is emphasized in this course. Candidates develop marketing materials and learn ways to study and anticipate the way listeners will react. They also practice promoting the station by examining methods to encourage individuals to listen, using methods like prizes, giveaways and contests. Information about booking guests, screening calls and creating playlists to keep listeners engaged may also be covered.