Radio Career Help...?

Recently I have been very interested in talk radio and wanted some advice on how to get into the field of talk radio. I am going to college and am working on a communications degree, I love talking to people, and talk radio has always been my preference compared to music. I listen and subscribe to multiple podcasts and listen to online web shows all the time. I was told that starting a podcast would probably be one way to get into radio, but my problem is that I don't know what I would talk about. Please lend me your advice on ways that you would know of to get into this field, or help with ideas for a show.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The communications field is highly competitive, and a good education can make a huge difference. According to the Education-Portal website, which ranks schools, some programs have definite advantages. These top 10 schools, all approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, will prepare you for the various careers in this field, including radio host, news anchor, talk show host or print journalist or radio personality. While holding a degree in communications is not a requirement for all jobs in communication, it is essential for many.

    Syracuse University

    Earning it's rank of No. 1 in the nation by Education-Portal is Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications. This New York based university was also raked one of the top 10 communications colleges in the U.S. and best Northeastern college for 2010 by the Princeton Review. Since the school's founding in 1870, Syracuse University has grown to become one of the most respected schools of higher education in the nation.

    Syracuse University

    306 Steele Hall

    Syracuse, NY 13244

    315- 443-4357

    University of Illinois

    As of 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was listed as No. 2 in the nation. The College of Media offers communications majors a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast journalism designed to prepare them for the challenging world of broadcasting.

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    901 West Illinois St,

    Urbana, IL 61801


    University of Georgia

    Located in Athens, the University of Georgia has a student population of 34,180 and ranks No. 3 in excellence according the Education-Portal website. The school's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the oldest communication programs in the country. Its three departments, which include journalism, advertising and public relations and telecommunications, consistently are ranked among the very best in the nation, according to the school's website. Grady's graduate program in radio/television is ranked 12th in the nation according to the U.S.News and World Report.

    Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication

    Journalism Building

    120 Hooper St.

    Athens, Georgia 30602


    University Southern California

    USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism came in No. 4 in the Education-Portal rankings. Located in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California boasts a total of 33,747 students as of 2010. The school boasts a top-ranked faculty, according to its website, and offers master's and doctoral programs in communications fields as well as undergraduate degrees.

    University-Southern California

    1975 Zonal Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90089


    University of Colorado

    University of Colorado at Boulder, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is ranks No. 5 according to Education-Portal. Students with an interest in the industry will receive extensive education in the fields of broadcasting and journalism through lectures taught by actual professionals in the field of communications. Students also are encouraged to complete their own live programs for submission and review in order to obtain critical feedback.

    University of Colorado at Boulder

    1505 University Ave.

    Boulder, CO 80309


    University of Missouri

    Ranked No. 6 in the nation by Education-Portal, The University of Missouri is responsible for the education of more than 30,000 students. According to it's website, the University of Missouri's School of Journalism produced four national winners as well as four national finalists in the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. In April 2010, the school was honored with the ACES Glamann Award for Contributions to Editing.

    Missouri School of Journalism

    Administrative Offices

    120 Neff Hall

    Columbia, MO 65211


    Read more: Top 10 Mass Communication Colleges |

  • 4 years ago

    Of path it is viable. Nowdays you need to quite be committed. Radio is radio...neighborhood or no longer. Most do it for the affection of the trade. Go to a good college and be trained earnings/advertising and marketing and internet'll make you a extra useful worker and you'll holiday in to radio from there. Good success.

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