A Radio Jockey, popularly known as the RJ, is a person who hosts a talk show on the radio – he is the ‘sutradhar’ of a particular show. RJ’s role is to entertain the callers in the chat show – communicate with the caller through telephone mainly or sometimes through e-mail or online chat. An RJ’s popularity depends on his ability to engage the listeners to the show. A spontaneous, pleasant, and friendly personality is what defines the charisma of an RJ. A down-to-earth, friendly, and approachable attitude offers the listeners the comfort zone of opening up their minds being unhesitant. Good sense of humor, qualities like mimicry help to connect the audiences easily to the show and make the show and the RJ popular.
An RJ has to interact with lots of people with different natures, likes and dislikes – so he has to possess a sharp presence of mind to deal with any kind of situation. Obviously, a strong command of the language and a good voice will help you to succeed in this field. Your diction and pronunciation should also be clear and accurate. The RJ should be interested and aware of the latest movies and songs, and also current affairs. The capability of talking about the different topics in the field of social, political, entertainment, etc is quite important. The job needs enthusiasm – it is an exciting, promising, and challenging career to choose from.
Eligibility to become Radio Jockey:
You can enter the field of Radio Jockey, after passing class 12 or graduating. No specific entrance examinations are there to enroll you as a radio jockey. Aspiring candidates can do short-term certificate and diploma courses in this field. Fluency in Spoken English is an added advantage.
Subject Combination: No specific subject combination is required to take this profession. You can choose this field after studying any subject in plus two or graduation.
- Diploma in Radio Programming and Broadcast Management (DRPM)
- Diploma in Radio Production and Radio Jockeying (DRJ)
- Post Graduation Diploma in Radio and Broadcast Management (PGDRBM)
- Certificate Course in Radio Jockeying (CRJ)
Note: A media-related internship experience may help you or give you a better chance to start your career.
Employment opportunities for Radio Jockey:
There is a good scope in Government as well in the private sector. The candidates are recruited on the basis of audition. After selection, two months of in-house training is provided to the candidates.
Radio Jockeys can find work in government organizations like AIR (All India Radio), state-wise radio stations, and other radio stations. In the government sector, salary packages are high and job security is also there – health benefits, retirement pension, gratuity are also available.
Lots of scopes are there in companies such as Radio Mirchi, Big FM, Red FM, Aamar FM, and many more. In the private sector also you will get good packages. The working environment is quite competitive in private channels. You have to give your best to hold your position.
Fresher: 7000/-15000/ per month
Experienced: 1.5 lakhs- 2 lakhs per month (2500/-3000/ per show)
A Radio Jockey also has a good opportunity to earn more money by voice over for television and radio advertisements.
Books and Study Materials:
- The Radio Jockey Hand Book by Simran Kohli
- Romancing the Microphone by Swaty Gupta
- Let’s Talk On-Air/ Conversations with Radio Presenters by Rakesh Anand Bakshi
- Fundamentals of Radio Broadcasting by John Hasling
- Stay Tuned: The Story of Radio in India by Pankaj Athawale
- Zee Institute of Media Arts, Mumbai
- Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
- Radio City School of Broadcasting, Mumbai
- National School of Drama, Delhi
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi
- Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
- Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune
- Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida
- The Kolkata Institute of Media and Broadcasting, Kolkata
- WLC College India, Kolkata
Radio Jockey is a dynamic profession, where you can get the chance to connect with people of diverse interests. The working hours are mostly flexible. It’s a quite stressful and demanding profession, needs consistent hard work, updating oneself, and dedication. But, if you have the interest, ready to take the challenges, and most importantly, love to be a Radio Jockey, then it’s fun for you!
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