About three decades ago the people we knew as Radio Announcers have now become Radio Jockeys, their roles too have changed and include fields like informing the audience, updating the audience and entertaining the audience. They have other names too and that is Radio DJs. These Radio Jockeys or DJ’s present music programmes and at the same time keep their audience interested by updating them with the latest news or holding interviews with celebrities and also with the common people, just anything to keep the audience interested in you. The Radio Jockeys or DJs become so popular that they are invited to hold live shows and programmes are advertised depending on their presence.
The basic requirement is a 10+2 .for admissions into certain courses offered, though there are not many courses for this profession.
All India Radio holds auditions every three months and the selected candidates are given special coaching for two months in which they are taught the various audio technologies, for getting into this course you should be a graduate in any field. Some institutes also offer courses in communication and broadcasting. Short -term workshops in diction, creative thinking and music appreciation are also of help. What is most important is and your ability to control it according to the situation. Diction and pronunciation should be clear. You should know how to modulate the pitch and tenor of your voice. For different radio programmes, one is required to modulate one’s voice differently. It is very important for a person to be spontaneous, and have a pleasing, friendly personality. A good voice and a strong command over language is the most important attribute.
Listening to other DJs and learning from their style to other famous and renowned Radio Jockeys and learn from their style.
Some universities offering courses are
- Jamia Millia Islamia University
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication
- JNU new campus
- Amity School of Journalism & Communication
- Asian Academy of Film & Television
- Wigan & Leigh College, New Delhi
- Sardar Patel College of Communication & Management, New Delhi
- Institute of Mass Communication, Manipal
Job Opportunities range from fm radios channel, to event management companies, live shows, award functions. Even TV Channels employ people with kind of expertise. The most famous names and stalwarts who have contributed towards making radio announcing popular in India are the Great Amin Sayani, his brother Hamid Sayan, Shiv kumar Saroj these were the pioneers in the field and were known as Radio Announcers. Most recently after the makeover to being called DJs we have had really popular ones like RJ SRee, RJ Radhika, Rakesh and Pragya at BIG FM etc.