Radio Jockey or RJ, is the person whose job is to host a radio show. Radio Jockey job can include the following:
- Playing Music
- Discussion on Topics
- Read the news
- Make Important Announcements
- Interviews with celebrities
- Lend voice to audio documentaries
As a Radio Jockey, you sit in a room, surrounded by different radio equipment. Each radio show is design on a particular theme and targeting a particular audience. So, the RJ also need to prepare accordingly. As a RJ, you need to do research, prepare script for the show and decide how you run the program before the show go on air.
As a Radio Jockey, you should have the ability to engage the audience with your voice, way of talking and the way you deal with the callers during the show. Everything can not be scripted, to run a show you need to use your abilities also. It is the skills and performance of a Radio Jockey, which attract the audience and engaged them with the show.
if you get success as a radio jockey, then off course, you can turn into a video Jockey also to explore more of you, to connect with a larger audience.
Good communication skills, Good command over language, Good sense of humour, A talking style that can attract audience , General Knowledge and awareness, A positive attitude
Who should choose this career
If you have good humor sense, good communication skills, love music and talking then this is the right career option for you. It's the industry for youth and very competitive. So to beat the competition you have to be creative, bring new ideas to engage the audience with your show.
How to be there?
There is no specified education required for RJ but you should know reading and writing at least. Radio Jockeys can find work in organisations like AIR (All India Radio) and other private FM channels. AIR (All India Radio) holds auditions for RJs every 3 months in their radio stations in various cities especially in metros. The selection is highly competitive and the selected RJs are given in-house training for 2 months in everything from CD players to mixers to Digital audio technology etc. Several courses are available which can help you pick up the skills and get better understanding of the profession and its technicalities. Qualifications may be useful but skills and passion count for more in this profession.
It's not a typical 9 to 5 job. You can be call any time of day even in midnight to host a show. So, you need to prepare for this also. But in most cases, you bound with a particular show and you know the timing in advance for the show.
In the beginning, it can be from 10,000 to 20,000. At mid level experience you can earn 30,000 to 50,000 a month. At senior level, your earning can be 60,000 to 80000.
Its all depend on the success and popularity of the show.
Radio industry is the industry that is growing fast in India. Number of channels and shows are increasing everyday and so the demand of Radio Jockeys. Most channels prefer the youngsters, as they have new talent and new ideas. So if you have the right skills to engage the audience with the show, you don't have to worry about your future in this industry.
As a radio Jockey, you can do voice over for ad films and even host events also.