Discover the Secrets to Being an Awesome Radio DJ

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  • Lectures 56
  • Contents Video: 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

Radio presenting is great fun! I should know. I've presented on two FM radio stations, and way too many community stations.

With the explosion of internet radio in the last decade, Radio DJs are in demand. Literally, there's not enough radio DJs to go around.

But...

For the past eighteen years, I see beginner radio presenters making the same mistakes over and over again.

Put simply I got fed up...

So I decided to design a radio DJ training course for beginners, community radio DJs, hospital radio DJs and students of radio.

You'll get trained by a nine year BBC World Service veteran. I've trained staff at the BBC, at a community level, and I've managed a hospital radio station for five years.

What you'll learn:

With me, I'll get you presenting links with a focus.

I'll teach you how to plan your shows so you don’t talk randomly like a beginner.

I'll show you how to find content with ease.

I'll teach you how to cross subject topics.

You'll learn how to create a bond with your listeners.

I’ll show you all the mistakes that beginners make.

You’ll learn to always be 3 steps ahead.

I'll teach you how to get your presenting voice sounding awesome.

You'll discover how to forward promote content.

You'll learn how to bring local topics into your shows.

I'll show you how to interview.

I’ll teach you how to end your shows like a professional broadcaster.

You'll understand media law so you won't get sued!

And......

You’ll get down to earth sound advice; that doesn’t bore you to death!

Don't rent, own. Buy this course once, and own it for life.

BE ON AIR IN 6 HOURS!

In 54 fun lessons, you'll learn how to plan, prepare, structure and present a radio show.

CHANGE JOBS
My love for radio helped me to find a job at The BBC World Service. I worked at the BBC for 9 years! If I can do it, so can you!

By the end of this course you'll learn:

Research skills.
Prepping before air.
Writing for radio.
Places to source your show ideas.
How to technically operate the mixing desk.
Vocal tips.
How to interview.
Radio production advice.
Understanding media law.

This course is 90% video and 10% text based. Each video lesson comes with a PDF download. Lessons are split into small chunks, with each chunk building upon the last.

This course will be continually updated.

Start turning your love of music into an awesome radio show NOW!

What are the requirements?

  • Just jump in and get started!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Research and source ideas for their shows. Gain prep and planning skills to make their shows sound structured and professional. Learn about writing for radio and how to make their vocal links sound natural. Discover how to operate the mixing desk technically so their shows sound polished and experienced. Understand about correct broadcast levels, so students don't distort and sound amateurish. Learn how to interview guests in a professional manner. Learn about making a demo tape. Understand the importance of media law. And find out where to gain experience after the course.

What is the target audience?

  • Produced for complete beginners, community radio DJs, hospital radio DJs and students of radio. Get trained by a nine year BBC World Service radio veteran who's trained staff at the BBC and hospital radio.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
01:26

A brief outline of what the course entails and how to approach studying Discover the Secrets to Being an Awesome Radio DJ. Please make sure you also read the Starting Info PDF as well.

00:52

Some questions to consider before you start the show that's sitting inside your head. Please also read the Becoming Aware PDF.


Section 2: Demographics
05:35

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will learn about targeting the right station for their show and defining their target audience. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

03:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn more about targeting listeners and how it relates to the types of shows they want to do. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this.

03:32

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we discuss swearing on air and briefly look at libel. Just to warn you that this lesson maybe a bit dry :) Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 3: General Advice
06:56

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we look at keeping your show consistent, using set features, more on demographics, and a little bit on copyright with relation to self broadcasting. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:40

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lesson we start to look at what it takes to be a good radio DJ. We also look at why preparation is very important. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

03:53

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To understand the basic role of the radio presenter and how it relates to our show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


06:16

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To understand the importance of presenting our shows to one person and learning how to "paint pictures" with our words. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 4: Writing for Radio
03:50

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lesson we look at using our senses when writing presenter links and we also look at the 'active' voice. Warning: This lesson maybe a bit dry :) Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:55

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To look at the difference between the speaking and the writing voice and to understand the "padding words" that we need to avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 5: Show Advice
06:04

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand the reasons for keeping our presenting personal, advice on getting our message across and ways to avoid "local knowledge". Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

06:24

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand why new presenters should script their links first before they present. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:46

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To look more at the process of writing links for radio. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

06:39

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will understand the different types of links we can use and the different ways we can end our links. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

07:44

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will understand the different options for opening their shows and will be made aware of some of the common mistakes to avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:40

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To look at what a menu clip is and how we can use them for our show openings. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:25

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

In this lecture we look at storytelling and using the bullet system over scripting. We also recap some of the previous points. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on 
this lesson.

09:56

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand how we can use questions to get into a new subject areas and how we can move from one subject area to another subject area. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

03:26

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand the different "elements" we can use for our shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

00:15

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To understand why it's a great idea to create a running order for your shows.

10:06

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn how to source information for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson. There's also a PDF with some extra links to help you prep. This will be continually added too :)

09:47

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn why it's good to file away stories, why they should make their links personal, and using listener stories for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

08:36

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Here we discuss specialized shows, linking years in history to our stories and using opinions to cross links. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

08:51

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To learn and understand the reasons for forward promoting content. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

08:24

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Getting people to contribute to our show and looking at competitions. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

10:24

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

In this lesson we look at speaking over the intro of songs, speaking over the ends of songs and ways to round up our shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

11:00

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn how to link local elements with national topics in order to use them for their shows. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


07:32

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Here we look at what type of guests we can invite onto our shows and the different ways to interview our guests. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:17

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

More on guests. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.


07:05

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Here we look at ways to introduce items on your show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 6: Interviewing Skills
06:05

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn about what types of interview questions they should use and what types of interview questions they should avoid. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

04:09

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will understand how to get emotions from their interviewee into their interview. This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Interviews" course. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 7: Production
08:45

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Advice on how to use jingles and dry voicers during your show. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

05:45

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn tips and tricks for making their own show trails. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

07:02

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn the basics of mixing desks and the types of desks they may encounter in community radio. This tutorial was made for the presenters of K2K Radio in north London. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

07:33

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn how to operate a mixing desks for their show. They will learn how to PFL and set levels for a source using a desk with LED bar meters. All the information to this lecture will be in lecture 40's PDF. This tutorial was made for the presenters of K2K Radio in north London.

02:46

A guide to setting levels with PPM meters on the Sonifex S2 broadcasting console.

01:36

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To learn the correct broadcast levels when using a VU Meter. The notes to this lesson can be found in lecture 40.

00:15

A good recap of how to set levels using PPM Meters, VU meters or LED bar meters. Download this PDF and take it with you to the studio.

00:15

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To learn the main differences between using a community style desk and a professional broadcast desk. We also look at starting sources automatically, fader starting sources or manually starting sources. There's also a print out on questions about talkback to ask your trainer.

03:47

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

To look at the equipment that many community broadcasters have to use.


00:15

Print out this PDF and ask your trainer these key questions when they're training you.

Section 8: Voice Tips
10:39

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn tips for preventing mouth noises and ways to make their sentences come alive. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

06:14

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make our presenter links sound more natural. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

01:55

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Students will learn what "popping" is and ways to avoid popping. Read the notes in the download section that accompany this video for more information on this lesson.

Section 9: Common Mistakes
05:19

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make students aware of some of the common mistakes that new presenters make when broadcasting. Notes are included with the next lesson.

03:44

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

To make students aware of some of the common mistakes that new presenters make when broadcasting. In the download section is a PDF with the 20 most common mistakes.

Section 10: Media Law: Do Watch This!
06:05

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting and the resources to use for advice.

Notes for lectures 48 and 49 are here.

This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Media Interviews" Course.


04:47

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of libel laws when undertaking interviews and broadcasting and the resources to use for advice.

Notes can be found in lecture 49.

This video is taken from the "Discover The Secrets to Successful Media Interviews" Course.

03:47

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this tutorial students will understand the importance of copyright when undertaking interviews and broadcasting / publishing interviews. Resources to use for advice.

Section 11: You Made It!
03:35
Some tips and questions to ask yourself when analyzing your show.
No Surrender
04:45
Section 12: Miscellaneous Material-Tastic
00:15

In this lecture, students are given some basic comedy techniques to help make their written links more entertaining.


00:15

Here we look at: Avoiding feedback, basic studio rules, cueing up a record, TBU's, calls to the studios, and phone-ins.

00:15

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Instructor Biography

Ashley Cowan, BBC World Service Radio

Who am I?

My name's Ashley, and I'm just someone who loves training people in radio. I have over eighteen years experience in training including nine years at The BBC.

The Online Radio School has been a dream of mine since I started managing a hospital radio station in 1997. Back then I spent eight years training tons of volunteers in all aspects of radio. I tutored in presenting, reporting, interviewing and production.

I moved to The BBC World Service in 2002 and I stayed there for nine years. There I technically operated radio transmissions, edited interviews and documentaries and trained World Service staff in radio broadcasting.

I've now completed my two course's "Discover The Secrets to Media Interviews" and "Discover The Secrets To Being An Awesome Radio DJ!"

Music and Guitar

In my spare time I'm a singer songwriter who teaches guitar and performs in London. I've been playing guitar for twenty years. I like fingerpicking and writing strong lyrics. I've been played on BBC Radio London and Amazing Radio to one million listeners.

You can find my music on Soundcloud. 

"Ashley Cowan: The Great North Escape Soundcloud"

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