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.

Chris Jordan Media launches for all the right reasons

Chris Jordan Media launches for all the right reasons

Learn more about the new collaborative independent company that focuses on the development of the radio broadcasting industry through consulting, e-Learning and more.

Author: CJM Editorial

Radio industry vet Chris Jordan has started a company to help shape and grow the radio broadcasting landscape through a variety of new ventures and projects. Chris Jordan Media, registered in 2017, focuses on creating opportunities for collaboration via key products and specialized services. The independent agency was started on the pillars of trust and integrity, with the hope that these values will filter through to each client and each project taken on board.

“I want to start pushing boundaries,” Managing Director Chris Jordan says. “Whether this is as part of consulting, training and development or in whichever venture we choose to tackle”. While largely focused on consulting, there is also a particular excitement about the growth of online learning in South Africa. e-Learning has in fact seen massive growth increases across the African continent, with Google recently revealing that they have been successful in educating one million young Africans as part of their 89 module online course promoting digital marketing skills development. Companies that are getting into the e-Learning space now are seen to be ahead of the curve and starting what looks to be an international shift in the global education model.

While still tight lipped on the subject, CJM has confirmed they will soon be launching a first series of online classes focused on radio training, in order to help shape a wide range of future and current broadcasters. Interested learners are encouraged to keep an eye on the Chris Jordan Media website and to subscribe to the company newsletter to learn more about when and where classes will be kicking off.

CJM hopes to eventually partner up with corporates in order to award bursaries to promising young people with big dreams across the broadcasting industry. This will be done in order to further develop radio skills and resources across the board. The company also wishes to provide existing and new products and services aligned with collaborators that share the same vision for awareness, development and exposure in the media industry.

“We’re taking things one day at a time,” Chris continues. “I’d like the company to grow steadily and organically into something that is sustainable in the long run. Being seen as a dependable industry leader with longevity five years from now would mean that we are on the right track and delivering on what we set out to do. It is and will always be a fluid process and I am looking forward to managing each obstacle along the way for the best possible outcome.”

Watch this space for big things from one of South Africa’s most promising new SME’s!