The commercial radio industry offers exciting career opportunities for people genuinely interested in, and passionate about, commercial radio. As well as high profile on-air roles, radio offers dynamic and creative careers in programming, engineering, sales and marketing, promotions and administration.
Generally, commercial radio stations look for staff with relevant experience and qualifications. However it can sometimes be difficult to gain experience in commercial radio. Metropolitan stations are inundated with requests for employment so the best chance for starting out in commercial radio lies with smaller regional radio stations. Many top performers in commercial radio started their careers in regional stations where the breadth of experience in all aspects of how a commercial radio station operates can be gained. Regional stations are an excellent place to gain exposure to a variety of areas of broadcasting.
Formal qualifications in radio undoubtedly provide an advantage when starting or progressing a career in radio. There are a number of very reputable courses supported by the commercial radio industry. These courses provide an excellent grounding in the way commercial radio works and provides specialist knowledge and skills in key areas. For more information on courses, please click here.
Currently, there is high demand in commercial radio for experienced sales professionals as well as engineering/technical specialists who have some broadcasting experience or qualifications.
For those wanting more detailed information on careers within Australian radio, we recommend reading 'Making Radio: a practical guide to working in radio' edited by Steve Ahern.
Commercial Radio Australia is the industry body representing the interests of commercial radio broadcasters. We do not get involved in recruiting staff to radio stations. Those interested in working in radio should contact stations directly. For a list of commercial radio stations in Australia, please click here.
Links to some of the the major Australian commercial radio network's websites are provided below.
Ace Radio Broadcasters
Australian Radio Network www.arn.com.au
DMG Radio www.dmgradio.com.au
Fairfax Radio Network
Macquarie Radio Network www.macquarieradio.com.au
Prime Radio Network www.primeradio.com.au
Southern Cross Austereo www.sca.com.au