Hit the right song
The radio has gained back its popularity in the recent times. Thanks to the FM channels and private player participation. With a number of channels coming up everyday the career of a radio jockeying is on the upsurge. It is the only profession in which one may be recognized by their voice. It is a very exciting and challenging job option.
Those who anchor music programmes on radio are known as radio jockeys. The task of a RJ is to entertain the listeners by playing music or conveying messages in a most attractive and sophisticated way. They play requests from listeners, interview guests, manage contests and also provide information on the music, weather and traffic. The RJ should be able to captivate the interest of the listener. For it is on his shoulder that the survival of the program rests. It is a challenging job which requires knowledge as well as presence of mind. Every successful Radio Jockey has his own style of communicating. To make an imprint in the listeners’ heart, apart from a good voice, the Radio Jockey should be warm, friendly, spontaneous, and dynamic and must possess good communication skills. They have to come up with new ideas every to keep the interest of the listener alive.
As such no formal educational qualification is needed. It is a talent based career. The most important feature for a Radio Jockey is a good voice with the ability to modulate as per the occasion. RJ should have a clear diction, accurate pronunciation, flare and fluency in the language. They should be able to control the pitches of their voice and learn to use them to the best effect. Another distinctive characteristic to become a successful radio jockey is the speed of response, good sense of humor, individuality, and creativity of mind, spontaneity and an intensive knowledge of music.
Their job profile includes selecting music, scripting and presenting radio shows. The success of the RJ depends the way they present a programme as it can increase or decrease the listeners of the show. There is no fixed timing for the job. They can be called to host programs at any time of the day or night. Radio Jockeys can find work in organizations like AIR (All India Radio), Times FM, Radio Mid-Day and other independent radio stations.
The beginners in the initial stage can earn between Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month. Depending on the popularity of their shows, RJ’s can earn between Rs 15,000 up to Rs 85,000 per month.
There are a number of universities and institutes that offer courses in communication and broadcasting and a couple of institutes offering training on how to handle auditions and conduct short term workshops that focus on pronunciation, reading styles, music appreciation and creative thinking. But in the field of Radio Jockeying, only few institutes offer specialized courses and most of them have been started by well known anchors. EMDI Encompass Institute of Radio Management, Mumbai, Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai is few of the places offering the course.