Duties and responsibilities
A radio producer is responsible for the audio content of broadcasts via radio, the internet and other mobile platforms. They oversee the entire process: from generating ideas to managing the audience response after a program. The typical duties and responsibilities of a radio producer include:
- Generating and researching ideas for programs
- Developing content and writing material for scripts, bulletins and links
- Sourcing potential contributors and interviewees
- Selecting music appropriate to the programme, the audience and the station
- Managing the logistics of getting people, resources and equipment together at the right place at the right time
- Undertaking editing, interviewing and reporting duties as necessary
- Checking that copyrights are cleared
- Responding to audience feedback and referring on to other departments as necessary
To become a radio producer, you will need a bachelor’s degree in related field, such as journalism, media public relations or communications.
Skills and relevant work experience
A radio producer needs hands on experience in the field in order to gather an understanding of media law. As well as experience, they will also need skills and talents such as:
- Time management skills, as radio producers must work to tight timelines in order to produce content for the radio program
- Communication skills, as radio producers will need to work as part of a team with presenters and directors
- Creativity, as radio producers need to create exciting and interesting stories
- Interpersonal skills, as radio producers will need to work as part of a cohesive team with directors and producers
- Leadership skills, as radio producers will have to delegate tasks to other team members
Radio producers are likely to work around 40 hours per week. However, overtime is common and so is evening, weekend and holiday work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a producer was $74,420 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $173,680.
Radio producers may progress to have more responsibility, such as managing a team of other producers.