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Radio Production

Earn a Two-Year Radio Production Degree at Aims

Still popular with both listeners and advertisers, radio is a $40 billion per year industry. People listen to sports, news, music and comedy shows in their cars during commutes. They can also stream radio stations anywhere in the world on phones, tablets or computers. On-air personalities at local stations connect with listeners by sharing important news updates and information like community events.

The continued popularity and success of this industry means there are ample career opportunities in radio. If you’re interested in music, hosting a show or working behind the scenes in broadcasting, the Aims two-year radio degree program offers hands-on training at a radio station. You don’t need to know how to talk on the air or work the equipment to get started. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the on-air skills and technical knowledge to get a job in radio. 

Turn Your Passion for Music and Technology Into a Radio Career

Aims Degree Video - Communication Media - Radio Production
Study the history and function of radio in society as well as radio formats, communication systems, and the types of broadcasting and production equipment used today.

Kaitilyn Furister shares how she turned a passion for radio production into a career as the station manager for Aims Student Radio.

Get Hands-on Radio Production Training at a Professional Radio Station

The radio production degree program starts with a semester-long study of radio’s history and its context in modern society. You’ll also get an overview of studio equipment and communication systems. After that, you’ll spend the next three semesters gaining direct in-studio experience at the Aims Student Radio station. As your learning progresses, you can also borrow audio equipment to do your own voice tracking or work a remote show using the Aims Student Radio station van. 

While earning your radio production associate degree, build professional skills and gain industry knowledge, including: 

  • How to operate different types of radio station equipment
  • Radio announcing and narration styles and techniques
  • How to edit a radio show
  • Radio production methods
  • How to run a radio station
  • How to find a job in radio

Along with your core radio production courses, choose elective classes in subjects including business, legal issues in multimedia and sound design.

My time at Aims was absolutely terrific. When it came to the media department and classes, it never felt like going to class. I had a blast. The technology was top of the line but still easy for someone like me, who didn't have much of a techy background, to operate. I gained the confidence to pursue my dream of doing my own radio show and managing a sports radio station.

Brady
Communication Media Graduate
Radio production student in the sound booth

Earning a certificate is a cost-effective way to explore an area of interest without committing to a full academic degree program. Two-semester production certificate programs give you direct experience operating the equipment used in a modern radio station. 

  • Radio Production Level I Certificate
  • Radio Production Level II Certificate

Launch Your Career in Radio

Whether you’re into music, news, sports or politics, getting hours of practice in broadcasting can help you find a job on the air. If you’re interested in the technical side of things, learning to operate radio station equipment can lead to opportunities as a radio producer or programmer. If you’re interested in leadership or running things behind the scenes, station manager and program director jobs are also available.

Examples of radio jobs include:

  • On-air radio personality/DJ
  • Radio news reporter
  • Sports announcer
  • Radio station manager
  • Program director
  • Radio producer

The radio business is thriving, with opportunities to work in many different positions. If you’re detail-oriented, technically inclined or have an outgoing personality, radio can offer opportunities to apply your talents and pursue your passions. 

Radio Production Faculty and Staff

Professors with real-world experience working in broadcasting teach the radio production courses at Aims. A maximum class size of 16 students means plenty of one-on-one time with your instructor.

  • Joe Cross

    Part-Time: Technical & Paraprofessional II, Communcation Media