Black Country Radio broadcasts on FM across the Black Country, DAB across Birmingham and online throughout the world!
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 Heart and Free Radio to 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, to being part of the programming team. 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 over. Presenters 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. All roles are voluntary.
HOW TO APPLY
Firstly, take a look at the current vacancies listed below. These are the current roles we are looking to fill, however if you have previous radio experience (for example presenting a radio show, providing technical or production to radio shows) or are studying for broadcast qualifications or have previous experience in radio and are looking to get back into it, then we'd love top hear from you.
Please note that currently, at this time, we are not taking on people with no experience in radio or broadcast due to current training of new recruits, but 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 experience - just to hear your voice and style.
NB: Because of the high demand for volunteering at Black Country Radio we would ask you to be patient in our response to you. 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 email@example.com.
PRESENTERS - DAYTIME
We are looking for daytime presenters to compliment our existing team. We air four daytime shows every weekday:
• Breakfast Show - 7am-10am
• Mornings 10am-1pm
• Afternoons 1pm-4pm
• Drivetime 4pm-7pm.
To apply for this roles you MUST have previous experience of presenting radio shows, preferably at FM level (or as part of an Ofcom regulated station). You should have a good understanding of the importance of daytime output and understanding of the technical systems (such as Myriad or RCS Selector/Zetta) and on air content. You must be confident though and have an engaging manner and be friendly and personable - and an enjoyment and enhanced knowledge of radio broadcasting
Please note: currently we are not looking to take on presenters with no previous experience - opportunities may become available later in the year.
NEWS READERS AND JOURNALISTS
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 local news bulletins
• Researching and writing content for our website
• Attending news conferences, interview opportunities and press calls to report into the station
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 media or journalism course.
If that's not you, but you have a great voice, you can join our team to read local news, weather and travel plus get out and about gaining audio and video interviews.
JOIN OUR SPORTS TEAM
Black Country Radio broadcasts exceptional sports coverage. From local football and rugby to cricket and boxing, we do everything from panel discussions to full match commentaries and interviews with Olympians... if you have a passion for sport - get involved. From general behind the scenes support to commentating at matches - if sport is your thing, then get in touch.
• Presenting one of our three weekly sports shows (you should preferably have previous experience of on air presenting and a knowledge of presenting a content driven show).
• Live commentary at local sports events (a flare for on air commentary and extensive knowledge of the sport - particularly local football)
• Sports production support - one for you, if you want to get involved behind the scenes, from production support, admin through to social media.
• Sports journalists - If you have a passion for sports and are looking to build a career in sports journalism, who have been involved in the past and want to get back into grassroots reporting - then this one is for you! 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 media or journalism course.
And if you have a passion for your local club, whatever the local 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. We'd love to hear from you.
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 journey in radio the radio industry 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!
WORK EXPERIENCE AND THOSE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE
Please note that at this time sadly we do not offer work experience placements due to the nature of our setup means we can't guarantee staff levels. At this moment in time, you also must be over 18 to join the station.
- 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 for a minimum period of time.
- All positions are voluntary.
- We do not accept applications by post. Please send your applications using the form above.