Radio Broadcast Assistant

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Radio broadcast assistants provide vital support in the development and day-to-day production of local and national radio. They give practical assistance to programme producers and presenters to ensure that shows run as smoothly as possible.

Radio broadcast assistants undertake key administrative activities as well as assisting in planning, researching and producing live and pre-recorded radio programmes. They often have creative input on the development of new shows or features. The broad scope of the role, encompassing production and technical skills, means that it is a common starting point for a career in radio


-undertaking general research for programmes;
-general administrative duties;
-arranging and overseeing guest visits and freelance staff;
-maintaining up-to-date contact lists;
-producing transcripts, programme logs and running orders;
-recording programme costs;
-preparing contracts and payments for guests and contributors;
-answering and archiving details of calls for phone-ins and competitions;
-archiving past programmes;
-booking resources, facilities, studio time and equipment;
-editing audio packages with digital editing software;
-assisting with time-keeping;
-assisting the production team;
-assisting with the recording of transmissions;
-contributing to the creative input of a show, for example writing cues and updating scripts;
-liaising with publicity departments about programme trailers and competition prizes;
-updating the programme or station website and ensuring that the on-air and online content are the same.
-researching and interviewing guests;
-researching news stories;
-pitching new ideas;
-creating and producing items of a programme;
-choosing music;
-presenting shows or small sections of a programme, such as news items and reviews of music, films or books.


Some radio experience preferred but not required

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