Radio production

Is responsible for the audio content of broadcasts delivered over the radio, the Internet and other mobile platforms.

Job description

Radio producers are responsible for the audio content of broadcasts delivered over the radio, the internet and other mobile platforms. They work with presenters, DJs, broadcasting assistants, engineers and IT staff and may also be responsible for the business and commercial management of a programme.

Work activities

  • Generating concepts for new radio shows.
  • Planning all aspects of a show (eg scheduling, sourcing and confirming guests).
  • Ensuring everything runs on schedule while the show is on-air.
  • Directing presenters, content makers, assistants and other crew members.
  • Making sure that the show complies with all broadcasting legislation.
  • Using various broadcasting technologies such as soundboards and editing/production software.
  • Keeping up to date with current affairs in order that show content is topical and well-researched.
  • Editing interviews/reports/conversation pieces.
  • Monitoring audience numbers and tailoring a show to meet demands.
  • Meeting tight deadlines.

Work conditions

Travel: depends on the type of show the producer works on, for example some productions may have occasional road shows or cover live music events.
Working hours: can be long and are often unsociable.
Location: regional radio stations are based across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; national stations have headquarters in Dublin and Belfast.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to graduates of all disciplines who display an active interest in working in broadcasting. This means that gaining relevant experience is essential. A postgraduate qualification in broadcasting may useful in gaining knowledge of broadcasting technologies and collecting practical work experience. Most graduates begin by doing voluntary or unpaid work, such as in hospital radio, and work their way up once they have secured a junior/assistant position at a radio station. Any journalistic experience can also be beneficial, as well as knowledge of social media and technologies.