Production directors for radio broadcasting manage all aspects of radio programming, including content, on-air talent, and program sponsors. They decide which programs and music playlists will be broadcast by their radio stations, and they must approve content and program schedules. These directors must have thorough knowledge of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations, company policies, and applicable federal, state, and local laws. They must familiarize themselves with their organization's computer systems and be able to use them effectively.
Production directors of radio broadcasting are typically in charge of overseeing staff, and they must be able to work with a diverse clientele (including representatives of company sponsors and the general public). Production directors must continually monitor and evaluate music and programs selected for their radio stations, making changes as needed.
At least a bachelor's degree in a related field and relevant experience are generally required for this position. Production directors for radio broadcasting must have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong leadership abilities, and the ability to multitask and effectively delegate tasks. They must stay up-to-date with industry news and technological updates, as well as their listening audience's needs.
Production Director, Radio Broadcasting Tasks
Plan, schedule and coordinate recording sessions.
Oversee and direct programming.
Coordinate and schedule studios, announcers, and programs.
Approve, schedule and monitor commercials and other paid programming.