If you dream of a broadcasting career in Boston, here’s how to get the training and contacts to make it happen
Here’s a quick summary of what’s on this page:
- The two very different types of radio broadcasting schools serving Boston.
- How, under BMG’s unique mentor-apprentice program, you are trained by a working broadcaster, in an actual Boston radio station of your choosing.
- Why BMG’s mentoring program is superior to brick and mortar broadcasting schools.
- Why BMG costs so much less than traditional schools.
- How to get a free radio career consultation, with no obligation.
If you’d like to train for (and eventually work in) Boston radio, you’ve picked the right place. Because Boston is a radio town.
If you’d like proof, wait till Boston’s much loved Red Sox play the much hated New York Yankees. Virtually everyone who can’t get to a TV will be glued to Boston sports radio station WEII-FM, which broadcasts the play-by-play out of Fenway.
In fact, Boston’s love of the Sox, Celts, Bruins, Pats, and other local teams has landed a sports radio station, WBZ-FM, among the cities most listened-to outlets, with an audience of nearly a million cheering, jeering fans.
Two Things You Need to Succeed in Boston Radio
In Boston, as in the rest of the nation, there are many who dream of a career in broadcasting behind the microphone, getting paid for playing their favorite music or talking on their favorite subjects. What do you need to get to the head of the pack when there’s an opening?
Radio Skills. These include vocal and presentation training, and familiarity with station operating procedures.
Influential industry contacts. These are people already in the industry who you know and who know you, and are willing to recommend you for a job opening or hire you themselves.
Two Different Types of Radio Broadcasting Schools Serving Boston
You may have also posed the question we often hear, “What is the best radio broadcasting school in the country?” It’s a normal question, since everyone wants to go to the best school, if possible.
The answer is simple but not so clear-cut. It depends upon what type of learner YOU are.
Brick and Mortar Broadcasting Schools. These are housed in traditional classroom settings, and they teach in the traditional way: You attend classes on a set schedule, listen to lectures and take notes and tests. The teachers may be retired broadcasters or former broadcasting business executives.
You also practice broadcasting, but it’s in the school’s simulated radio station, often on older equipment. Such schools are usually located in large cities like Boston, so if you live in town, you can probably get there on the T. If not, you’ll have to travel or even relocate.
If you are the type of learner that does best in large group settings with note-taking, lectures, and traditional tests, then brick and mortar likely is the best fit for your learning style.
Radio Apprenticeship Programs. Apprenticeships are a time-honored way to learn a business or trade by working under a professional already in it. Broadcasters Mentoring Group (BMG) has adapted this very effective one-on-one technique for radio broadcasting training.
If your learning style is better suited for one-on-one training in a hands-on environment, then BMG’s training model is a better fit and should be considered the best broadcasting school for you.
Here’s a brief look at how BMG’s apprenticeship program works:
- When you apply, you are linked with a working broadcaster (your mentor) in a radio station you choose in the Boston area. (No need to travel or relocate.)
- The broadcaster is in your chosen specialty: DJ, sportscaster, newscaster, or talk show host.
- You meet with your mentor regularly, on a schedule that fits your availability. No need to quit a present job while you learn. And you can start whenever you wish. There are no set semesters.
- Your meetings are right in the real radio station, with broadcasting going on all around you. This allows you to observe how the pros do what you are learning to do.
- You follow a carefully thought-out curriculum, including producing and hosting your own radio show. Over time, with your mentor’s feedback and encouragement, your skills grow and grow.
- You can choose either a three-month or six-month program. At completion, BMG certifies you to potential employers as ready to go on-air. And we operate a lifetime job placement program to help you keep your dream going long after training is completed.
But beyond skills, you need another important element to break into radio in Boston, or anywhere else. And it’s the most important element by far.
The Make or Break Factor: Insider Contacts
With hundreds of applicants for any radio opening, “knowing somebody on the inside” who can help pull you in, is a major advantage. How major?
A recent industry study showed that more than six of every 10 broadcasting openings filled happened through insider contacts, where someone already in the business knew the applicant personally and recommended him or her to the hiring manager.
Apprenticeship training builds these all-important insider contacts almost automatically.
As you train in an actual radio station, you work side-by-side with the professionals there. You get to know them and they get to know you. More importantly, they watch your skills develop and, if you do well in your training, they become more and more willing to help your career move forward.
Then, when they learn of an opening through their own contacts, you get their recommendation, or, if they can, they hire you themselves.
That’s one reason California radio host Jona Denz Hamilton wholeheartedly recommends going the apprenticeship route. “Mentoring will put you on the fast track into radio,” she says. She could have added that it’s also the inside track.
A Note About Costs
In this age of skyrocketing education expenses, it’s important to know that BMG radio apprenticeship programs cost up to 20 times less than a college degree program or the typical brick and mortar broadcasting school. Life in Boston is expensive enough without us adding to it!
Take the Next Step
The first thing to do is decide if you really want to be an on-air radio DJ, sportscaster, newscaster, or talk show host. Then decide if brick and mortar or apprenticeship training is the right path to take.
If you think, as we believe you will, that the BMG apprenticeship program is the right route, read the rest of this website and especially the FAQ page. Or even easier, click on the radio specialty that interests you below or fill out the contact form on this page. Or simply call BMG at (818) 879-0858.and talk to one of our counselors who will provide further information and answer your questions. There’s no cost or obligation to learn more.
Do it now, so that if broadcasting in Boston is your goal, someday soon, you’ll not only listen to the Sox beat the stuffing out of the Yanks – you could be describing it, play-by-play.
Contact BMG today!