Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Welp, here's advice from a former radio personality. First, let me give you brutal truth about radio. It's fun work but the trade-off is that decent pay can be very hard to come by. The great thing is that you could double as an engineer and air personality at a station. Yes, that can really be done! One thing I did was made sure I always had a way of supplementing my radio income with other jobs.
As for how to get in, I suggest starting a podcast or doing some sort of low- or no-overhead online radio as an audio resume (it's called an air check in the business). Program directors are going to want to hear your delivery. The next step would be to start applying for jobs. Be confident because attitude is very much respected in the radio business. Also, establish a social media and web presence. A big part of the business is air personalities connecting with the public off the mic.
Just so you know, my way into radio was through an internship my senior year of college. I started in the promotions department just to get my foot in the door. I took out garbage, cleaned the promotional vans, took grief from sales people, and made my move three years later to get on air. I worked so hard and became so dependable that I made myself valuable even though I wasn't the most talented air personality. The lesson is that talent will get you noticed, but hard work and dependability can keep you employed. Last thing. Approach the business with a sense of purpose. You don't want to be just another blabber mouth on the air. Have a real reason for wanting to do the work. I hope that helps and best of luck!