Radio Presenter Māngai Reo Irirangi

Radio presenters introduce music, and present or host programmes on the radio.

Radio presenters may do some or all of the following:

  • research and prepare for programmes and interviews
  • prepare scripts
  • host interviews or talkback shows
  • operate studio equipment
  • select and play programmes and music
  • communicate with the audience via social media, email and telephone
  • turn content into video
  • share content on social media when on or off air
  • read news, sports or weather reports
  • provide a commentary on live events
  • present advertisement interviews (advertorials) with advertising clients
  • host outside events such as community events and competitions.

Physical Requirements

Radio presenters need to have clear speech and an expressive voice.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for radio presenters includes:

  • public speaking
  • journalism
  • sales and marketing
  • drama or speech training
  • any work in the broadcasting industry.

Personal Qualities

Radio presenters need to be:

  • confident and able to think quickly on their feet
  • relaxed and able to work well under pressure, as they have the attention of an audience and work to strict timetables
  • interested in people and the community
  • organised
  • excellent communicators with good listening skills
  • good at planning and research
  • good at managing time
  • able to pronounce English and Māori words correctly and clearly.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for radio presenters includes:

  • public speaking
  • journalism
  • sales and marketing
  • drama or speech training
  • any work in the broadcasting industry.

Radio Presenters can earn around $39K-$150K per year per year.

Radio presenters usually start off working for a small regional radio station before moving into roles with larger, more popular radio stations.

Radio presenters may specialise in areas such as music DJing, talkback and current affairs.

Radio Presenter

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