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This 100% online short course is aimed at anyone wanting to get into radio

The path to radio success is a tough one. Like any creative industry you’ll need to spend valuable time learning – either formally through a college or institution or by volunteering in community or university stations. The latter camp is attractive to many under normal circumstances; who doesn’t want to work alongside artists and radio professionals in a community-driven environment?

But as we all know, right now stations all over the world are working on an essential-only skeleton staff. That’s where the AFTRS short course Radio Fundamentals comes in; it’s just over a month long, it’s fully completable online, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better introduction to the industry when you walk out the other side.

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Want to get into radio, but not sure where to start? Radio Fundamentals is a short course from AFTRS that could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Radio Fundamentals is an introductory course, suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some community radio experience. It’ll likely be your first taste of broadcast law and the shape of the industry, plus it will outline a few basic techniques and ideas that sit at the medium’s heart.

The six-week program will be taught by Madeline Joannou, a 12-year industry professional who has worked on some of Australia’s biggest programs including The Kyle & Jackie-O Show on 2Day FM and Rosso On Drive on Mix 106.5, plus network launches and rebrands for ABC and KIIS.

The course is currently being offered online at a discounted rate to accomodate potential students during the COVID-19 crisis. All classes will take place via Zoom video chats, meaning all you’ll need is a smartphone or laptop with an internet connection and a camera to take part.

Some of the skills you’ll walk away with include:

  • An introduction to the radio industry and broadcast law
  • Learn how to source and develop content and have a greater understanding of formats and daypart programming
  • Learn industry techniques for interviewing, writing for radio, producing and building shows

All slots for the Radio Fundamentals: Online course this May have been filled, but AFTRS are already registering interest for the next run of classes in July.

Register your interest for the July course here.