Your Options For Broadcasting Schools In Kansas
Here are your two primary options to begin your career in radio
Here’s a quick summary of what’s on this page:
- Kansas is served by 270 radio stations.
- Kansas stations broadcast in all formats; many are country music or religious.
- How, under BMG’s unique mentor-apprentice program, you are trained by a working broadcaster in an actual radio station in your local area.
- Why BMG’s 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.
Searching for a broadcasting school or other radio training in Kansas? There are lots of radio career opportunities here once you’ve been trained. More than 270 radio stations serve the state. Many broadcast country music or religious programming, but all the popular formats are represented.
Two Things You Need to Succeed in Kansas Radio
Whatever kind of Kansas radio station you might want to work in, it’s likely you won’t be hired without having two things in your background:
Radio Skills, which include vocal and presentation abilities, and knowledge of station rules and the equipment you work on.
Insider Contacts. These are people already in the radio business who know you and are ready to recommend you for job openings, or to hire you themselves.
Two Ways to Learn What You Need to Know
There are two kinds of broadcasting education programs in in Kansas.
Brick and mortar broadcasting schools. These are stand-alone buildings, often part of a college campus. They teach as a college would. You attend classes, listen to lectures, and take notes and tests. Your teachers are often retired broadcasters or former radio business executives.
You do practice broadcasting, but often it’s in a simulated studio not really on the air, and it may be on older equipment, donated by radio stations that no longer need it.
Be aware, though, that because these schools are often located only in big cities, you may have to travel or relocate to attend. And because they operate on rigid schedules, you may also have to give up a present job or otherwise change your activities to meet their timetables. Also, brick and mortar schools are often easy to get into, but can be expensive. The cost can be up to $50,000 if part of a college degree program.
Radio apprenticeship training, as offered by Broadcasters Mentoring Group. This is a classic method for learning a trade, in which a working professional, your mentor, teaches you one on one, right in the workplace. It’s highly effective, and now, we’ve adapted it to broadcaster training.
Here’s a brief look at how BMG’s program works:
- When you apply, you are linked with a working broadcaster (your mentor) in a radio station you select right in your 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 weekly, 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, and you practice on the same equipment the broadcasters there use every day.
- 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 or six month program. At completion, BMG certifies you as being ready to go on-air. And we operate a lifetime job placement program to help you keep your dream going, long after your training is completed.
Contacts: The Make or Break Factor in Breaking In
You may have heard how hard it is to break into broadcasting. Or maybe you’ve tried it yourself with no success.
It could be because you lacked the missing success factor: insider contacts. There simply wasn’t someone already in radio willing to recommend you when a job opened.
Industry studies point up how important that is. They show that more than six of every 10 new radio hires happen through contacts. If you were one of the other f0ur of that 10, you had far less chance even before you applied.
Radio Apprenticeships Build Contacts Automatically
You work side-by-side with the professionals of your training station. Over time, they watch your skills develop and begin to consider you as ready to go on-air. Then, when they hear of an opening, perhaps through their own contacts, they recommend you or even hire you themselves. Either way it happens, you’re in!
Brick and mortar schools, which operate away from the world of day-to-day radio, are far less able to deliver the current contacts you need.
No wonder California radio host Jona Denz Hamilton recommends 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.
Best Program, Lowest Cost
But first you have to get on that track. And we have good news about the cost of doing it. Because BMG radio mentoring doesn’t bear the costs of buildings and staff faced by brick and mortar schools, we can pass big savings to you.
BMG programs cost up to 20 times less than typical brick and mortar schools, when part of a college degree program, and thousands less than typical stand-alone schools.
So the most effective broadcasting training program in Kansas is also likely the most affordable.
Kick Start Your Career in Kansas Radio … for Free
How do you begin? First 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. Either action will put you in touch with one of our counselors who will provide more information and answer your questions. There’s no cost or obligation of any kind to learn more.
Did you know that Superman started the career he wanted in Kansas? Really, he did! Isn’t it time you did too?
Contact BMG today.