Your radio career begins inside your nearby favorite Arizona radio station
Here’s a quick summary of what’s on this page:
- The two very different types of radio broadcasting schools in Arizona.
- Two little-known things you need to break into Arizona radio.
- 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 mentoring program is superior to brick and mortar broadcasting schools.
- Why BMG costs so much less than traditional schools.
Since you’re looking for radio broadcasting schools or other broadcast training options for a career in radio in Arizona, you’ve come to the right place to be educated about your choices.
Two Different Types Of Radio Broadcasting Schools in Arizona
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 Phoenix or Tucson, so unless you live nearby, 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 BMG is not 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 in which you go in your own pace, then BMG’s training model is a better fit for you and should be considered the best broadcasting school for you.
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 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 daily routines. 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 actual radio station, and you practice on the same equipment the broadcasters who work there use every day. No simulated studios here.
- You follow a carefully thought-out curriculum that includes 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 as being ready to go on-air.
- BMG operates a lifetime job placement program to help you keep your dream going long after training is completed.
The Make or Break Factor in Breaking in: Insider Contacts
Because brick and mortar schools operate in isolation, they offer limited ability to meet insiders currently in the business. It turns out that knowing such people and having them know you and be willing to recommend you is the way the vast majority of people get jobs in radio.
In fact, an industry study showed that more than six of every 10 new radio hires happened through contacts.
Apprenticeships Build Contacts Automatically
- As you train side-by-side with the professionals who work in a radio station, they assist you in developing your skills.
- They hear about how you’re doing from your mentor. Do a good job in your training and they become more and more willing to help you break in.
- Then, when they hear of a job opening from their own network of contacts, they tell you and recommend you. You then move to the front of the line for consideration, ahead of the competition!
No wonder California radio host Jona Denz Hamilton wholeheartedly recommends going the mentor-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.
Good News About Training Costs
If you’re interested in a BMG apprenticeship to become a radio DJ, sportscaster, newscaster or talk show host, here’s more good news for you:
Because BMG doesn’t have to pay the high overhead costs of brick and mortar radio broadcasting schools, we can pass big savings on to you. A BMG program can cost up to 20 times less than a university degree program or traditional broadcasting school.
So the most effective program is likely also the most affordable.
First Step to Make Your Radio Career Happen is Free
BMG is ready to help you become a broadcaster in Arizona. But it won’t happen until you make the first move. That won’t cost you a dime.
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 all your questions. There’s never a cost or obligation to learn more.
Arizona may be hot. But being a radio broadcaster is definitely cool. Start making it happen today!