Your career in radio broadcasting begins at your favorite nearby radio station in Texas
Here’s a quick summary of what’s on this page:
- The two things you need to break into Texas 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 program is superior to brick and mortar broadcasting schools in Texas.
- Why BMG costs so much less than traditional broadcasting schools.
- How to get a free radio career consultation, with no obligation.
Interested in breaking into radio broadcasting in Texas? Want to be a working DJ, sportscaster, newscaster or on-air talk show host in the Lone Star State?
A lack of stations to hire you won’t be a stopper. In fact, Texas hosts more than 1,000 stations, large and small. The Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex alone has more than 80 stations you could work for.
So if you’re a Texan, there’s no need to go anywhere else to win the broadcasting career you dream of. But you likely will need two things in your background before a Texas station manager or program director will put you on the air. These are:
- Broadcasting skills. These include vocal and presentation skills, and knowledge of radio station procedures and equipment.
- Industry Contacts. Because there’s likely a stampede for every job opening, it’s tremendously helpful to know people already in the business with the power to put you at the front of the line. In fact, studies show that more than six of every 10 new broadcasting hires come about through insider contacts.
Two places to get what you need
There are also two choices to learn what you need to know to break into radio in Texas. These are:
1) Brick and mortar schools. These schools are housed in their own buildings, sometimes as part of college campuses. They’re located in major cities, like Dallas or Houston, so if you don’t live in one, you’ll have to travel or even relocate. These schools also have set semesters, and conduct teaching through classroom lectures on fixed schedules, so you might need to quit a present job to attend.
You will practice broadcasting, but it’s often in simulated studios that don’t actually get on the air, and may be done on older equipment. And your teachers may be retired broadcasters or radio executives who’ve never been behind a mic.
2) Radio apprenticeship programs, like those of Broadcasters Mentoring Group (BMG), are totally different. We pair you with a working broadcaster in a real radio station nearby your home. That professional then teaches you the business, one-on-one.
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 month 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 training is completed.
The Make or Break Factor in Breaking In: Contacts
Either brick and mortar schools or an apprenticeship can teach you broadcasting skills, but skills are only part of the broadcasting success formula.
The larger part is industry contacts. In an apprenticeship, you work side-by-side with real broadcasters, in a real radio station. You get to know these professionals, and they get to know you. And if you do good work in your training, over time they become willing to help you advance in the business.
Then, when they become aware of an opening either at your training station or, through their contacts, at another station, they’re ready and willing to recommend you or to even hire you. Job-seekers often talk about how hard it is to get your foot in the door of radio. With the insider contacts you’ve gained through apprenticeship, you’re already inside that door.
In contrast, brick and mortar schools are separate from the world of real radio. For that reason, there are limited opportunities to make contacts that can help you to enter that world.
No wonder California radio host Jona Denz Hamilton 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.
Best Program, Lowest Cost
Nobody wants to graduate a training program with a massive load of student debt. So it’s important to note that BMG’s program is up to 20 times less expensive than the typical brick and mortar broadcasting school, when offered by a college. Therefore, the most effective program to break into broadcasting is likely to also be the most affordable.
Do As Texas Did: Break Free!
When ruled by Mexico, Texans boldly broke free and went their own way. Maybe it’s time you followed that tradition by launching that broadcasting career you’ve dreamed of.
BMG has the tools to help you do it but you’ve got to take the first step.
Read more on 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. One of our counselors will provide full information and a free career consultation. There’s no cost or obligation to learn more.
Start your move into broadcasting by contacting BMG today!