Career as a Radio Jockey or RJ

Want to become a Radio Jockey? Find out what does it take to build a successful career as RJ. What skills are required to become a Radio Jockey.

Created On: Feb 6, 2018 13:18 IST
Modified On: Mar 12, 2018 19:27 IST
Radio Jockey
Radio Jockey

The world of Radio has come a long way from the days of Aakashvaani and All India Radio to today’s hip and happening FM Radio stations. Along with the Radio industry, the profession of Radio Jockey has also evolved by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Today, Radio Jockeys have become our virtual friends and buddies who accompany us everywhere we go through the airwaves of FM Radio. Be it talking about the latest news or discussing the latest Bollywood movie; they keep us entertained and informed at the same time.

But, despite being such an interesting career option, still many students don’t consider Radio Jockey as a mainstream career option. Even those who want to become a Radio Jockey don’t really know the key skills or the way they can become one. To help our viewers understand different aspects related to career as Radio Jockey, we have with us Divya who is a known name in the RJ circles.

What does a Radio Jockey do? Or what is it like to be a Radio Jockey?

There are different responsibilities that a Radio Jockey handles. However, the key responsibility is to anchor the radio show and play the role of a 'sutradhaar'. A Radio Jockey or RJ runs the show as per the script, plays the music as well as the audio advertisements and also interacts with the audiences through different platforms such as telephone, email social media and SMSes. Their prime responsibility is to be creative and engage users and entrain them; it can be through conversations, humour or music.

Radio Jockey is not looked upon as a mainstream career option by many; do you think this perception has changed in the recent times?

Radio Jockey is a niche profession and will always be one until there is proper awareness among the students and parents about the field and the perks and benefits it offers as a career option. But in the recent times, with youngsters looking for more interesting and creative professions, Radio Jockeying has definitely emerged as one of the lucrative options in the off-beat career opportunities.

Does one really need to have a good voice for becoming an RJ or good sense of humour to become an RJ?

Definitely, good and clear voice is one of the key skills that are required in a RJ, but it is not the only one. As you mentioned, good sense of humour and the ability to interact and connect with audiences also matter a lot to become a successful Radio Jockey.

What are the key skills that one must possess to become an RJ?

There are several skills that make a successful Radio Jockey, but we can look a few key skills that are a must for a RJ. Apart from the ones that we discussed earlier, Radio Jockeys have to be super creative in order to make conversations interesting. On top of that they need to stay updated with all the latest news and happenings; be it at the local, national or international level. Finally, the most important skill or quality for a Radio Jockey would be presence of mind; because you are managing a live show and interacting with audiences who might not always behave in the same way that you expect them to. Therefore, one has to show exceptional presence of mind and manage conversations in a calm, composed and mature manner while keeping them interesting and engaging.

Are there any colleges or courses that one can take up to become a Radio Jockey?

Today, there are many different institutes that offer dedicated courses to become an RJ. These courses are aimed at helping one understand different responsibilities and familiarizing candidates with the technical aspects related to Radio Jockeying as a career option. Some of the prominent institutes that train Radio Jockeys are:

• Radio City School of Broadcasting, Mumbai
• Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
• Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
• Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi  
• Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
• The Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), Ahmedabad

What would be salary prospects for a Radio Jockey?

Radio is a creative field and Radio Jockey is a creative profession; therefore salary is completely dependent upon the brand that you build for yourself. Some popular Radio Jockeys today earn hefty packages that can range upto 12 to 15 Lakhs. However, if you are a fresher you can expect anywhere between Rs 1.8 to 2 lakh as salary, which can grow exponentially as your skills, experience and brand image grows.

So, there you have it! If you have a friendly personality, great voice and zeal to connect and communicate with others; you can easily pick Radio Jockey as a career option. If you have any other questions related to Radio Jockey as a career option, do let us know through your comments below. Also, if you liked this video, please give it a thumbs up and share it among your friends and classmates who you think can become great Radio Jockeys.

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