Topics covered in the Irish Academy Radio Presenter Course
The radio presenter course is structured into four modules. Module one is taught in an interactive tutorial style. The remaining modules are skills-based and are taught in studio. You will spend most of your day in the studio, recording in different styles, and researching and conducting an interview.
Module 1: How a radio station works
The structure of broadcasting in Ireland – how a radio station works – roles of presenter/producer/director – radio jobs in Ireland - use of language – regulations and obligations – working in broadcast journalism – how to structure an interview.
Module 2: How to create vox-pops
Agreeing a subject – finding contributors – structuring questions – sound quality – balance – creating a radio package.
Module 3: How to read the news
Breathing properly – checking pronunciations – timing – reading with clarity and without emotion.
Module 4: How to conduct an interview
Reviewing a briefing document – writing programme intro and outro – structuring interview questions – conducting a one-to-one interview.
The broadcast media has expanded in recent years, radio stations have amalgamated under major brands, new online and digital radio stations continue to appear. There are plenty of radio jobs in Ireland and many are for radio presenters.
Radio Presenters are needed for chat shows, music programmes, news and sports reports. They also work as programme contributors. Freelance radio presenters write and record packages for programmes and often discuss them with the presenter in studio. Journalists on contract present the majority of daily and weekly shows on air.
Radio presenters also chair conferences, open events and do voice-overs for charity.
Learning from experienced Radio broadcast professionals
Two tutors teach this course. Heather MacLeod is an experienced researcher, producer and station manager who will give you an insight into the technical aspects of radio presenting. Ellen Gunning is an experienced presenter and media trainer who will help you to structure your questions and create your own style of presenting on radio.
Both women have vast knowledge. They love to share their expertise. They enjoy interacting with students. They are generous with their time and their advice. They are also very useful contacts for you! Read More
Radio Presenter - a Proven and Popular course of study
Media training is our business. We have been teaching radio presenting for the last decade. Courses are always taught in a radio studio. Students are in a working radio environment for the entire day.
We’ve taught people from a mix of different backgrounds and countries. Some work as radio presenters (in Ireland and abroad). Some work a researchers, newsreaders, co-anchors and freelance contributors. Many contribute on specialist subjects (like law or stress management).
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Fast-Track your Radio Presenter career
The Academy's Radio Presenters Course is widely regarded as one of the best Radio Presenters courses you can study. On completion, you have a Certificate in Radio Presenting and a Demo Disc of the work you have done over the day. It is your personal disc with recordings of you reading the news, conducting an interview and presenting a vox-pop. You can use this disc with future employers to showcase your abilities. After all, having a good, written CV is important but, on radio, you MUST be able to showcase how you SOUND.