An associate producer in radio will be responsible for assisting senior producers in the production of a radio show, broadcast, or performance. This position requires a person who is extremely adaptable and able to work on a variety of projects. A radio associate producer will work full-time hours, though the shifts may vary according to the needs of the radio station. This person will typically attain a bachelor’s degree in a field such as production, advertising, or journalism. An associate producer will work under an executive and may be part of a team of other associate producers, as well as broadcasting assistants, DJs, technical staff and presenters.
Some responsibilities associated with associate producers in radio include researching ideas for radio programs, developing content, writing scripts, finding contributors, selecting appropriate music for the audience, presenting during pre-production meetings, managing various logistics, editing various pieces, interviewing presenters, ensuring that each aspect respects copyright laws, producing content, using relevant technology, conceptualizing ideas, organizing personnel, coordinating sound plans, selecting sound effects, and generating financial reports and status reports. An associate producer who works in radio should be extremely aware and knowledgeable of their audience and how to market toward the audience. This person should be able to balance many projects at once and adequately prioritize various projects. This position requires a person who has natural leadership skills yet is also able to take direction.
Associate Producer, Radio Tasks
Research potential stories and guests, conduct interviews, and schedule radio appearances.
Design, schedule, produce, and monitor live or pre-recorded radio shows.
Write and edit programs, scripts, and news stories.
Administrate daily functions of broadcast and production at the radio station.
Work within strict program guides and scheduling deadlines.