Radio DJs look like they have a lot of fun, mixing songs and getting heard over the airwaves. However, there is a lot more to becoming a DJ than just knowing how to flow one song into another. The process of learning to DJ on the radio takes time and effort. Just learning to match your own musical expression with the desires of a given audience is a skill. It isn’t all about beats or songs. It’s also about knowing your audience and anticipating their needs.
While it can be tough to get started as a radio DJ, it is even more difficult to stand out from the crowd of DJs who are already out there.
Becoming a successful radio DJ means advancing and this comes in a number of different ways. Radio DJs can move from smaller markets to bigger markets in order to gain a larger audience and become better known.
Or, if you are a part-time DJ, changing to a full-time shift can give you a larger audience and increase your popularity. Changing from a late-night shift, when the audience is sparse, to a drive-time shift, when the radio station has the most listeners, can do the same for you.
DJs can also step into additional roles at the station, like Assistant Program Director, Program Director or Music Director. All of these are more managerial positions and will give you more clout.
The best training you can have as a radio DJ is hands on. You can gain experience in radio by interning or working part-time at a radio station – no matter what the job. Just getting your foot in the door at the station is important. It shows the station that you will work any job, any shift, and soon you may be given an on-air chance.
Today, social media skills are important skills for a DJ to have as well. You need to be proficient on the web, and be good at communicating so that you can advertise your skills and build a following online.
Finally, personality is the key to set yourself apart from other DJs. You need to be able to entertain and talk with people about music. You should genuinely love what you do, as, if you do, people will be able to tell. You can make people’s days better through both your music and your attitude.
Getting your foot in the door is important. As stated before, offer to do any job at a station in order to prove yourself worthy of a spot.
If you have tried everything and just cannot get into the major stations in your area, try smaller markets in surrounding cities. No matter where you go, it will help you build your resume.
For further information about becoming a radio DJ, check out the Media School location nearest you!