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Become A Radio Board Operator

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Working As A Radio Board Operator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $65,920

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Radio Board Operator does

  • Provided clean up care of the radio board room and the studio on closing nights.
  • Perform these technical duties while the on-air talent performs in an adjoining room.
  • Manage a radio control board/ announce on-air Keep automation of programs on schedule through Audio Vault Disc jockey for classical music program
  • Manage stage clock and performers to keep tight timelines Provide emergency technical assistance for performers and equipment.
  • Recorded and Written On-air promotions for station events and local businesses.
  • Produced and board operated for live and special events for WBLF-AM and WJOW-FM.
  • Assisted in administering contests, answering listener phone calls.
  • Radio Station Board Operator for various on-air shows.
  • Operated the audio board and making sure all radio broadcasts run smoothly.
  • *Followed and enforced FCC regulations, station and company policies.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Edited commercials and public service announcements to be used on air.
  • Displaced due to buy out) Radio Personality for the BJ Murphy Morning Show.
  • Created a client database on Access that improved tracking, reporting, customer service and potential sales volume.
  • Operate sound board and related engineering equipment.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate volume and quality of sound throughout streaming.
  • Operated control board in studio for sports talk shows and sports events.

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How To Become A Radio 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.  

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Radio Board Operator Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    72.1%
  • Female

    27.2%
  • Unknown

    0.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.7%
  • Asian

    8.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.6%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    80.0%
  • French

    20.0%

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Top Skills for A Radio Board Operator

On-AirTalentsAudioBoardRadioStationBoardLiveRemoteBroadcastsPersonalityPublicServiceAnnouncementsRadioControlBoard/FMTransmitterReadingsRemoteBoardOperatorRadioProgramsFCCSoundBoardLiveRadioBroadcastsNightsDJCustomerServiceCommunityStoreOpeningsLocalBusinessesBroadcastEquipment

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Top Radio Board Operator Skills

  1. On-Air Talents
  2. Audio Board
  3. Radio Station Board
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated the audio board and making sure all radio broadcasts run smoothly.
  • Radio Station Board Operator for various on-air shows.
  • Radio Personality for Z93 Jamz, Field phone calls for requests, contests, etc.
  • Edited commercials and public service announcements to be used on air.
  • Manage a radio control board/ announce on-air Keep automation of programs on schedule through Audio Vault Disc jockey for classical music program

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