Radio Producers

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 15,358 radio stations in the United States as of December 31, 2013. 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 22,200 radio and television producers and directors are employed in the United States.

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

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