Radio Producers

Radio Producer Working in Studio

Radio producers plan, rehearse, and produce live or recorded programs. They work with the music, on-air personalities, sound effects, and technology to put together an entire radio show. They schedule interviews and arrange for promotional events.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, there were 15,489 radio stations in the United States as of June 30, 2016. Larger stations employ radio producers, while smaller stations may combine those duties with those of the program director or disc jockey. While most radio producers work at radio stations, some work to produce a particular show and then sell that show to various stations. Approximately 25,470 radio and television producers and directors are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Plan, rehearse, and produce live or recorded radio programs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other big cities offer the most opportunity
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Speech
Experience Experience in a high school or college radio station; experience as an assistant producer or on-air
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Station Director
  • Program Director
  • Radio Producer
  • Disc Jockey