Radio Internship Duties
Power 104.9 WTSX LP-FM has radio internships offered for High School Juniors & Seniors either during or after college and are an important step in pursuing a radio broadcasting career. As an intern, you’ll experience first-hand how a radio station and its affiliates operate with sales, talent, hosting and producing. This type of practical knowledge, along with a journalism, broadcasting or communications degree, will make you a more attractive job candidate. Students under the age of 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by parents for security reasons.
Radio interns are expected to help producers and on-air talent run a smooth show. Duties include setting up the studio for broadcasts with scripts for advertisements and endorsements; supplying the radio host with reading and research material; and recording specified segments for future use. In addition, an intern can be expected to maintain the station’s website with podcasts, guest interview transcripts and station news.
The busiest times for a radio station’s call center are early morning, mid-day and early evening when listenership is typically greater. The intern fields calls for song requests, screens calls for talk shows, takes personal information from contest winners and makes follow-up and research calls to potential clients and advertisers for the production staff.
Gives Creative Input
An intern showing creative potential is asked to help develop segments. In conjunction with producers, an intern will brainstorm new ideas, write and execute the material on air. Radio stations sometimes plan humorous segments involving the interns, which means interns must be outgoing, quick thinkers who can banter with the hosts.
Radio stations typically do a lot of public relations work with schools, communities and advertisers to promote the station. An intern’s promotional duties may involve writing and editing press releases and using social media to connect with listeners and promote contests. The radio intern may also need to stock the station’s vehicle with literature and promotional items to be given out at events. It’s important to the intern’s success that he represent the station in a lively, positive manner.
Executes Administrative Duties
Preparing and distributing mail, communicating with advertisers and listeners through e-mail, filing membership information and filling out contest-winner forms are duties handled by interns. In addition, an intern might be asked to order food or ensure requested items are on hand, such as a guest’s special drink order. Responsibilities also include maintaining concert and appearance dates, creating station literature and coordinating station giveaways, for example. General office duties, such as emptying trash cans and tidying the office, may also be expected.
Pay and Time Expectations
Interns typically are not paid, earning college credits instead. Some stations, though, have a stipend program, such as NPR, which pays $5,500 for 16 weeks. Requirements for interns usually include a 20-hour work week commitment, good academic standing, attendance at weekend and after-hour station events, and a willingness to travel without expecting reimbursements. Power 104.9 WTSX LP-FM does not have a Stipend Program, how ever we do track hours of all interns which will be submitted towards credits.
(Key Points) Online/Video
- Looking for creative interns to assist with station website development
- Duties include: creating Flash and static banners, designing special promotional pages within station websites, providing live web information feeds from station events, uploading photos, creating online listener surveys.
- Assist with video production: shooting, editing, creating graphics and more.
- Interns will learn about web design through a hands-on approach in the field.
- Writing articles and assiting in research of entertainment topics
- Must be able to commute to and from the offices in Kokomo & Indianapolis
- Some nights and weekend availability is required
- A working knowledge of the tri-state area and mass transportation is recommended
- Interact with listeners at station events ranging from retail appearances to club events
- Assist with station concerts and events, acting as a liaison for promotional events
- Perform data entry and internet research projects, and assist with filing, mailing and other office duties as assigned
- Maintaining a listener database of station contest winners
- Writing copy, distributing and compiling daily prize sheets
- Contacting daily winners to follow-up with prizing
- Actively pulling content to maintain the station website with content, graphics, pictures, web contests and other interactive media
- Ensuring that station vehicles are packed to successfully execute station events
- Representing station in a positive manner at station eventsResponsible for assisting the Program Directors and on-air talent with daily tasks as well as special projects
- Duties include: contesting, screening listener calls, and updating jock personality pages
- As a production intern, you will learn what it takes to put together a live show by working closely with our programming and on-air staff