So - you want to join us?
Black Country Radio broadcasts on FM, DAB and online.
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 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. 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.
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 experience in radio or other broadcast mediums, 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 Radio 2 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESENTERS - DAYTIME
We are looking for daytime presenters to compliment our existing team. We air four daytime shows every weekday:
• Breakfast - 7am-10am
• Mornings - 10am-1pm
• Afternoons - 1pm-4pm
• Drivetime - 4pm-7pm.
Applicants MUST have previous presentation or production experience, preferably at an Ofcom licensed station. 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! Opportunities include:
• Writing and reading our on air news 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 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 or travel plus get out and about gaining audio and video interviews.
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 - (You 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.
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.