Repost: How to make it in radio and broadcasting

A BIG thank you to the team from Live and Learn Careers for the feature article and Q&A about my career and journey in the broadcasting industry so far! See an excerpt from the article below:

Radio and broadcasting is such a part of our daily lives, however, we recently realised that we have no idea how to get into the Industry or what it takes to be successful in it. So naturally, we just had to find out! We were able to catch Chris Jordan for a cup of coffee and chat about his career.

For those of you who do not know, Chris, he has been in the industry for roughly 20 years. He hosted one of the biggest radio shows on 94.7, appeared in several television productions, MC’ed loads of corporate gigs and concerts. While his experience indeed is impressive, it is not the only reason why we wanted to interview him. You see Chris is one of those guys who tackle life with intent and focus on understanding how things work and why it works the way it does. A clear example of this is the excellent textbook he wrote on the Radio Industry as well as the amount of time he invests in mentoring young up and coming talent. After spending some time with Chris, we can highly recommend that you get in touch with him through Chris Jordan Media if you are interested in a kickstarting or advancing your career in Broadcasting. We’ve asked Chris a few questions about his journey thus far, to give you some insight into a career in Radio and Broadcasting.

How did the journey into Radio and Broadcasting start for you?

Radio wasn’t the first thing I pursued after school. I studied BSC IT at the University of Pretoria. The link between IT and presenting on Radio is not clear so I will have to fill in the blanks! Studying at University is so much more than the academic programme you enrolled for, there are literally hundreds of clubs, committees, causes, projects etc. that you can get involved with. At the time, TUKS FM (a local campus/community radio station) exploded onto the scene, and I knew I had to get involved. I applied to be an on-air presenter, and I got in on my second attempt. We were a bunch of young people, having a go at Radio and learning how to stand on our own feet for the first time. Little did I know how profoundly this first ‘gig’ would change my life. I count myself as one of the lucky ones who were able to discover my passion early! To be honest, I can’t imagine doing anything else. 

 

For more, check out the full article over here.

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