- Radio Jockey job is for people who prefer fame over money.
- After few years, most people move out of this job to related media jobs.
- Working hours are flexible and you can manage your work and personal life well.
- Strong vocabulary, language command, good articulation, and pronunciation are must-have skills.
- Getting a job in the media industry is far easier when you are recommended by an insider.
- You have to be original and innovative about how you deliver your message.
- Even someone who loses their nerves in front of a crowd can do this job.
Name – RJ Naman
Profession – Radio Jockey at Radio Mirchi, Music artist at AAVEG (band)
Age – 23
Gender – Male
City – Nagpur
Industry – Media
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in Bhopal and raised in Hyderabad. I shifted to Nagpur around the age of sixteen, with my family and have been living here ever since. My father used to run a family business of cargo shipping, and my mother was a principal. She became a homemaker to take care of me. I have a younger sister who is still studying.
Who had the most influence on you and how?
My parents were a major influence on me throughout my life. My inspiration for my choice of career was Sonu Nigam. He had come out of a background without a spotlight in Bollywood and became a sensation.
Please give a summary of your career.
I started freelance singing in 2011 and have performed with popular associations like Ford and Sony Mix.
I finished my Mechanical Engineering from St. Vincent Palloti College in May 2018 and have done three years of Polytechnic before that.
I started working for Radio Mirchi on June 6, 2017. I used to host afternoon show Hangout where we discussed issues of college-going students; like body-shaming, periods, relationships, ragging and similar stuff. Now I work for the prime-time show from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Which institutes are best for the training/education of this profession?
I don’t have a clear idea as I didn’t study something related to my work. I learned it on the job. The more you practice it, the better you do it.
What are the costs associated with the training/education of this profession?
An average college offering courses in media costs about 20,000–70,000 INR per year. It may vary.
How does one enter in this profession?
Though there are courses which teach you and prepare you for this profession, however, it is best suited for folks who have inherent talent and passion.
For starter, there are a lot of things you can do to enter this profession. You should always be well-informed about the things going on around you. Reading the newspaper every day is a very good way to stay updated. Other than that, you can find all kinds of information available on the internet, but of course, you can’t cram it all in one day. This is not school, and to remember everything, this should exist as a habit. Secondly, you should build your contacts as recommendations are as important as skills. For example, I wasn’t exactly searching for a job when I got hired. One day, I received a call from Radio Mirchi and said they were looking for a radio jockey and somebody recommended me.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?
Starting out — 20,000 to 25,000 INR per month
5 years’ experience — 50,000 to 60,000 INR per month
There’s no salary range available for more than 5 years of experience because by that time most radio jockeys move out of this career and look out for better opportunities as media-person.
Please describe your work as a radio jockey.
My typical workday is very leisurely. I have a show to do from 5 pm to 9 pm for which I arrive at 2 pm. I do my homework before I start, chat with my co-workers, go for tea-breaks, and relax. While doing the show, I focus on it and take refreshments in regular breaks.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider radio jockey as a career?
- I have always prioritized fame before money. This job ensures me my liking of popularity.
- I get to inspire and motivate public, I often shape their opinion while voicing my own. And if I’m not able to influence them, the very least I do is to offer them a different angle of perspective and food for thought.
- The working hours are extremely flexible, I have an easygoing lifestyle.
- The best part is that I have a lovely life with no stress. I am enjoying even when I am working.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?
I personally don’t find anything too difficult about this job. We have to speak from a chamber with a mic. Even someone who loses their nerves in front of a crowd can do this job, given they’re in touch with proper speaking skills and daily incidents.
What are the relevant skills that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?
You should have a strong vocabulary, good articulation, and proper pronunciation. You should be aware of world events and have an opinion about it. Your point of view should be firm, it shouldn’t be varying on a day-to-day, weekly basis or even over long periods of time. Changing your opinion frequently confuses your audience.
You have to be creative. Some people think through what they have to say on the show, some do it spontaneously. Either way, you have to be original and innovative about how you deliver your message. You have to keep your audience engrossed. They shouldn’t get bored.
What kind of person would be happy in this career?
Someone who’s very outspoken isn’t afraid to speak their heart out. But at the same time, a person who loves to listen as much as they speak, who doesn’t judge and accepts opinions without getting offended.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
I don’t really have a master-plan for myself. But I want to stay in a position where I can express myself directly to my audience. So yeah, a few years from now, when I’m promoted from the position of radio jockey to managerial position, I’ll probably seek out for other opportunities. I haven’t yet thought it through, but I have time to figure myself out.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
Just to be a presentable version of yourself. Be casual, real. Keep it simple and understandable, like you’re talking to a buddy. That’s all you need.
Contributing Writer – Varidhi Shrivastava
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