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Become A Board Operator

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Working As A Board Operator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $37,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Board Operator Do At Salem Communications

* Must operate standard broadcast console, including “faders” or “pots.”
* Protect the company’s F
* C-C license, successfully execute E
* A-S tests, log transmitter readings, raise and lower power and follow regulations and policies under the direction of the Chief Operator.
* Able to read and follow program log, play programs, spots and station identification’s for multiple stations.
* Ability to perform commercial and show production.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Board Operator Do At Entercom Miami

* The part-time board operator/producer will be responsible for running and maintaining a precise broadcast at all times.
* Accurate board work with in-studio and network programming is the main responsibility.
* Candidate must be able to read and accurately interpret station traffic logs.
* Board-op/producers will be responsible for communicating with the program director, executive producer or broadcast engineers when opportunities or challenges are observed during his/her shift.
* Monitor and utilize digital and social media assets for breaking sports news and show promotion.
* In addition to board-op and producer duties, candidates will have an opportunity to serve as a sports update anchor, field reporter and production assistant

What Does A Board Operator Do At Sirius XM Radio Inc.

* Checks audio equipment for proper functioning prior to going on air, reporting technical problems and equipment malfunctions to engineers.
* Confirms audio feed provided is correct game broadcast scheduled.
* Auditions all audio elements prior to broadcast.
* Maintains knowledge of players and storylines involved in game being broadcast.
* Logs highlights during game broadcast for editing in sports newsroom.
* Communicates breaking sports news to Sports Newsroom.
* Runs audio workstation for various live sports game broadcasts.
* Ensures that on-air product is up to broadcast standards; communicates issues to Sports Supervisor and Engineers.
* Plays all scheduled commercials and promos and understands when to play them on air.
* Follows game format of program content and breaks

What Does A Board Operator Do At Aramark

* Responsible for opening and closing the building according to expectations of the management team
* Oversee the sanitation of work stations including floors, worktables, walls, refrigerators, meat blocks, equipment, and utensils
* Ensure all staff on duty are properly trained and adhere to cash handling standards
* Responsible for making sure the staff uses correct portions when preparing and serving items
* Follow and direct others in the standards for product merchandising, line display, stocking, storing of products and distribution of marketing material
* Ensure the staff appropriately logs and disposes of waste, follow 5P process including recipe standards
* Responsible for cash handling, safe verification and daily deposits
* Responsible for Work Force Management scheduling, editing, keying exceptions and approving time
* Knowledge of Labor Scheduling Report, Labor Scheduling Tool, and Labor Tracking Tool
* Delegates tasks to employees as necessary
* Assist managers with employee discipline sessions, attendance logs, and maintains up-to-date contact information
* Monitor theft in the location and report incidents to managers
* Ensure uniform compliance of the staff members
* Maintain a safe work environment by enforcing all safety standards
* Understand the proper use of and storage of chemicals used in the location.
* Be familiar with the chemical SDS book and its contents
* Daily use of the correct PPE for the task assigned
* Report all injuries immediately to your manager and/or supervisor
* Knowledge of QA Audit
* Additional Job Functions:
* Cross-train at other positions in the location
* Work at other stations and in other departments as necessary
* Completion of any task requested by a supervisor or member of the ARAMARK management team.
* Supervisory Responsibilities:
* Oversees and directs staff to ensure timely and effective service of customers

What Does A Board Operator Do At Arizona Sports 98.7FM & 620Am

* Focused operation of on-air console.
* Air commercials per program log.
* Screen listener calls for talk programs during shifts not utilizing a producer.
* Maintain accurate transmitter logs and program logs.
* Double check that audio elements are problem free, before they air.
* Ensure that transmitter is operating according to FCC parameters.
* Record satellite feeds.
* Air emergency alerts.
* Communicate and be a part of shows with hosts, anchors and producers on upcoming elements.
* Occasionally assist producer.
* Give time cues.
* Report equipment problems, update discrepancy reports to communicate any occurrence that departs from program log or quality goals.
* Cross-training on other shifts in the event of scheduling emergencies

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How To Become A Board Operator

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically need postsecondary education. Depending on the work they do, it could either be a postsecondary nondegree award or an associate’s degree.  


Audio and video equipment technicians, as well as sound engineering technicians, typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or certificate, whereas broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. However, in some cases workers in any of these occupations may need only a high school diploma to be eligible for entry-level positions.

Postsecondary nondegree programs for audio and video equipment technicians and sound engineering technicians may take several months to a year to complete. The programs include hands-on experience with the equipment used in many entry-level positions.

Broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. In addition to courses in math and science, coursework for prospective broadcast technicians should emphasize practical skills such as video editing and production management.

Prospective broadcast and sound engineering technicians should complete high school courses in math, physics, and electronics. They must have excellent computer skills to be successful.


Because technology is constantly improving, technicians often enroll in continuing education courses and they receive on-the-job training to become skilled in new equipment and hardware. On-the-job training includes topics such as setting up cables or automation systems, testing electrical equipment, learning the codes and standards of the industry, and following safety procedures.

Training for new hires can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the types of products and services the employer provides. Although some apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more experienced technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by most employers, earning voluntary certification will offer advantages in getting a job as a broadcast or sound engineering technician. Certification tells employers that the technician meets certain industry standards and has kept up to date with new technologies.

For example, the Society of Broadcast Engineers offers eight broadcast engineering certifications, two operator certifications, and two broadcast networking certifications. All of them require passing an exam. Similarly, InfoComm International offers an audiovisual Certified Technology Specialist credential.

Other Experience

Practical experience working in a high school or college audiovisual department also can help prepare someone to be an audio and video equipment technician.


Although many broadcast and sound engineering technicians work first in small markets or at small stations in big markets, after they gain the necessary experience and skills they often transfer to larger, better paying radio or television stations. Few large stations hire someone without previous experience, and they value more specialized skills.

Experienced workers with strong technical skills can become supervisory technicians or chief engineers. To become chief engineer at large television stations, technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technicians need to communicate with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that clients’ needs are met and that equipment is set up properly before broadcasts, live performances, and presentations.

Computer skills. Technicians use computer systems to program equipment and edit audio and video recordings.

Manual dexterity. Some technicians set up audio and visual equipment and cables, a job that requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Others adjust small knobs, dials, and sliders during radio and television broadcasts and live performances.

Problem-solving skills. Technicians need to recognize equipment problems and propose possible solutions to them. Employers typically desire applicants with a variety of skills, such as setting up equipment, maintaining the equipment, and troubleshooting and solving any problems that arise.

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Board Operator Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Romanian

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Norwegian

  • Ukrainian

  • Tigrinya

  • Russian

  • Filipino

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

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Top Board Operator Skills

  1. Audio Board
  2. Board On-Air Personalities
  3. Radio Station
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Controlled audio Board, Cart machines, Reel to Reel and phone lines for call ins.
  • Worked with Promotions/marketing department by driving radio station vehicles to different locales (clubs, concerts, and amusement facilities).
  • Operate on-air sound board, broadcast equipment, and computer programs during live remote and sports broadcasts.
  • Host music program, operate sound boards and other equipment as needed during live broadcasts.
  • Rip audio tracks off of CD's and upload them to a server to be aired as syndicated radio shows.

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