A radio producer is responsible for the overall content and production of a radio programme. This includes the initial research, budget, staffing and technical aspects.
They usually work in one type of programme format such as music or talk-based.
You could be:
researching and developing new ideas for projects and programmes
finding contributors and people to be interviewed
writing material, scripts and choosing suitable music and archive recordings
drawing up schedules and conducting pre-production briefings for presenters, guests and technical staff
managing the budget
making sure that the programme meets copyright and legal requirements
recording, editing and presenting if needed
replying to listeners' comments and complaints
writing blogs and material for the programme website.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary, depending on:
the size of the organisation you work for
whether you are freelance.
Starting salaries for trainee producers working for a small local station may range from £13,000 to £18,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £21,000 to £37,000 a year. Senior producers can earn up to £45,000 or more a year.
Many radio producers work on a freelance basis, earning a set fee for a job. This could be from around £150 up to £300 a day.
You might work in an office or a recording studio.
You would work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
You might have to travel and spend time away from home when on location.
You would work under heavy pressure, having to meet tight deadlines and keep within budget.