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Education in India, Career in India: Radio Jockey

A radio jockey (RJ) is a person who hosts a radio show, where RJ selects the music to be played out, topic of discussion, by socializing with audiences through interaction like phone calls, SMS, e-mail, etc. Ironically, the term, radio jockey has been derived from the term disc jockey, a person who plays music in the discotheques. However, its still not sure when it first became a rage amongst masses. The term is specifically used in India to be precise. In an era of modernity, the profession of RJ is considered hot and happening and because of the same fact and fragile connection with the target audiences have become common household names. Prominent names being Ameen Sayyani, Shamshir, Karan, Anil Srivastawa and Roshan Abbas, respectively Today, radio jockeys can start working at a fixed perks but the same can get jumps as the businesses in this area is increasing like never before. The future prospect of a radio jockey is that they can become a voice over artists, lend their voices for commercials, animated shows and movies and dubbed movies and can even go to other countries and host desi shows. Every radio jockey has his own style of communication. To make an indentation in the listenerís heart, apart from a good voice, the Radio Jockey should be tepid, gracious, impulsive, and vibrant and must possess good communication skills. One who is interested in this field must keep on observing how the RJ's handle the calls, interact with the listeners, how they answer tricky and awkward questions and comments from the listeners etc. Potential candidates must listen a lot to radio, try and come up with ground-breaking ideas and pack their voice with oomph. (Courtesy-

Personality Traits

RJ should be diplomatic because they have to speak with different types of people ond on different subjects. They must keep down-to-earth nature and good attitude so that listeners contentedly calls and speaks without any botheration.


Radio Jockeying is a talent based field. Even though no formal educational qualification is required, a degree or at least plus two is generally a pre requisite. The most essential factor for a Radio Jockey is a good voice with the ability to modulate as per the occasion. Apart from that, an RJ should have a clear diction, accurate pronunciation, flare and fluency in the language. They should be able to control the pitches of their voice and learn to use them to the best effect. Another distinguishing characteristic to become a successful radio jockey is the speed of response, good sense of humor, individuality, and creativity of mind, spontaneity and an intensive knowledge of music. Successful RJs have the ability to twist and turn their speech according to the situation. Staying updated is very important for a radio jockey. An RJ needs to keep track of the happenings in and around the city. People will enjoy listening to an RJ, if they can sound different on the show. Thus, qualities like mimicry, local dialects and comedy or humor items will help the RJ to carry on their shows.


No formal training is required in Radio Jockeying since it is a talented based field. To develop confidence and flare in this field, one needs to have exposure. RJ hunts or talent search are often conducted by FM channels to bring out original unique talent. There are a number of universities and institutes that offer courses in communication and broadcasting and a couple of institutes offering training on how to handle auditions and conduct short term workshops that focus on pronunciation, reading styles, music appreciation and creative thinking. But in the field of Radio Jockeying, only few institutes offer specialized courses and most of them have been started by well known anchors.

Institutes of Radio Jockey in India

Placements And Prospects

The job of a Radio Jockey is of diversifying nature depending on the subject matter of the program. They do not have a regular 9 to 5 job. They can be called to host or anchor a show anytime of the day or night. Their job profile includes selecting music, scripting and presenting radio shows. The success of the RJ depends the way they present a program as it can increase or decrease the listeners of the show. The way of anchoring should be original and the presentation should be interesting to the listeners, one has to give variations and punch to ones voice wherever necessary. A Radio Jockey should also be able to write scripts for a show and should be aware about the latest movies and songs. As Radio jockeys have to deal with sound equipment and computers, they should be familiar with them. Radio Jockeys can find work in organizations like AIR (All India Radio), Radio Mirchi, Radio City, Radio One, FM Rainbow, Radio Dhamaal, Radio Indigo, Red FM and other independent radio stations. The two options for entering into this field are by audition or by impending to a software producing company. AIR (All India Radio) holds auditions for RJs every 3 months in their radio stations in various cities especially in metros. The selection is highly competitive and the selected RJs are given in-house training for 2 months in everything from CD players to mixers to Digital audio technology etc. The software companies generally prefer people with 2-3 years experience. A few radio software producers in Mumbai are Radio star, Radio Mid-day and Radio Wani. Because of their voice standard, RJ can do voice-overs for television and radio advertisements. They can also lend their voices to audio magazines and documentaries. RJs also can anchor or compeer TV shows or live shows or events.


Radio Jockeys are in much demand with the opening of the air waves to the private sector. The beginners in the initial stage can earn between Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month. For sponsored programs, software producing companies may pay between Rs 1400 to Rs 2500 per show. After a few years of experience, the earnings can be raised double and depending on the popularity of their shows, RJ's can earn between Rs 15,000 up to Rs 85,000 per month. If you are recognized, then you will have all the right to demand your own price. As a radio jockey, besides getting contractual good money you earn by doing Ad commercials. You can earn more by doing voice-overs for television and radio advertisements. RJ's can earn Rs 2,000-3,000 per hour by doing shows for the Indian Diasporas on foreign radio. Another well-paid and upcoming option is radio broadcasting on the Net, which could earn you between Rs 40,000 to 50,000 per month.

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