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Radio Station Job Positions

General Manager

Responsible for the overall operation of a station. This position requires business knowledge, leadership ability and a technical understanding of how a station operates.

Station Manager

In charge of the day to day operation of the station. The station manager must have effective personnel management skills and thorough knowledge of all aspects of a broadcast operation.

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General Sales Manager

Hires and supervises the sales staff, reviews programming for the best sales opportunities, develops sales plans and goals, oversees billing, studies and understands the station's market and approves all sales promotion campaigns. Some stations have multiple levels of sales managers, including National, Regional and Local sales managers who focus on various aspects of sales.

Radio Sales / Account Executive

The account executive is the person who sells advertising and works closely with marketing and promoting businesses to the station listeners.

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Sales Assistant

Offers support to the sales staff and managers by handling much of the office work, including drafting sales proposals, which allows the sales staff to focus on meeting with clients and developing business.

Radio Programme Controller / Director / Manager

Responsible for the entire on-air product, the program director governs the sound of the station. With control over production, talent, work schedules, and program schedules. The program directors objectives support the goals of the general manager and the general sales manager.

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Promotions & Marketing Manager

Promotes the station's image, programmes and activities. Working closely with the programme director in creating on-air promotions and also with the sales department in securing new clients and maintaining current advertisers. The promotions & marketing director is also responsible for all other forms of promotion from promotional materials to the website to outside broadcasts.

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Commercial Production Manager

This person assigns announcers, schedules studios, arranges recording sessions, produces commercials and promos, and directs programs.

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Radio Broadcast (Production) Assistant

Works with all production personnel helping where necessary. This can be with admin tasks to working in studio.

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Copy Writer

Writes commercial and promotional copy in support of the station's sales, marketing and promotional efforts.

Music Director

Assists the program director in selecting new recordings to be played as they are submitted by record companies. Also manages the station's music library and submits all music royalty returns for PPL and PRS.

News Editor

The News Editor runs the news department. They assign stories to staff reporters, monitors wire service and is involved with identifying the important news issues within the community.

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News Reporter

Radio Reporters identify and research news stories then present them on air to a wide range of different audiences. Some of their work is office or newsroom-based, but they are expected to spend much of their time out and about gathering information, witnessing and recording events, and interviewing those involved.

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Sports Director

Similar to the news director position. Sports directors often handle the play-by-play coverage of local sporting events.

Community Relations Director

Plans, coordinates and executes a station's services and programs developed to respond to the needs of the community.

Traffic Manager

Collects data from other departments in order to prepare a minute-by-minute schedule for the broadcast day. The traffic person is the daily link between the sales department and programming department, keeping up-to-date commercial time availability.

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Account Manager

Responsible for all financial transactions. Account managers are generally expected to have an extensive professional background in accounting and financial management.

Chief Engineer

The Chief engineer is responsible for the technology necessary to put the station's programming "on-the-air" within the station's broadcast area. The engineer works to maintain existing broadcasting capabilities and provide quick solutions to problems that may arise with the transmitter, studio and other related equipment.

Maintenance Engineer

The maintenance engineer installs and performs preventive maintenance and repairs on the station's mixing desks, rack rooms, recording equipment, microphones, and a wide variety of other station equipment and electronic systems.

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Receptionist

This position may vary in duties according to the size of the station. Jobs include answering the switchboard dealing with the post, greeting guests, as well as a wide range of admin tasks.

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Station Announcers

Announcers are the radios station's voice and are often the people with whom the public identifies. This person introduces programs and music, reads commercial copy and public service announcements, and is involved in the overall public presentation of the station.

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Radio Presenter

Radio Presenters are the voice of a station or programme. They are responsible for creating the tone and style of Radio output and establishing a relationship with listeners. They may also be required to carry out a range of other production tasks, as well as deliver content for related websites or other mobile platforms.

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Radio Producer

Playing a key role in creating what is heard by listeners radio producers are not usually heard on air themselves. They are responsible for creating and co-ordinating the content of Radio programmes, and may also have responsibility for the content of related websites or other mobile platforms. As well as managing the creative process they are often closely involved with the business and technical aspects of programmes.

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Broadcast News Journalist

Radio Reporters identify and research news stories then present them on air to a wide range of different audiences. Some of their work is office or newsroom-based, but they are expected to spend much of their time out and about gathering information, witnessing and recording events, and interviewing those involved.

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