Here’s a quick summary of what’s on this page:
- The two things you need to break into radio in the State of Washington.
- 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.
If you’re seeking to launch a radio career in the state of Washington, you’ve picked a place with lots of opportunity. The state has some 346 stations that could hire you.
Two things you need to succeed in Washington radio
You’d do well to start your career in any of these stations, but wherever you apply, you’ll have a much better chance of landing that first job if you have these two elements in your background:
- Radio skills. These include professional level vocal and presentation training, and knowledge of station rules and equipment.
- Insider contacts. These are people already working in radio who know you and are willing to recommend you for a job.
Two very different radio skills training programs
There are two kinds of broadcasting training programs in Washington State.
1) Brick and mortar schools. These are usually housed in stand-alone buildings, sometimes connected to a college campus. You learn by attending classes, taking notes and passing tests. You practice broadcasting, but it’s often in a simulated station not actually on the air. Your teachers may be retired broadcasters or former station business managers.
These schools teach you skills, but present challenges. They usually are in large cities like Seattle, and if you’re not in one, you’ll have to travel or move to attend. Also, class and semester start dates are on a rigid schedule. You may have to quit a job or make other changes to meet the school’s timetable. And they can be costly, with tuition and fees ranging up to $50,000, when part of a college degree program.
2) Radio apprenticeship training programs, such as those offered by Broadcasters Mentoring Group (BMG.) Apprenticeship is a time-honored way to learn a trade by having a working professional teach you, one-on-one, right in the workplace. BMG has adapted this concept to broadcasting 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 training is completed.
The advantages over brick and mortar schools are obvious:
- Training right in your area means you don’t have to relocate.
- Flexible schedules mean you can keep a present job.
- One-on-one training means you get all the instructor’s attention
- You’re learning in a real working station, not at an isolated campus.
Contacts: The make or break factor for breaking in to Washington radio
Anyone who’s applied for an on-air broadcasting job knows the number of applicants for any position can be overwhelming. Why would a hiring manager choose you?
Often, it’s because you have a recommendation from someone already in radio, an industry insider contact. But how do you get them?
Apprenticeships build contacts automatically
As you train in a working radio station, the professionals there get to know you. More importantly, they get to watch your skills develop. Do well in your training and they’re likely to want to help you advance in your career. They’ll tell you of a new opening before they tell any outsider, and when you apply, you’ll carry their recommendation in your pocket.
How often does this help? Industry studies show that six of every 10 new broadcasting hires happen through contacts.
Apprenticeship builds contacts almost automatically. But because brick and mortar schools operate outside day-to-day radio, they can’t hope to create current contacts in the same way.
No wonder California radio host Jona Denz Hamilton is one of many broadcasters who recommend 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.
Works best, costs less
Apprenticeships have another advantage: Since BMG does not have to pay for buildings and staff as traditional schools must, we can pass big savings to you. BMG programs cost up to 20 times less than brick and mortar schools, when they’re part of a college degree program.
So the most effective program is likely also the most affordable.
Make the first move for free
None of these advantages can be put to work unless you make the first move. And we’re happy to tell you it won’t cost 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. One of our counselors will get back to you to answer all your questions and to provide a free radio career consultation. And there’s absolutely no cost or obligation to learn more.
Washington radio listeners are standing by to hear from you. So are we. Launch that new career by contacting BMG today!