careers in Broadcasting

There're plenty of opportunities in front and  behind the mic.

MASTER CONTROL/VIDEOTAPE ENGINEER

WHAT THEY DO: Master Control Operators are responsible for operating the recording and playback equipment for live programs, managing commercial breaks in network, and playback of taped shows.

REQUIREMENTS: Many stations are willing to train their entry-level engineering staff to operate equipment. Nonetheless, there are trade schools across the country that provide training in electronic; in addition, the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has certification programs for each state.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

WHAT THEY DO: A production assistant works with all production personnel, to help make the lives of producers easier by handling any and every task assigned.

REQUIREMENT: PA must have excellent organizational skills. The best training for a PA is experience. Internships at a station are an excellent way of getting that experience.

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

WHAT THEY DO: The production manager assigns announcers, schedules studios, arranges recording sessions, produces commercials, and directs programs.

REQUIREMENTS: Anyone in production must have excellent organizational skills. The production director must understand the nature of broadcasting and bring new ideas to work every day.

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