What exactly does BMG do?
BMG pairs aspiring radio broadcasters like you with working broadcasters for your training inside a nearby
radio station of your choosing. You decide your training days and times, based upon your schedule and
availability. You decide the best fit to meet your needs between our basic six month training program, or
more comprehensive nine month training program
After being placed, BMG provides you with all the training materials you’ll need, as well as ongoing support and oversight of your training program. We serve as the overseer of your training throughout your entire course of study.
Do you have a broadcast school in my city?
Yes – as long as you have radio stations within acceptable driving distance to you. Even though BMG is a radio broadcast school, your “classroom” is in the inside of a local radio station in your community. Your mentor-instructor is a working broadcaster from that station. You do not have to move or relocate from where you currently live to receive BMG’s broadcasting training.
Which radio stations do you work with in my area?
Every radio station in your area is a candidate to work with a BMG placed student. The “secret” to our success lies in the quality of the mentor we provide you. Rest assured, BMG will place you for training with an experienced broadcaster who is well connected to the local broadcasting community, and the broadcasting industry in general. Here are a few things to consider:
- Every radio station with a broadcaster is a candidate to work with you.
- You’ll submit 4-6 station preferences as to where you’d like to train.
- You choose the days and times you’d like to train.
- We’ll set up an interview for you with a prospective mentor from one of your station preferences. If accepted after your interview, this is the mentor who will train you and the station where your training will take place.
How can I become a broadcaster?
Just as there are many ways you can travel cross country, so too are there various ways to become a broadcaster. Some choices will lead you to your destination quicker than others, however. The name of the game is to get your foot in the door. From there, you’ll get to know other broadcasters, as well as make other important contacts. Equally important is the fact that other people in the broadcasting industry are getting to know you. BMG will get your foot in the door to make this possible from day one.
How often will I meet with my mentor and go into the station?
You set your training days and times, based upon your schedule and availability. Most students will typically go into the station anywhere from one to three times weekly – sometimes more – schedule permitting. All students will also host their own Internet radio show while training, which your mentor will evaluate when meeting with you.
Think of your BMG training like a college course with a lab. (Your BMG “lab” is when you host your own radio show and receive feedback.) But you’ll also read and watch training materials at your convenience, and complete short assignments at home, which will enable you to understand the “how to” of broadcasting, and give you a better understanding of why things are done the way they are at the station.
What exactly is a broadcasting apprenticeship?
Think of a regular apprenticeship. You sit at the foot of the master and directly learn their skills through observation, hands-on training, and discussion – all while under their watchful eye and supervision. It’s the same thing with a broadcasting apprenticeship. A skilled radio broadcaster will train and guide you, either in his or her radio station or through the team they announce for – depending upon your training preferences.
Aren’t apprenticeships really just internships?
No, they’re very different. Typically, internships are only available to currently enrolled college students. In exchange for free labor, radio stations will give college credits to student interns. Radio stations will usually assign interns where the need for free labor is greatest – which could be anything from performing administrative duties, handing out tee-shirts or bumper stickers through their promotions department, or working as the station go-fer. At no point in time does radio station management imply, state, or promise that interns will receive focused training for eventual on-air broadcasting jobs. As a BMG apprentice, you’re being specifically trained by a broadcaster to become an on-air personality or production whiz.
Is there a “best time” to get started?
The “best time” to get started is when you’re ready to take action to realize your dream of becoming a radio broadcaster. Since BMG doesn’t operate on a college semester basis, it’s best to begin when you’re ready to make a commitment to your broadcasting future. Remember, you have one chance to make a first impression. It’s important to be fully committed to learning once you make the decision to begin.
How long will my apprenticeship take?
Most Ultra Insider students complete their in-station apprenticeships within six months, while Supreme Insider students will be expected to complete their training in three months. However, another major benefit BMG provides its Ultra Insider students is the flexibility offered regarding the amount of time your training requires. Since no two people grasp this information at the same pace, if it takes you longer to complete your course … so be it. Unlike other radio broadcasting schools or university programs that generally have a set start and completion date, BMG allows you the freedom to progress at your own pace. (Please note that we are more rigid regarding the three month training time for the Supreme Insider students, however.)
How does BMG’s job placement compare with other broadcasting schools?
First off, the vast majority of broadcasting schools only talk about having a job placement program. Few, if any, can actually show you what their job placement entails … because they don’t have a comprehensive plan for placing you in a broadcasting job. BMG’s comprehensive and strategic four step approach to job placement is what separates us from ANY other radio broadcast school or college program out there. No hype, just fact. We invite you – and even encourage you – to compare and see for yourself.
How do your costs compare with traditional broadcasting schools?
Economic times are tough for many. We understand that, which is why we’re the only broadcast school or apprenticeship program that offers a training program under $10,000. Realizing your dream of becoming a broadcaster shouldn’t put you in debt for years. Equally important to the actual cost, compare the value and volume of services that BMG offers over any other radio broadcast school. You’ll discover that less expensive doesn’t mean lower quality. Given that, BMG’s radio broadcasting apprenticeships are still $4,000-$8,000 less expensive than traditional brick-and-mortar broadcasting schools, and thousands less than other apprenticeship programs. This is possible because you’re not paying for the cost of running a facility, or paying the salary and health benefits for a large faculty.
How much does it cost?
It depends upon which training program is a better fit for your needs and budget. Your six month “Ultra Insider” training tuition is currently $9,750 ($1,000 discount available), while your nine month Ultimate Pro Insider is $14,750 ($2000 discount available). Financing is available for both training programs. Take a look and see all that you’ll receive for your investment in either training program.
Do you offer financial aid or financing?
BMG DOES offer financing, but does NOT offer financial aid. BMG is also certified to work through various states agencies such as the Department of Education and numerous vocational rehabilitation services. If you are enrolled in one of these programs and are eligible for either job training, or retraining services, please contact us for further details. BMG offers other flexible financing options you may want to inquire about, as well.
What now? How do I get started?
You can either fill out the Contact form, or call us directly at 818-879-0858 from anywhere in the U.S. You’re guaranteed to speak with a real person who won’t pressure you into making a decision you’re not ready to make. We’re simply available to answer any questions you still may have about either the BMG training program or the broadcasting industry in general.
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