One mid-lifer recently told us that he pulls down six figures in a finance job, but hates every minute of it. He wakes at night lamenting the hours before he has to do it again. But even driving a Beemer to work doesn’t make up for that lack of job satisfaction. What he loves is talking sports. Being a sportscaster is his dream job. If only he could get into sports radio…
He also knows the career clock is ticking. Every day he puts off chasing his dream is a day he can never get back. And as time passes, he knows he’s sinking deeper and deeper into the rut he so desperately wants to escape. But is there any way out?
Well, we had good news for him … and we have it for you too.
No Matter Your Age or Experience
You can get into broadcasting, no matter what your age or prior experience. But besides talent and willpower, which you likely already have or you wouldn’t be reading this, you need two other things: broadcasting skills and inside the industry contacts to recommend you for a job – or hire you themselves.
At BMG/SMG, we can supply both, in as little as six months. And you don’t have to quit your present job, move to another locale, or radically change your life to get them.
We do this through the apprentice-mentor learning training model, in which you (the apprentice) learn radio one-on-one from an experienced broadcaster (the mentor). Here’s how it works. :
- When you apply, you tell us what radio specialty you seek (DJ, newscaster, talk show host, or sportscaster), and the names of four or five local radio stations where you’d like to train.
- We then locate a working broadcaster in your specialty at one of those stations who will serve as your mentor during your choice of either a three or six month training period.
- You meet with your potential mentor and, if you both feel the arrangement is right, you start training.
- Your weekly get-togethers are at the actual working radio station where your mentor works, and you learn on the same equipment he or she uses.
- A big part of the training is creating your own weekly radio show. Your mentor reviews it each week, providing detailed feedback and ideas for improvement. And, as time passes, every show will be better than the last.
In the process, you’re taught a wide variety of broadcasting career skills, including, depending on your specialty:
–Operating in the studio environment, including equipment and procedures
–Vocal Development, including tone and delivery
–Developing a Personal Style
–On-Air Interviewing skills
–Job Hunting Skills, including resume and demo development (Lifetime job placement assistance is also included)
Keep Getting Your Present Paycheck
You do NOT have to leave your present job, because training is on your schedule. You can arrange to train evenings, weekends, or whatever works for you. And generally, all the program asks of you is 10 hours a week. Yes, you may give up a few TV shows or social gatherings, but honestly, are they moving you towards a better life?
Then, at the completion of training, you earn a certificate – and a recommendation from an industry pro, your mentor – that proves you’re ready and qualified to start your career. BMG is widely known in the industry as a premier source of new on-air talent. So that certificate and recommendation can be your passport to a new career.
The Secret to Getting Hired: Contacts!
But something else our program supplies is an even bigger aid to entry. And it’s the critical factor in winning your first on-air job.
As you learn, your mentor, and others at the station, are watching your skills grow. If you work diligently and show commitment, they develop a favorable opinion of you.
Every experienced broadcaster or station manager has contacts at other stations. So when a job opens anywhere in their network, they’re ready and willing to confidently recommend you, or, if your mentor is the station decision-maker, to hire you for that job.
How important is having that contact network in your corner?
- Industry sources report that two-thirds of all new radio job openings are filled through insider contacts. Even though hundreds of radio wannabes may be after the same job, your insider contacts will have already gotten you two thirds of the way through the door.
As longtime broadcaster and broadcasting coach David Brody puts it, “I can’t think of a better way to enter the industry than to go through this program. It gets your foot in the door at a station. Once in, there’s no telling how far you can go.”
California KBAY host Jona Denz Hamilton adds, “Mentoring will put you on the fast track.”
Kiss Your Boss Goodbye
As we said, you don’t need to leave your job while you’re training for your new radio career. In fact, we RECOMMEND you don’t leave it.
Broadcasting career openings are sporadic. There may be none for a time, and then several will show up at once. Meanwhile you’ve got bills to pay and a family to feed. So yes, as you train, you’ll still be working at that job you so want to leave.
But every evening when you step out that door, you’ll know you’re moving closer to the career you really want. This will give you a feeling of hope, which will help you bear your current situation. And then one day, when the training is done, and the right job appears … and you’ve learned the skills to do it … and your mentor offers a hearty recommendation, that’s the day you can kiss your current boss goodbye. Because that’s the day that hope will turn into a dream fulfilled.
Meanwhile, take the first step toward reaching that day.
Pick the broadcasting specialty you want to pursue below and then contact us at BMG by clicking below or calling 888-307-2346 toll-free and find out more. There’s no cost or obligation.
Because your path to the broadcasting career you dream of starts to open the moment you do.