Get Involved With Black Country Radio
About Black Country Radio
Black Country Radio broadcasts on FM, DAB and online, 24 hours a day.
Each and every person involved in the station is here on a voluntary basis; however please don't confuse the word 'voluntary' with the word 'amateur'. Some of our team have worked for the biggest radio brands in the country - from commercial giants like Bauer and Global through to national stations including BBC Radio 2 and 6Music. Others bring their own skill set from outside of the radio industry, having never set foot inside a studio before they join us.
The only difference between us and any other station is the pay packet; we’re here for the love of what we do.
We have an ever-growing total of more than 100 people in our team who all work together to produce a fully functioning, award winning, local radio station from the heart of the Black Country.
Throughout the year, we have a selection of opportunities opening up. These range from helping out behind the scenes, to staffing our roadshows - it’s a great way to learn new skills and develop confidence plus, whether it’s an hour a week or 4 hours a day, it’s a great way to have some ‘you’ time to indulge in what you love.
Remember; working at a radio station isn't exclusively about presenting a show - in fact that's a tiny percentage of what goes into making Black Country Radio tick. Presenters, at any level, rarely walk into that role - they spend time learning the trade and understanding the station intimately first.
Please note that we get a lot of applications and we prioritise based on areas that we need support.
Given the current situation with Coronavirus - you are welcome to apply to the station - but please note there may be a delay in responding to you. We appreciate your support in this.
HOW TO APPLY
Firstly, take a look at the current vacancies listed below.
These are the roles we are looking to fill as a priority, however if you have previous media experience, or are studying for broadcast or journalistic qualifications, then we'd love to hear from you too.
At this time, we are not taking on people who have no broadcast experience, due to existing training demands. Please keep an eye on our website for any future opportunities.
CLICK HERE to fill in an enquiry form, making sure that (where applicable) you link us to examples of your work. We're not looking for 30 years at the BBC - just to hear your voice and style.
We are looking for daytime presenters to compliment our existing team. We air four daytime shows every weekday:
• Breakfast (0700-1000)
• Mornings (1000-1300)
• Afternoons (1300-1600)
• Drivetime (1600-1900)
Applicants MUST have previous presentation or production experience, preferably at an Ofcom licensed station, or be undertaking an accredited course at college or university.
You should have a good understanding of the importance of structured daytime output and at least a basic understanding of playout systems (such as Myriad or RCS Selector/Zetta) and studio operation.
We're looking to develop our news team to help us continue to be the source for Black Country stories!
• Writing and reading our on air news and/or sport bulletins
• Researching and writing content for our website
• Attending news conferences, interview opportunities and press calls
Candidates should ideally have previous experience in journalism with a solid understanding of the legalities involved in news writing, or be in the second year (or higher) of a degree level journalism course.
If that's not you, but you have a great voice, you can join our team to read local news, weather or travel plus get out and about gaining audio and video interviews.
Black Country Radio broadcasts exceptional, award winning sports coverage. From general behind the scenes support to commentating at matches - if sport is your thing, then get in touch.
• Presenting one of our weekly sports shows
• Live commentary at local sports events
• Sports production support
Or, if your time is more limited but you have a passion for your local club, whatever the sport, why not join us as a contributor? If you have a detailed understanding and are able to provide valuable input into our sports shows and news - then get in touch with our sports editor.
PRODUCERS AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
We are looking to expand our team of producers and production assistants to compliment and support our output of shows. This can be basic support skills such as answering the phone and vetting texts and emails, through to full production assistance ensuring shows run smoothly.
This role covers our daytime shows and specialist content. We're particularly interested in production support for Breakfast and Drivetime (ideally with experience in the role) and for our sports show on Saturday afternoons.
This is a great way to start your media journey and a great way to put skills from a college or University course into practice. You'll learn new skills and develop existing ones, leading to other roles in the station in the future.
- The biggest requirement we have from all new members is commitment. If you're successful and offered a role, we'll invest time and money in training you - we need people who can commit to that role.
- All positions are voluntary.
- We do not accept applications by post. Please send your applications using the form above.
- At this time, sadly, we do not offer work experience placements.
- We aim to reply within 14 days, however if you haven't heard from us in 28 days then please feel free to follow up your enquiry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.